Man out $48,000 in computer scam: Highland Heights Police Blotter


Fraud: South Greenway Court

A man, 78, reported Nov. 12 being the victim of a scam after he called a phone number associated with an email about anti-virus protection. He was under belief he was going to receive virus protection, but during the call he gave access to his bank accounts and a $48,000 transfer took place. The transfer was successful as the man did not report the incident for several days. Police are working with his bank to investigate the matter.

Theft: Wilson Mills Road

A Cleveland man, 57, stole $432 worth of merchandise from Home Depot Nov. 11 and left in a vehicle as a passenger. That vehicle was stopped by South Euclid police and the man admitted to theft. He was charged with theft and turned over to Maple Heights police on active warrant.

Theft: Wilson Mills Road

A shoplifter fled from Home Depot Nov. 11 with two Dyson vacuum cleaners, valued at $399 each. He left as a passenger in a vehicle, which was stopped by Mayfield Village officers. The Cleveland man, 36, admitted to the theft and was found to have warrants with the Ohio Parole Authority.

Theft: Wilson Mills Road

A shoplifter at Home Depot was taken to the loss prevention office Nov. 12 but fled before officers arrived. He was found in the backseat of a vehicle shortly after it fled from the area. He claimed to have medical issues and was taken to the hospital, but Mayfield Heights police said they have dealt with the Parma man, 36, and he has a history of making false medical claims. He was subsequently charged with the felony theft of $1,465 worth of merchandise and found to have multiple arrest warrants.

Disturbance: Wilson Mills Road

Two women got into a fight at the Harry Buffalo Nov. 15 after one woman was there with a man and the sister of his ex-girlfriend was also at the business. That woman made comments to the man and his current girlfriend and a fight ensued. The suspect, a 31-year-old Wickliffe woman, left prior to the arrival of officers as instructed by the staff. The incident is under investigation.

Theft: Wilson Mills Road

A Euclid man, 56, was cited with theft at Home Depot Nov. 16 after he made a fraudulent return by selecting items that were on a receipt he brought into the store. The value of theft was $206.

Breaking and entering: Wilson Mills Road

Around 5:30 a.m. Nov. 17, a man entered Dunkin Donuts and said there was a fire and broken glass at the rear of the neighboring Denny’s restaurant. Responding officers found no active fire but discovered someone had attempted to break into the business. A Youngstown man, 23, was located in the area and found to be responsible for the breaking and entering. He was arrested and believed to have mental health issues.

Suspicion: Ox Ridge Trail

A man said Nov. 12 that his wife was walking with their children when a male parked in an SUV said, “can I take one of your kids?” Responding officers learned the man was a construction worker and a Polish immigrant. He said he was just commenting about how cute the children were and meant no harm. He was strongly warned about how such comments could cause alarm.

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