Woman Loses $ 450 Due to Phone Scam; two men caught stealing more than half a ton of brake rotors: Brook Park Police Blotter



Theft by deception: West 151st Street

A woman lost $ 450 to a phone scam, which she reported on November 19.

The woman said a man called her on November 18 and told her she could take advantage of discounted services from eBay and DirecTV. He asked her to buy a $ 450 eBay gift card from a local store and then call him back with the card number. She did as he asked her.

The man texted the woman on November 19 and told her the gift card she bought was not working. He told her to buy another eBay gift card for $ 450 and give her the card number again. She called the police instead.

Flight: West 164th Street

Two Brook Park men, 62 and 45, were arrested around 9 p.m. on November 22 after they were seen stealing 80 brake discs, weighing around 1,380 pounds, at Berea Metals & Recycling, 5201 West 164th.

A passerby saw the men placing the rotors in the trunk of a vehicle and called the police.

Suspicion: Snow Route

Police responded to an alarm around 8 p.m. on November 17 at the Tire Discount Depot, 14800 Snow.

Upon arrival, police noticed suspicious activity in the tire store. The store garage door was open. Police noticed pry marks on the garage door trim.

Inside, the cash register was unlocked and the cash drawer was half open. Used nitrile gloves were on the floor and on the counter next to the cash register.

Police called the business owner, but he did not believe his business had been broken into and did not want to file a report.

Flight: Brookpark Road

A catalytic converter was stolen between 11 p.m. on November 19 and 6:30 a.m. on November 22 from a truck parked in front of Avalon Precision Metalsmiths, 15583 Brookpark.

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