Wednesday, Aug. 29
10:07 a.m. — 100 block E. Bridge St., reported break-in at Spitzer’s. Tools were reported stolen, and the building was ransacked. The tools were later found in an alleyway between Spitzer’s and the Elyria Fire Department.
2:45 p.m. — 200 block Lake Ave., police said three large marijuana plants were found in the backyard of a home on Lake Avenue. The resident of the home said he knew the plants were there but said he did not grow them. The man, who was not named, told police the plants likely grew from his friends tossing their marijuana joints in the yard. Police did not charge the man but took the plants as evidence. Charges may be filed at a later date, according to police.
5:31 p.m. — 300 block Market Drive, John W. Peters, 36, 7800 block Harvard Ave., arrested and charged with theft. A manager at Giant Eagle said Peters shoved $163 worth of meat and seafood down his pants and tried to leave the store. She said when she asked Peters why he stole the food he said, “It’s just a habit.”
Thursday, August 30
2 a.m. — 200 block Dennison Ave., reported burglary to a home. A man said the side window to his home was open, and a television and his wife’s purse were missing. Police used a police dog to track the suspect’s footprints, which led to the corner of Park and Dennison avenues, but the suspect was not located.
6:20 a.m. — 100 block Illinois Circle, reported burglary to a home. The suspect reportedly entered through an unlocked window and stole a purse that was later found in the back yard. A man that lived in the house said only $5 in cash was missing from the purse.
Tuesday, Aug. 28
10:12 p.m. — Arkansas and Erie avenues, Matthew Milligan, 23, arrested and charged with criminal damaging. Milligan’s cousin said Milligan climbed on to the roof of her car and stomped on the windshield, shattering the glass. Police said a clear footprint was found on the broken glass.
10:53 p.m. — 2800 block Cromwell Drive, reported burglary to a home. A woman told police she came home to find her front door unlocked and open, but she did not know if anything was stolen because she was moving and her items were in boxes. A neighbor reported seeing a suspicious male, who was driving a gold Impala with a rear spoiler, walk up to the front door and come back to the car after several minutes. The man was described as a slender Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet, 2 inches tall.
2:51 p.m. — 1000 block W. 12th St., a woman told police a van pulled into a driveway near her home, and a woman walked out of the van to do work behind a home. A man remained in the van and watched her children play, she said, and later walked over to her and began talking about her children. When the man asked to hold her child, the woman called police, and the man left later. The woman said she did not know if the man was being friendly or trying to take her child. He was described as a 40- to 45-year-old black male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. He was reported driving a Burgundy minivan.
4 p.m. — 1500 block W. Erie Ave. reported breaking and entering of a vacant home.
5:08 p.m. — 2900 block Denver Ave., police said a large fight was reported between a group of males with bricks and baseball bats. The suspects were not located, according to police.
Monday, Aug. 20
3:15 p.m. — 3200 block Estelle Ave., a woman said she went to pick up her child from Montel Johnson’s mother’s house, where she was punched in the face by Johnson. Johnson, 34, 2100 block Beech Ave., later was arrested and charged with domestic violence. Police said Johnson had prior domestic violence convictions, making the charge a fourth-degree felony.