Woman loses $50,000 in Bitcoin scam through Fitbit ‘friend:’ Bainbridge Township Police Blotter – cleveland.com

Bainbridge Township police car.
Fraud: Bainbridge Road
After losing $50,000 to an unknown online friend, a woman filed a police report May 11. Bainbridge police and the FBI are investigating and believe the culprit is from out of state.
The victim said she had been messaging a man through her Fitbit device. He offered to teach her how to trade Bitcoin currency. The result was she lost her money through four transactions.
Vehicle crash: Snyder Road
While investigating an incident of an open burn at 9:40 p.m. May 11 near Taylor May Road, a firefighter was struck in his truck by a Streetsboro woman’s vehicle.
The firefighter’s truck had been stopped, waiting to make a turn into a driveway, when the woman’s vehicle struck it from behind. There were no reported injuries.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to the scene and arrested the woman, 24, for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She refused to take a breath test and was also cited for the crash.
Theft: Market Place Drive
Police were called to Kay Jewelers May 8 regarding the theft of a white gold and diamond necklace valued at about $1,300.
A man had offered to buy it and pay by check. He made out the check for about $780 less than the price. He held onto the check, grabbed the necklace from behind the counter and left the store.
Police believe they have a Reminderville suspect, who has since left the state. A warrant will likely be issued for his arrest. The matter is under investigation.
Lost property: East Washington Street
A shopper at Giant Eagle May 10 lost a necklace made from her grandmother’s wedding and engagement rings. Police are investigating and checking security tapes and local pawn shops to see if someone may have found it and picked it up.
Theft: Market Place Drive
A Bedford Heights woman, 32, admitted to shoplifting five items valued at $47.92 from Walmart May 13. She was caught by store security bagging items without scanning and paying for them. She will face Chardon Municipal Court.
Theft: Market Place Drive
After she was caught stealing $143.51 in merchandise May 12, a Bentleyville woman, 55, told police she had made a mistake.
Walmart security had taken her into custody after catching her using a $2.97 barcode while bagging higher-priced items. She faces theft charges in Chardon Municipal Court.
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