Hotel thief leaves smartphone in room after seeing the light: Orange Police Blotter

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ORANGE, Ohio

Disturbance, theft, simple assault: Orange Place

Police responded to the Hampton Inn around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 after a Cleveland woman, 22, initially reported someone was crawling out of her second-floor window. She later explained that she had met a Cleveland man, 28, in the parking lot and invited him up to her room, but when he became too intoxicated, she asked him to leave.

An argument ensued, and when the man punched her in the face, she struck him with a lamp before he fled with $200 that belonged to her. The desk clerk said he refused when the frantic suspect came to the lobby and asked to be let back in the room in order to retrieve the iPhone he had left behind, at which point he went out through the main entrance.

Police and hotel staff later found the room’s broken door knob on the hallway floor where he had tried to let himself back in. Police used the iPhone to identify the suspect and the woman positively identified him in a photo lineup in order to press charges and file for a protection order.

Miscellaneous: Brainard Road

Police met with Jewish Federation of Cleveland security at Temple Emanu El on Sept. 22 to listen to a five-minute rambling and nonsensical voice message from a New York City area code (excluding Manhattan) and referencing events that happened hundreds of years ago as well as modern organized crime.

Police heard no threats directed toward the temple or the Jewish faith, although upon further review, Federation security officials said they may have had similar dealings with a woman at another area temple.

Theft by deception: Chagrin Boulevard

An officer responded to Choolaah restaurant on the afternoon of Sept. 26 and met with a Garfield Heights