$3K worth in lottery tickets stolen
LORAIN — Thieves hoping luck was on their side cut a hole in the roof of a local business in order to enter and steal more than $3,000 worth of instant Ohio Lottery scratch-off tickets.
The owners of Certified Auto Sales on the 1400 block of East 28th Street discovered the damage and theft Friday morning. In total, 1,175 miscellaneous lottery tickers were taken from the business.
Police had to travel to the building’s roof to discover how the thieves got in. According to a police report, it appears the thieves first drilled a small hole into the roof to determine their location atop the building. That first hole was right above the lobby.
The thieves then made a larger hole of approximately six feet wide in another area of the roof. This time they were over the office area, where the tickets were stored. They climbed down into the room and stole the entire lottery display as well as two cell phones.
Ceiling tiles, light fixtures and drywall were left on the floor of the office.
Police have no suspects at this time, but every stolen lottery ticket has since been reported stolen and cancelled by the state agency.
Abandoned pets discovered in home
LORAIN — Two abandoned pets were found a home on the 800 block of West 22nd Street.
The landlord of the residence went to the home around 11:30 a.m. Friday to check on the property after a tenant moved out and discovered two animals, a black and white mixed breed dog and brown and gray cat, were left inside the home with no food of water.
A window was left opening, which allowed the animals to get in and out of the home. But according to a police report they were both very skinny and appeared to have not eater for some time.
The Humane Society was called to the home to pick up the animals. The former tenant’s current address is unknown at this time.
Police: Fight over Facebook comment
ELYRIA — A mother and her teenage daughter were two of three people charged with assault after allegedly beating a 22-year-old Elyria woman on the 1100 block of Barbara Street.
The victim, Kayla Williams of Telegraph Road, told police she was at Pudge’s Place around 2 a.m. Saturday when she spotted two women she had previously gotten into an altercation with over a comment on Facebook. But instead of getting into a second confrontation, Williams told police she left the bar and walked to a home on the 1100 block of Garden Street.
By the time Williams got to Barbara Street, she told police a woman, later identified as 34-year-old Teresa Wallington, came out of the house and began punching her in the face. According to a police report, the two fell to the ground and as Williams tried to defend herself, 33-year-old Kelly Bolinger and Wallington’s 14-year-old daughter came out of the house and joined in the fight. All three were hitting Williams while she was on the ground. The teenage girl bit the woman on the forearm, the report said.
After several minutes, the woman stopped the assault and Kayla got up from the ground and walked away. The police later found Wallington, Bolinger and Wallington’s daughter at the home on Barbara Street and all three were charged with simple assault.
Wallington and Bolinger were taken to the Lorain County Jail women’s facility and, Wallington’s daughter was allowed to stay at the home with a notice to appear in juvenile court.