Quarrytown apartments evacuated due to fire; police track down wallet thief: Berea police blotter


BEREA, Ohio –

Assistance to firefighters: West Bagley Road

Quarrytown apartments, 55 West Bagley, was at least partially evacuated at about 11:45 p.m. June 22 after a fire started on the eighth floor.

The fire was caused by a woman in an eighth-floor apartment who lit a cigarette near her oxygen tank, which was turned on, resulting in a small explosion. The woman suffered burns on her arm and near her mouth. She was taken to Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights.

The fire filled the eighth floor with thick black smoke. Police and firefighters evacuated the eighth floor, then did the same on other floors. Firefighters from Berea, Strongsville and Olmsted Falls extinguished the fire. Some tenants were allowed to return to their apartments at about 1 a.m.

Theft: West Bridge Street

Police are in the process of identifying a man and woman who stole a wallet, containing $60 in cash, credit cards and a driver’s license, at about noon June 19 from a FedEx truck parked outside Giant Eagle, 50 West Bridge Street.

The victim, the FedEx truck driver, had parked outside Giant Eagle to deliver a package and use the store restroom. Next to the truck was a silver Dodge Caravan, parked in a space reserved for the handicapped.

Store security video showed a man and an older woman, riding an electric scooter, arrive at the Caravan. The man loaded groceries into the vehicle while the woman climbed into the passenger seat.

Then the man opened the passenger-side door of the FedEx truck and reached inside. After a few seconds, he drove away in the Caravan. When the FedEx driver returned to his truck, the passenger-side door was still open.

Another store security video showed which cash register the man and woman used to buy groceries. Store managers said they can identify the man and woman through their Giant Eagle discount card, if police make a written request for the information.

Threat investigation: Beech Street

Berea police were notified at about 3:30 p.m. June 19 that a Beech man had called an Ontario, Canada business and threatened to “shoot up the place.”

The calls, made June 13 and June 15, were traced to the phone of a 20-year-old man living in a Beech residence. Police visited the man, who said he had seen a person on Twitter make several racial slurs against American Indians. The person’s company name was attached to his account.

The man admitted calling the person’s company, but only once. He said he called the person a nasty name but had no interest in going to Canada to shoot anything up and had no means to get there.

Theft: Barrett Road

A catalytic converted was stolen between June 2-19 from a car parked outside Tower in the Park apartments, 55 Barrett Road.   

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