Purses stolen from vehicles
BRUNSWICK — Three purses were stolen from cars in business parking lots in three separate locations along Pearl Road Tuesday afternoon.
According to police reports, car windows were broken in each case and the purses were removed. All the thefts were reported between 5 and 6 p.m.
The first report was taken at 5:10 p.m. at a lot in the 1800 block of Pearl Road. The second report came in at 5:15 p.m. from the 200 block of Pearl. At 5:52 p.m., a third call came from a motorist in the 1100 block of Pearl.
Brunswick police spokesman Nick Solar advised residents to be careful to not leave important belongings in their cars.
“Even if you’re going somewhere and you’re running in really quick and you don’t want to bring your purse, don’t assume people aren’t watching you in the parking lot,” Solar said. “If you’re going somewhere fast, just leave the purse at home and take your wallet with you.”
Solar said thieves sometimes stake out places where people plan to only be a few moments, hoping they’ll leave their purse behind.
“We’ve even seen funeral homes be a target area, because it’s somewhere people only go in for 10 or 15 minutes to pay their respects and then head out,” he said. “Just don’t assume no one’s looking.”
Roofer reportedly intoxicated
BRUNSWICK — Police were called to Fernwood Drive after receiving a report of intoxicated roofers who were getting ready to drive away from the job site around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
As police neared the scene, they reported seeing a Hinckley Roofing truck headed south on Rocklyn Drive down the center of the road toward Sleepy Hollow Road. According the report, the truck nearly drove off the road.
Brunswick police stopped the truck after it turned onto Sleepy Hollow. The driver, John A. Garbicz, 28, was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated and told officers he had just come from a job site.
Ed Walkuski, the owner of Hinckley Roofing, said the company has a zero tolerance policy and Garbicz has been suspended.
“As a company, we just can’t tolerate that,” Walkuski said. “Our guys get drug tested all the time, and we have a no-drug policy. We also have zero tolerance for alcohol on the job.”
Walkuski said his company would wait to see the outcome of the case in court before making a final decision about Garbicz’s employment.
Friday, Oct. 11
8:15 a.m. — 3100 block Center Road, rims and tires removed from a car on a dealership lot. The items were valued at between $1,600 and $1,800.
5 p.m. — 1300 block Old Eagle Drive, an 11-year-old stepped on a hypodermic needle in the bushes outside of her home on Old Eagle Drive. She was treated at the hospital and the needle material was taken by police into evidence.
6:45 p.m. — Michael H. Freelandt, 40, 2187 Old Eagle Drive, Apt. 108, served with a warrant from Hocking County and charged with obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and drug abuse.
Saturday, Oct. 12
4:53 p.m. — 3400 block Center Road, Douglas W. Baxter, 51, 1438 N. Carpenter Road, Apt. 212, Brunswick, charged with not stopping after an accident and operating a vehicle intoxicated. He gave police a blood-alcohol sample of 0.119. According to the report, a witness saw Baxter hit a car in a business parking lot. He then drove to a different area of the parking lot before going inside. The witness contacted police and the owner of the car that was hit. Baxter told police he “should have left a note,” the report said.
Sunday, Oct. 13
12:20 a.m. — 100 block Westchester Drive, a mailbox was smashed.
Monday, Oct. 14
1:53 a.m. — 3800 block Center Road, Denise M. Luna, 51, 1464 N. Carpenter Road, Apt. 255, charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated after a traffic stop. According to police, Luna registered 0.225 on a blood-alcohol test. According to a police report, Luna had previous convictions in 2004, 2009 and 2011. Because this was her third charge in six years, police seized her vehicle because Ohio Revised Code requires a vehicle be forfeited if it’s titled to a driver who commits a third offense within six years.