May 1, 2016


Oberlin crime: Student reports fraudulent charges from Texas on debit card

Oberlin police

Tuesday, March 11

  • 11:47 a.m. — 100 block N. Main St., theft of a purse from Keep Cottage. Police said a wallet from the purse was turned in to Oberlin College Safety and Security, but $80 in cash from the wallet was missing. The purse and a cell phone were not recovered.
  • 5:09 p.m. — 100 block Walnut St., damage to a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home. Police said no suspects were identified.
  • 9:06 p.m. — 100 block W. Lorain St., Oberlin College Safety and Security Office turned in a small green plant, suspected to be marijuana, and a glass smoking pipe with burnt residue to police.
  • 9:45 p.m. — 100 block S. Main St., police are investigating after an Oberlin College student reported fraudulent charges were made on his debit card in a 7-11 store in El Paso, Texas. The student said he only used his debit card recently in Oberlin and had not used it for online purchases. He believed a local business may be selling customer credit card information, because other students also had fraudulent credit or debit card charges made in Texas.

Wednesday, March 12

  • 12:26 p.m. — 100 block W. College St., theft of an iPod from the pocket of a coat, which was left in the employee hallway of Dascomb Hall.
  • 5:45 p.m. — 100 block W. Lorain St., Oberlin College Safety and Security Office turned in a small marijuana-type cigarette to police.

Thursday, March 13

  • 1:49 a.m. — 100 block W. Lorain St., a woman reported that her purse was stolen at Wilder Hall. She said the purse was underneath her coat against the wall of a building, and her phone was tracked to an area on North Main Street, between Walnut and Union streets. Police searched the area but were unable to find the purse or phone.
  • 6:45 p.m. — 100 block Woodland St., four Oberlin College students who live at the residents reported that their vehicles were spray painted while parked there. Police said the four vehicles had gold spray paint on the passenger side wheels and tires. The residents reported that someone had sprayed silly string on the vehicles several nights prior, but they didn’t report the incident.

Friday, March 14

  • 3:40 a.m. — 100 block W. Lorain St., Oberlin College Safety and Security Office turned in two large clear glass bongs, three multi-colored glass pipes, two grinders and a pack of rolling papers to police.
  • 4:22 p.m. — 100 block W. Lorain St., Oberlin College Safety and Security Office turned in contraband items found at the college to police. The items included two glass smoking pipes with burnt resident, several suspected marijuana cigarettes, a glass jar with suspected marijuana and two small metal containers with suspected marijuana.

Saturday, March 15

  • 3:02 p.m. — 100 block S. Main St., reported theft of a wallet containing $20, a debit card and driver’s license from a dorm room at East Hall. The owner of the wallet said his roommate must have left the apartment unlocked when he left.

Sunday, March 16

  • 12:25 p.m. — 46400 block U.S. Route 20, Tina Pekar, 47, of LaGrange, arrested and charged with theft for allegedly attempting to steal several items from Wal-Mart. Police said Pekar, who was wearing a blonde wig, left the store after she was confronted about a cart full of items with which she tried to leave the store. A Wal-Mart employee said Pekar left the items behind, saying that she was going to retrieve a receipt from her car, and she entered a wooded area near the store. Police arrested Pekar in the wooded area, and paint, a ceiling fan, cupcakes, a tray and comforter set were recovered from the shopping cart.

Wellington police

Thursday, March 13

  • 1:05 p.m. – 500 block E. Herrick St., telecommunications fraud, a man told an officer that he received a phone call from a “Robert Mathews” who said he was with the IRS. The man told the Wellington resident that he owes $2,100 from a 2009 tax return and that if it was not paid, he would be arrested. The officer called the phone number provided and the man confirmed his identity and gave the officer his badge number and said he is with the legal counsel that collects money for the IRS.

Sunday, March 16

  • 12:38 p.m. – 600 block W. Herrick St., report of criminal damage to two spotlights near the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses church sign. A church member arrived and found the spotlights broken.