December 18, 2014

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Woman says men stole $7,200 from her during attempted drug deal

LORAIN – A woman told police three men choked her and stole thousands of dollars from her when she tried to buy crack cocaine from them on Monday.

Linda Kelly, 52, told police she withdrew $7,200 from Chase Bank at 5971 Leavitt Road at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday. She said the money was for a friend she was “helping out,” according to a police report.

Soon after she withdrew the money, Kelly drove to a nearby Walgreens and picked up a man who she told police was a drug trafficker.

Kelly drove the man to Pinebrook Towers on the 1300 block of Shaffer Drive to buy $60 worth of crack cocaine, according to the report. She told police that when she stopped in front of one apartment, two black men she didn’t know got into the backseat of her car. Both men looked to be in their early 20s, and one man had long braided hair and was wearing a black shirt, according to the police report.

The first man told Kelly to drive and asked how much crack cocaine she wanted to buy before ordering her to stop the car in front of another apartment on the 1300 block of Shaffer Drive, according to the report.

When Kelly stopped, one of the men in the backseat grabbed her around the neck and choked her while the man she knew held her back and the third man grabbed the $7,200 from her pocket, according to the report.

Kelly told police she ripped one of the suspects’ shirts in the robbery but that all three men ran from the scene after taking the money.

Police searched Kelly’s car and found the torn black shirt as well as a toy revolver which Kelly said one of the suspects must have dropped in the struggle.

Police were not able to find any of the three men on Monday night, and the investigation is ongoing.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.