Rocky River Police Blotter: Homeland Security Scam

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  • On 11/05/2019 at about 2:10 PM a Hilliard Blvd. resident reported a burglary. The resident said she left the house at about 7:15 AM and returned at about 2:00 PM and discovered the television and some jewelry missing. Entry into the home is believed to have been made by breaking a window in the back of the house. Detectives are investigating.

  • On 11/05/2019 at about 8:15 PM police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle accident on Linda St. at Lake Rd. During the investigation, officers noticed indicators of alcohol impairment on one of the drivers. Kristin Josepho, 26-years-old from Rocky River, was arrested for drunk driving and cited for the failing to maintain assured clear distance of the vehicle in front of her.

  • On 11/06/2019 at about 11:45 AM a Colahan Dr. resident reported being victim of a scam that was initiated via text message by an unknown person who claimed to be with the Department of Homeland Security. On 11/03/2019 the man told her she was the victim of a previous fraud attempt and eligible for compensation, but she had to send $500.00 in iTunes gift cards to cover the cost of shipping the compensation to her. She did so, and was contacted again on 11/06/2019 and told to send another $700 in gift cards. When staff at the store warned her she was likely the victim of fraud, she contacted police. Detectives are investigating. 

  • On 11/08/2019 at about 9:55 AM a clerk at GetGo, 22160 Center Ridge Rd., called police to report a man came into the store to buy beer and seemed to be drunk. The clerk said the vehicle left w/b on Center Ridge Rd. Police were able to locate the vehicle on Center Ridge Rd. and, after a series of field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver, 41-year-old Paul Buell of Elyria, was arrested for DUI.

  • On 11/10/2019 at about 8:00 PM police responded to the Normandy Manor Nursing Home 22709 Lake Rd. after an employee reported that her tires had been slashed in the parking lot. As reported, all four tires on the complainant's car were cut and the body of the car had been scratched. The caller suspects a co-worker is responsible for the damage. Police are investigating. The next day, the complainant called police again to report that the suspect threatened to kill her; the report was forwarded to the prosecutor for a ruling. 

Photo courtesy of the Rocky River Police Department

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