More Than A Dozen Car Break-Ins Reported Aug. 21 in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson said that the doors were unlocked in all cases.

Cleveland Heights residents reported 16 car break-ins Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Eleven crimes occured on the 2600 block of Hampshire Road.

And in every single case, the car door was unlocked, said Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson.

Police are investigating the incidents and believe that all of the crimes are related.

In addition, two cars were stolen that day from the 2600 block and the 2700 block of of Edgehill Road. Those cars were unlocked, too. Police recovered both — one driver crashed the car and the other thief fled from police after he abandoned the vehicle in East Cleveland.

Robertson said residents should always lock their car doors, keep the driveway lights on and take valuables like GPS systems and iPods in the house or lock them in the trunk where they can't be seen.

The car break-ins, thefts from cars and car thefts were reported in the following areas between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 21:

  • 2600 block of Hampshire — Residents reported eight car break-ins and three people also reported that something was stolen from their cars.
  • 2600 block of Edgehill — Residents reported one car theft, one car break-in and one theft from car. 
  • 2700 block of Edgehill — Residents reported one car theft and one car break-in.
  • 2300 block of Bellfield Road —Residents reported one car break-in.
  • 3000 block of Berkshire — Residents reported one car break-in.

Reports compiled from call logs and information from the .

Adele Eisner August 24, 2012 at 02:07 PM
You do a great public service by reporting the "when and where" of crime in Cleveland Heights, so residents and businesses can be aware of how to better protect ourselves. The ongoing rise of crime in this community, is however, also quite disturbing. One factor toward this rise may be, the perception by potential criminals that they can get away with it in Cleveland Heights. And one factor toward such a perception is that a number of our police force appear quite out of shape, physically unable to sustain a chase, run and/or catch; or are more concerned about easier seated/walking catching of traffic/parking violations. I hope that Cleveland Heights will soon make much stricter and more apparently adequate physical fitness requirements a prerequisite for being on our police force.
JoeH August 26, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The police forcer can deter crime, but they cannot stop it. If someone decides to commit a crime, they will do so. The rise in crime is more a reflection of the population within and around the community, not the physical makeup of our police force. People leaving their car doors unlocked certainly makes it easy for these crimes to occur. C'mon don't blame the police force for the crime in the city. We're an inner ring suburb surrounded on a few sides by some crime ridden areas. I think the Cl Hts police do a great job keeping our community safe given the situation
Joeelliot August 31, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Unfortunately, most of the rise in break-ins and theft is almost defiantly linked the rise in heroin use among suburbs such as Cleveland Heights, Shaker, Euclid. It's becoming a serious epidemic. Kids, who made a stupid mistake, are now out of money, desperate, scared, sick, and couldn't care less about the consequences because the heroin has completely broken them. As someone who was where this kids were not all that long ago, I can tell you right now, I recognize the signs and it points to a serious problem. A problem that is only compounded when you send these kids (cause thats what they are, even if they're 18 or 19) through the prison system, they don't get the help they need, they come out even more dangerous, having picked up new skills while locked up and now care even less about their own lives because they feel their future has already been destroyed. These kids need help, the need rehabilitation programs and halfway houses. Not prisons.


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