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Two suspects take woman’s car key at gunpoint in store, but are unable to chase her: Cleveland Heights police blotter

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Aggravated theft: Lee Road

At 6.15pm on February 1, police were dispatched to Zagara Market, 1940 Lee Road, following a report of an attempted robbery. A woman told officers she had finished shopping and had taken her cart back to the store. She returned to her car while talking on the phone. When she reached her car, she was grabbed by the wrist and hand from behind. She turned around and saw a male teenager.

The teenager said, “Give me your keys.” The woman screamed and held her keys until another man appeared behind her. The first man then pointed a gun at her and the woman returned her keys.

The two men got into the car, but were unable to move it. The woman then shouted at them, “Then you better get out.” The suspects got out of the car, got into their waiting car and drove off. A woman witnesses the event after hearing the victim scream. The witness described the suspects as between 16 and 19 years old.

Police were able to obtain fingerprints and DNA from the various things the suspects touched and are investigating. The woman was unharmed.

Car theft: Mayfield Road

At 6:20 p.m. on January 29, a man entered the Walgreen store at 3020 Mayfield Road to purchase batteries. Shortly after, a group of three or four young men approached, one of them snatched the car keys from the man’s coat pocket.

The suspects then ran out of the store, followed by the man. The suspects entered the man’s Honda car and locked its doors as the man attempted to open the driver’s side door. The Honda was then driven away, with one of the suspects waving at the man with his middle finger. Surveillance footage from the store showed police the suspects running out of the building, but did not capture the theft.

At 11:05 p.m. on February 1, Cleveland Police notified Cleveland Heights Police that the stolen car was found, unoccupied, on West 31st Street in Cleveland. The car had been used in an aggravated theft.

Disorderly Driving: Mayfield Road

At 12:20 a.m. on January 29, police were dispatched to an apartment following a report of an unwanted guest. At the scene, a man told officers he wanted his girlfriend to leave his apartment because she was drunk and arguing with him.

The man said his girlfriend brought another woman home and they were all drinking and arguing. When the man told the police that his girlfriend also lived in the flat, he was told that the officers could not get her to leave. The woman said she didn’t want to leave and would spend the evening alone in a room.

As the police left the building, they heard a scream coming from the apartment and what sounded like thrown objects. The screaming woman shouted “Let go of me” and “Stop”. Officers ran inside and found the man and his girlfriend arguing. The sound could be heard throughout the building.

The drunk woman could not speak clearly. She made it known that she didn’t want her boyfriend arrested and left to do nothing. The man, also inebriated, mumbled his words. The man was determined to have caused trouble and trouble, so he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

It was the second time in recent days that the police had been called to the apartment.

Car theft: Lee Road

At 12:40 a.m. on January 28, a woman who works at the Cornerstone Lounge, 1918 Lee Road, reported that her car had been stolen outside the business. The woman said a colleague started his car for her and left her spinning outside the bar. About seven minutes later, she discovered the car was missing.

The 2017 Kia Sportage has push-button start, so the owner still had the car key in their possession when the vehicle was stolen.

At 8:15 a.m. on January 28, Cleveland police informed the CHPD that the Kia had been found, unoccupied, on Ansel Road in Cleveland. Police were able to take fingerprints and DNA samples from the car.

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