Police Blotter: New Mail Scam Surfaces
The following information was provided by the Strongsville police department
A Drake Road resident called police Nov. 10 after receiving an apparent scam letter in the mail.
The letter was a collection notice from Plaza Recovery, saying they were willing to accept a settlement of $44.56 on a balance of $89.11 on behalf of Commerce Energy.
A police officer called the number and spoke with a Plaza representative, who became uncooperative after the resident refused to provide the last four digits of her Social Security number.
The officer advised the resident to file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General.
A man was found taking pictures in a Wellington Court back yard about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
When the resident approached, he was evasive about what he was doing there.
The man was gone when police arrived.
Auto Part Theft
A Whitney Road man told police someone stole the catalytic converter from his vehicle between Nov. 4 and 6.
An Adams Drive resident reported a break-in at a neighbor's house after spotting a man on a new bicycle, carrying frozen food, at 3:45 a.m. Nov. 10.
Things aren't always what they seem, though.
Police determined the man was riding a bicycle he had purchased at Walmart, with the tags still on it, and was carrying some food he had taken from the trash bin behind GFS.
He dropped some of the food and parked his bike in the driveway to reorganize the items.
He was not trying to break in, a report said.
A resident of Wolf Run Circle complained Nov. 7 about a man selling alarm systems without a solicitor's permit.
The man told police he isn't selling anything -- just doing a survey to see if it would be worth selling alarm systems in the area.
A permit is not required for surveys. Police told the man to continue what he was doing.