Police ask help finding Jeep theft suspects
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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INVESTIGATORS ARE looking for anyone who can identify this truck which was involved in a vehicle theft at Walmart on Paul Huff Parkway recently.
INVESTIGATORS ARE looking for anyone who can identify this truck which was involved in a vehicle theft at Walmart on Paul Huff Parkway recently.
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Cleveland detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a truck which was used to steal a 1990 Jeep from the parking lot of a local business.

Detective Steve Ross of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division said the blue Jeep Wrangler was pulled from the scene by the driver of what appeared to be a late-model Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

The truck had two distinct blue stickers or decals in the sliding-glass windows in the rear.

The theft occurred at Walmart North on Sept. 16.

Video security captured images of the theft. A tow dolly was used to hook to the Jeep.

Anyone having information regarding the identity of the truck or possibly witnessing the crime is asked to contact Ross at 303-3120.

- Cleveland police are investigating an incident in which a small child was left locked inside a hot car. The child was 5 months old, not 5 years old as previously indicated in a Banner article Thursday.

The incident was reported after the child was observed crying and sweating inside a car parked at Walmart on Treasury Drive.

According to a report filed by officer Jennifer McKee, store employees stated the child was strapped in a car seat and the windows of the gray Nissan Maxima were rolled up, with the exception of one which was halfway down.

“The employees said the baby was sweating and screaming so they reached in and unlocked the door and removed the baby. They said his clothes were wet from sweat and he was having trouble breathing,” McKee noted in her report.

A few minutes passed and the employees were approached by two women, one of whom said she was the mother.

According to the report, the woman allegedly stated, “Mamaw — not again.”

The mother reportedly took the child and stated, “they never left it, just walked away.”

After the women were told law enforcement had been notified, they left the scene.

According to video security cameras, investigators learned the women were inside the store for approximately seven minutes.

Detective Brian Pritchard is aiding McKee in the investigation.

Lt. Mark Gibson of the Persons Crimes Division at CPD said Friday that investigators continue to follow up on the case and have established several leads.