Akron Police are investigating yet another robbery that happened during a planned sale of a cellphone.
The latest case was from Wednesday night around 8, when a 43-year-old man who drove to a public business along South Arlington Street to meet the seller of a cellphone he'd seen through an ad on Facebook.
The victim met the seller inside, inspected the phone, and laid cash on the counter. That's when the suspect, identified as Dwayne A. Nixon, 18, of Triplett Boulevard in Akron, took off with both the phone and the cash.
The victim immediately called police and officers, with the help of K9 officers, were able to track down Nixon and arrest him. He's been charged with two counts of theft and more, and booked into Summit County Jail.
This is the ninth case in recent weeks of someone being robbed during a meeting that was arranged through social media, but Akron Police aren't saying whether Nixon was involved in any of the previous thefts.
Akron Police, now, are offering tips to anyone who is looking to purchase a cellphone, or anything else, through social media:
• Review the buyer or seller’s profile before agreeing to meet.
• Communicate with the buyer or seller through the social media site only.
• Choose carefully where you agree to meet.
• Select a location that is a public place, well lit, surveillance cameras, and a large amount of traffic.
• Never agree to meet at their residence and don’t invite people to your residence.
• If you agree to meet them at a public place, take a family member or friend. Never go alone.
An Akron woman is charged with theft after Summit County Sheriff's Office detectives were tipped off that she was pocketing donations to a victim's charity fund.
Back in July, Inspector Bill Holland says the third party manager of the "Walking For You" charity fund notified his office that something wasn't right with the money. The fund was set up to help the families of the victims of the May 28th accident along South Main Street in Coventry Township that left two teenagers dead and seriously injured another. Natasha Boggs, 24, of New Franklin, was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts involuntary manslaughter, and more, after investigators say she was texting while driving and cross over the marked lines along South Main Street, hitting the group of teens.
After an investigation into the charity fund, Summit Co. Detectives discovered that Melissa Szentes, 40, of Akron, who was volunteering with the "Walking For You" campaign, was taking donations and using them for her own personal gain.
Inspector Holland says that she is currently charged with theft, but more charges are possible, as they aren't sure how much money was actually stolen. The Summit County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have donated to Szentes directly to call their office so that they can determine the total amount stolen.
Szentes hasn't been booked yet, as more charges are pending.
Akron Police are asking the public for help identifying three suspects who walked into the lobby of The Depot apartments at 80 E. Exchange late last month and walked out with two flat-screen TV's.
In the surveillance video (below), three men are seen walking into the lobby of the apartment complex on June 29th, at 8:15 in the evening. After walking around for a few moments, two of the men are seen walking out with two 40-inch televisions.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
A Mogadore Road business that was in the spotlight for being near the site of the jet plane crash earlier this month is now dealing with damage to its own building.
Akron police say J. Bowers Construction was found damaged early Saturday, by a front loader police say someone stole from a company on Darrow Road. The burglars stole a safe after damaging J. Bowers.
Police say it started after a pickup truck was stolen from a car repair business, and that the burglars used that pickup to steal two front loader truck keys and some torches from the second business.
After the first front loader was wrecked, police say burglars took the second one, and used the front loader's bucket to damage the J. Bowers building, and steal the safe inside.
Police say they found the pickup truck, torches and the empty safe off Mogadore Road, and railroad tracks nearby were damaged. The first front loader was found with damage as well.
A surveillance camera at J. Bowers had captured the jet plane crash nearby earlier this month. The video is being examined by NTSB investigators.