Ringing phone blows shoplifter’s cover: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter

BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio

Theft: Market Place Drive

A Cleveland woman, 19, was charged with felony theft after stealing a Walmart employee’s cellphone at 8:50 pm April 16.

Missing her phone, the employee began watching the woman and her friend, 28, also of Cleveland, who had been standing near the phone before it went missing. The shoppers appeared to put some items in their purses and, when they went through the self check-out, they failed to properly ring up and pay for 18 items, valued at $142.93.

They denied taking the employee’s phone, but when the arresting officer called the number, the younger woman’s purse started ringing.

She was charged with a felony crime due to the cost of the phone, and was transported to the Geauga County jail. The other woman was cited with theft and released pending a court appearance.

Traffic stop: US 422

After stopping a vehicle going 81 mph in a 65 mph zone shortly before midnight April 19, the officer learned that the passenger, a Warren man, 19, had multiple arrest warrants. He also had raw marijuana on his person.

He was cited for the marijuana possession and released to Lordstown police on their warrant.

The driver, a Warren woman, 20, was cited for speeding.

Theft: Market Place Drive

An innovative Solon woman, 36, used the barcode from a $1 loaf of French bread and a $2.18 barcode from a cake decorating item to attempt to steal grocery items valued at a total of $124.15 April 18 from the Walmart self check-out register.

Police cited her with theft. She will face Chardon Municipal Court.

Theft: Market Place Drive

A shopper at Walmart returned to her car at 11:30 am April 18 and found that her catalytic converter was missing from the vehicle. She reported the theft. Police are unsure if it happened at the shopping center.

Traffic stop: US 422

An officer on patrol at 1 am April 20 stopped a vehicle driving 12 mph over the 65 mph speed limit. The vehicle had an expired Pennsylvania license plate.

The driver, 26, said he had been sightseeing in the area. When asked, he admitted that he had a small bag of marijuana and a joint. The officer cited him for speeding, expired license plate and marijuana possession.

Crash: Chillicothe Road

With 3 inches of snow on the road and traffic stopped at the bottom of the Tanglewood hill at 7:10 am April 19, a Middleburg Heights driver, 41, failed to stop and struck another vehicle from behind.

Police cited her with not keeping an assured clear distance from the vehicle in front.

The victim, a Mantua woman, 18, had minor injuries, but did not want to be transported for medical care.

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