Crime Watch- Thank You – Charleston Village

March 24, 2009 at 12:19 am 16 comments


NOTE: The following was sent by one of our residents as they want to not only warn but also thank the Lorain Police Dept for a job well done!

I am a resident of Charleston Village and have a message to share plus also I am sending a thank you out to the Lorain Police Dept.

Last evening about 10 PM there was a knock at my front door. I turned on the porch light and looked through the front door glass to see who was there. My dogs were barking, also.

The person was a stranger-someone I had never seen in my neighborhood before.This rarely happens here and it alarmed me. I was alone in the house and knew right then not to open the door.

Through the doors I loudly asked him what he wanted. The man showed me his drivers license and asked if I could give him some money.

He said his sister was in Sandusky and desperately needed his help. I told him to go to the Police station at that time of night- maybe they could give him some help. I told him I couldn’t help him. He seemed hyper and a bit aggitated.

I wanted to make sure I saw where he went off my porch. He didn’t take no for an answer right away but eventually left and went across the street to other houses. I called my neighbor to alert him of this person’s request. Then I called the police.

Other people had called the police also to report this man. Within 10 minutes or so a police officer came to my door and said they had picked up the man a block away and he gave the correct description of the person.

The story the police were given by this man was very different from the one he told me. This person didn’t show any force or a weapon on my porch or to others but his actions and time of day to come looking fo rmoney were enough for all of us to be very suspicious and cautious.

The policeman told me to never be swayed and sympathetic and open the door to a stranger- number one- they may have a weapon or could be casing the house to return later to do harm.

I thank you Lorain Police for their quick response and letting us know they had located this person.

There are elderly people nearby and certainly didn’t need to be bothered by this man. I know I had a peaceful night knowing this man was not on the streets.

We have a block watch in place here and last night it worked- neighbors alerting neighbors and calling the police for strange neighborhood activity.

This problem may get worse given the state of the economy and the approach of warm weather. It always tests my emotions and actions when a stranger asks for money. Late at night, after dark, is a time to be deligent and cautious. Thank you, A Charleston Village resident

Entry filed under: Charleston Village, Safety.

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Don Killinger  |  March 24, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Great work and kudos to your neighborhood watch group and the Lorain Police department for the cooperative effort to remove what may have been a dangerous individual from roaming our neighborhods in Lorain. This solidfies the need for neighborhood watch groups to be formed and be active, to help the LPD make our community safe.

  • 2. Sean Stipe  |  March 24, 2009 at 5:10 am

    In my neighborhood, it’s common for someone to knock on your door and ask for a cigarette. I send them on their way and watch. Usually they go to another house. 311. I have seen people work in pairs from quite a distance. The police are always quick to respond.

    Another common sense suggestion: Don’t leave the box from your new 56 inch plasma HD TV on the curb. Especially 2 days in advance of garbage pickup. When I saw that, I just stopped and cut the box up with my knife and folded it up so no one can see what the box was for.

  • 3. thatwoman  |  March 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

    We all need to keep an eye out on our street and block. Block watches/ and neighborhood communication are a great way to go .Charleston Village had the first community policing officers back 18 years ago and a working relationship with the LPD for all those years. We have not as an organization ever been disappointed in the reponse we received from them …… these are difficult times …. Loraine

  • 4. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  March 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Three days ago, I had someone walk up to the bottom step of my porch (I was on the front porch after returning home from the store) to ask me for money. He pleaded for a while after I told him that I didn’t have anything to give him, but then he did leave.

  • 5. Loraine Richey  |  March 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Kel;ly a couple of years back when Lorain Growth was dealing with the panhandlers we found that they were actually being bussed or car poooled into the area in some cases…

  • 6. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  March 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    That makes it SO much worse . . .

