Thief Takes GPS, Leaves Behind a Purse; Suspicious Package: Police Blotter

The following information was provided by the Strongsville police department


A Forestwood Drive woman went outside Jan. 29 to find someone had stolen the GPS from her car, but apparently left someone's purse behind.

The woman told police the purse, with its contents dumped out, was on the side of her house.

Officers found identification in the handbag and returned it to its owner on Prospect Road, who was happy to get it back and said it had contained only a few dollars.

The GPS was worth $150.

Unwelcome Light Show

Shoppers weren't happy with three people shining a green laser light on them at Dick's Sporting Goods about 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

The male with the light was banned from SouthPark Mall for a year.

Suspicious Delivery

An Oliver Drive family got worried when Fed Ex delivered a package, but they hadn't ordered anything.

The envelope, which did not have a return address, arrived Jan. 30.

An officer opened it and found it contained mortgage papers.

More Suspicious Mail

A man on Akita Court was concerned about receiving a letter asking him to go to church.

Police looked at the papers and found it was information left by Jehovah's Witnesses.

Picturing a Crime

A resident on North White Oaks Drive reported someone driving an older white van through the neighborhood Jan. 30, taking pictures of certain things.

The anonymous caller wasn't sure what the person was photographing. Police checked the area, but couldn't find the van.


A small red car took out a mailbox on Echo Drive about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31.

A neighbor saw the incident and got the car's license plate. Police are following up.

Maybe the Wind?

Three people reported hearing someone trying to get into their house this week.

On Jan. 28, an 11-year-old boy on Lake Meadows Drive heard someone trying to open the sunroom door about 8:30 p.m. 

The next day, an Oliver Drive woman called police about 6:40 p.m. to say she was upstairs with her children and heard the garage door open. She believed someone was in the house.

And on Jan. 30, a woman on Woodleaf Road heard somone trying to get in her front door about 9:30 p.m.

In all three cases, police found nothing amiss.

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