Police help senior citizen couple steer clear of sweepstakes phone scam: North Royalton Police Blotter
Fraud, W. 130th: Police were dispatched at 11:33 a.m. Feb. 27 to a home on W. 130th. The day before the elderly couple had reported receiving harassing phone calls from someone saying they won money in a sweepstakes.
The calls had been coming for a few weeks. While the wife viewed the calls as suspicious, her husband often entered sweepstakes and felt it could be legitimate. As luck would have it, while the officer was there a sweepstakes call came to the home.
The officer listened via speaker phone as the woman on the line told the man he won $2.5 million that was going to be delivered to his home in 45 minutes. That’s when the officer introduced himself.
He asked what company she was with. She replied International Check Clearing House. He asked for her address but she wouldn’t give it. The husband asked the woman not to call back again.
The officer checked on the phone numbers used for the calls and discovered it was a national scam. The winner has to pay a fee to cash the winning checks. Because the calls were coming from out of state, the officer suggested the couple get in touch with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Identity theft, Silverleaf Drive: A North Royalton woman, 41, came to the police station at 5:23 p.m. Feb. 28 to report two macy’s credit card credit cards had been fraudulently opened in her name.
When the woman talked to Macy’s headquarters, she was told in addition to the store credit card an American Express card had also been opened in her name; however, no money had been charged to either account.
Drunk driving, Royalton Road: A speeding blue Ford Focus caught the attention of police at 2:53 a.m. March 2 on Royalton Road. The officer smelled alcohol while talking to the driver and passenger.
When asked why she was driving so fast, the woman driver said she thought driving fast would help her car get up the hill in the snow. She admitted to having one beer to drink.
The woman, who talked with mumbled speech, gave the officer her driver’s license and a credit card. After failing a field sobriety test, during which she said, “I think this is [expletive], I mean this is a violation of my rights,” the woman was arrested for drunken driving.
When asked if she was under the influence of alcohol, she said, “Yes I am. Am I drunk? No.” The woman was also cited for speeding.
Theft, Bennett Road: A North Royalton woman, 19, came to the police station at 2:51 p.m. Feb. 22 to report her friend, a Broadview Heights woman, 21, was responsible for stealing a gun case.
Police talked to a North Royalton man, 22, who said last September his gun case was stolen from his Albion Road home. When the North Royalton woman found out who took the case, she questioned her friend who said she had planned on selling it.
However, the Broadview Heights woman was arrested for drunken driving in November. It turned out she had the gun case when she was arrested. It was in the evidence locker at the police station.
The police tracked down the Broadview Heights woman, who was charged with receiving stolen property.
Drug paraphernalia, W. 130th: Police pulled over a speeding car at 1:16 am. Feb. 23 on W. 130th. There were four men in the car. They were headed to Strongsville. The officer could smell a faint scene of marijuana.
The driver consented to a search of the vehicle, which yielded a pipe with burnt residue that smelled like marijuana. One of the passengers, 20, said the pipe was his. Another passenger, 18, showed the officer a cigarette pack filled with marijuana.
The driver was issued a warning for speeding, while the passengers were respectfully cited for drug abuse and paraphernalia.
Marijuana possession, York Road: A speeding silver Honda Accord caught the eye of a police officer at 2:39 a.m. Feb. 24 on York Road. When the officer approached the car, he noticed not only a baggie in the backseat but also a green leafy substance on the gearshift.
The Parma Heights driver, 18, appeared lucid but also nervous. He said he was headed home. The man said he didn’t know anything about the baggie or leafy substance.
While searching the car, police discovered additional green residue, a grinder, a pipe, rolling papers and silver screens. The driver was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse. He was also cited for speed.
Marijuana possession, Walnut Hill Drive: Police were dispatched at 1:33 a.m. Feb. 26 to a Walnut Hill Drive apartment regarding a disturbance complaint. When the officers arrived, the car with arguing adults had left.
However, police did notice a Ford 150 drop off a resident with prior drug and theft arrests. The police followed the truck, which was pulled over on Royalton Road for not having a working rear license plate light.
The officer talked to the driver, who smelled like air freshener. He appeared disoriented and nervous. When the driver opened up his glove compartment to get out his registration, police saw a baggie.
When the officer searched the truck he found marijuana all over the glove box. The driver admitted he had been smoking marijuana earlier. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse.
He was also cited for not having a working rear license plate light.