  • 7. Diane Wargo Medina  |  March 26, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I myself was approached by a man and I bet it is the same one, in broad daylight at the Lorain Public Library he was approaching people in the parking lot, what stories he was telling them compared to mine who knows, he was in his 50’s maybe late 40’s dressed decent, and told me of how his car would not work and he was at the bridge, where he had left it and had to get to Lorain Community Hospital where his daughter was, I told him since his car was by the bridge it be wise for him to go to the police since it was right there and ask for help, he did not like this, I told him I had no money and I was telling the truth, this happened about 3 weeks ago, about a week and a half ago this same man approached my father and I at the cemetery on 6th street, he was babbling some bull and made a comment about my fathers Navy shirt and mentioned he was in the Marines, and my father said if this conversation is leading about money keep on walking, and without a word he walked away and went right up to a parked car about 25 feet from me and was able to get a buck or so from this woman who was stupid enough to roll down her window. When I was at the library I kept my eye on him and told my daughter he was looking at my purse the whole time, I then reported him to the people in the library, but I think he got wind of this and kept on trucking…. You hate to be cruel, and for some it might be true, but beware, watch there faces, expressions, and pay attention where they go, I do alot of shopping at Meridian Plaza and I recognize these faces, and alot of them ride the LCT bus system in which my husband worked for a few years ago, and kept me abreast on the people and their situations.. I am on the outskirts of Charleston Village a block only but I am at the cemetery often, and I have to be careful . Diane Wargo Medina

  • 8. Diane Wargo Medina  |  March 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I was at the cemetery here on 6th street Friday the 27th in the evening picking up sticks and such when a different fellow approached me who showed me his license ,his name and about his daughter that was raped and beaten by her boyfriend and he said she was in Sandusky and was sent to Cleveland and he asked about the Lutheran church and how he went to the police and they told him about the church. He asked for $9 so he could get back to town. He said he had bus tickets to get there but had no way back in which I said I have no money and if I were you , get to where you need before the bus line closes and worry about getting back later. I also informed him that to many people in this area are very aware of people going to others with stories and even going to houses looking for help, and people are scared and tired, and I said if I were you I would get going . He asked for my previous neighbor who moved away(He must of been helped by him before), and also asked for my husband, in which I said he is over there in the yard, but do not waste your time because he has been layed off. This guy wanted to do some odd jobs or so for money for this so called ticket. Be careful!!!! Diane

  • 9. Dennis Flores  |  March 28, 2009 at 4:42 am

    The panhandlers MO is make up an excuse to get money…
    The guy Loraine described was in Kennedy’s earlier…more than likely it was a stolen driver’s license, “if you don’t believe who I am
    my name and phone number are in the book”, don’t even engage in a conversation with them because it will only encourge them to con you even more!

  • 10. thatwoman  |  March 28, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Diane I have sent out an alert through the CVSI website bulk email and to various churches etc. thanks for sharing this … the “story” is the same as told to residents on the North end of the village…everyone please let your neighbors know this is happening even if you aren’t part of an organised blockwatch …… Loraine

  • 11. Lois Conley Dora  |  March 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I, too, had a similar incident happen to me last month (February). I parked at the Reidy-Scanlon-Giovannazo Funeral Home parking lot no more than 20 feet from the entrance. I was half way to the door when a man came from the west, near the back of the building, and asked me for money so he could get gas for his vehicle, which was near the Bascule Bridge, and he needed to get to his daughter in the Sandusky area. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, just brushed him off and said I had no money. He walked away in a northwesterly direction. What concerns me as I read your e-mail is this is an open area and I never saw him coming! Guess I’ll need to be more vigilant in the future.

  • 12. renee dore  |  March 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    It happened to me at Lorain Plaza about a month ago but it was a lady who approached me and asked for money. She was very close to me and seemed very insistent. I gave her 3 dollars. Then I though what if she was trying to keep my attention drawn to her while someone else steals from my purse! Then at the McDonald’s parking lot on Oberlin Ave. I saw a man ask a lady for money- she opened her purse and gave him some and off on his way he went south on Oberlin Ave.This was on a bright , sunny Saturday morning. I just saw him walking the other day on Oberlin Ave.near Tower Blvd. – can’t forget him- thin and has great posture and walks at a good pace. I feel so bad for the ones who need the funds for food, ect but I wonder how many are supporting maybe a drug or alchohol habit. Renee

  • 13. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Renee you must not give these people money ….actually it may be a good time to reissue the cards that we had printed up a few years ago where you gave them a card with the help services available…. and also the ordinance for panhandling…. Loraine

  • 14. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  March 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Diane writes: he was in his 50’s maybe late 40’s dressed decent, and told me of how his car would not work and he was at the bridge, where he had left it and had to get to Lorain Community Hospital where his daughter was,

    That’s the story that I was told.

  • 15. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    What is worrying me is that a few years ago when we were without a jail …. people were literally being brought in vans from Cleveland – dropped off and picked back up at the end of “their working day” stories they told were all in a similar vein. which is why area 501C3 came out with the “cards” .. and it maybe happening again……..

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