Florida couple arrested for stealing political yard signs: University Heights police blotter

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — Theft from private property: Hillbrook Road

At 10:15 p.m. Oct. 7, an officer watched as a pickup truck stopped in front of a house. The truck’s passenger got out, took a political yard sign from a lawn, and put it in the back of a truck. Police stopped the truck and found in its bed four yard signs.

Arrested for theft was a woman, 55, while her husband, 56, was arrested for complicity. The couple are residents of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Meanwhile, at 11:55 a.m. Oct. 7, a resident of Washington Boulevard reported the theft of political yard signs.

Traffic offense: Miramar Boulevard

At 11:35 p.m. Oct. 5, an officer saw a pickup truck being driven without registration. During the ensuing traffic stop, the driver, a Cleveland man, 46, told police that the truck’s registration had just been stolen a few minutes earlier. Police determined that the truck was not stolen.

The man was cited for operating a vehicle without license plates, driving with a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt.

Illegal use of credit cards: Cedar Road

At 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6, a University Heights woman, 51, reported that someone made a fraudulent charge on her credit card. The charge was in the amount of $618, and was made at Target, 14070 Cedar Road. The suspect is unknown. Police are investigating.

Traffic offenses: Warrensville Center Road

At 9:40 p.m. Oct. 6, an officer saw a Ford Explorer traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Warrensville Center Road and attempted to make a traffic stop by activating his cruiser’s overhead emergency lights. The driver continued driving, but eventually came to a stop.

The driver, a Cleveland man, 43, was cited for multiple traffic violations and issued a criminal citation for fleeing and eluding before being released at the scene.

Theft from auto: Washington Boulevard

At 7:45 a.m. Oct. 7, a woman, 39, reported that someone stole $100 from her unlocked car, which had been parked on her property during the previous night.

Alleged patient abuse: Fairmount Boulevard

Police, as of Oct. 9, are investigating a claim made by a girl, who is currently in the custody of the Seneca County Juvenile Detention Facility, that she was allegedly abused by staff members while living at Bellefaire JCB, 22001 Fairmount Blvd.

Burglary: Milford Road

At 3:55 p.m. Oct. 10, a man, 34, reported that several items were stolen from his home. The man is renovating the home and the stolen items were being used to carry out the renovation work.

Drug paraphernalia possession: Cedar Road

At 1:30 a.m. Oct. 11, an officer stopped a car for not using a turn signal and for not having license plates properly displayed. The driver, a Cleveland man, 29, consented to a search of his car.

In the vehicle, officers found drug paraphernalia. The man was cited for the traffic violations, as well as drug paraphernalia possession and driving with a suspended license.

Theft by deception: South Green Road

At 9:40 a.m. Oct. 11, a woman, 77, reported that she was the victim of fraud. The woman said she was contacted on the phone by someone claiming to be a government representative calling about an issue over a warrant.

The woman was coerced into purchasing $5,700 worth of gift cards in exchange for clearing the fictitious arrest warrant. The detective bureau is investigating.

OVI: Cedar Road

At 8:05 p.m. Oct. 11, an officer watched as a pickup truck was driven through a red light at Cedar Road and Miramar Boulevard. During the ensuing traffic stop it was found that the driver, a Cleveland Heights man, 60, was intoxicated. The man, it was learned, had a blood-alcohol content of .197, above the state minimum for drunk driving of .08.

Police charged the man with OVI and impounded his truck.

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