Teresa's Pizza robbery last night
Posted in the Maple Heights Forum
#1 May 29, 2010
Listening to the police scanner, a police officer called in a robbery that just took place at Teresa's pizza around 10:15 last night. The suspects were described as two black males wearing bandannas around their face--both over 6 feet tall.
It's unclear how the officer knew the place got robbed. The call didn't come from dispatch. I'm guessing that the officer seen something that made him suspicious.
They got some video from a nearby gas station. But prior to that, a supposed witness stated he seen two men run to a dark colored car parked at the gas station, and then took off although he wasn't paying attention to the direction they drove.
Going on the witnesses testimony, the police soon called off the parameter, but later re-formed when the gas station video didn't support what the witness told police, and the suspects actually escaped on foot.
The police found a sawed off shotgun in some bushes near the restaurant.
Since we have a 1.3 million dollar swimming pool, and seven new building inspectors, the Maple Heights police had to get Independence police to bring their police dog since we don't have one. Of course, this took about a half-hour, and the suspects were long gone. The police dog lost the trial and only led police to the shotgun although the police found that before the dog got there.
It's my guess that the witness had something to do with the robbery, or he was protecting his brothers by misleading the cops.
So if anybody reading this who lives in the area saw anything, call the Maple Heights police. They need all the help they can get.
#2 May 29, 2010
Every time I go by that pizza place they have a police officer inside. The time they don't they get caught by some robbers.
Story sounds weird. Why park at the gas station? Why not park on one of the side streets right around the corner? Nice "witness".
I know that I posted how robbers put the dollar store right next to the pizza shop out of business, I am unaware if they ever robbed the bakery.
These punks are just lazy nowadays. How much did they get away with, a few hundred dollars split a couple ways. Not even worth the risk.
You would think with all the damn robberies in the city we would have a police dog before building inspectors but police dogs don't bring in money, so why have them? The city wants to bleed citizens dry, not do the only job we really require, make it safe.
I remember Maple Heights used to have a police dog. It was a King Sheppard. The last time I saw it was around 2000.
#3 May 29, 2010
Maple Heights is a great place to live if you love swimming or have a desire for your children to learn in brand new school building, as long as you don't deliver mail or work at a store, then you are okay.
Yes sir folks, is summertime in Maple Heights once again.:--(
#4 May 29, 2010
Rode by the pizza shop and they seemed to be closed early today(there was also a drunk driving accident over there). What a shame. I remember in middle school we used to go there on a Friday night after a night of hanging out at Maple Town movies. Didn't even think of a robbery happening then.
These idiots are running all the businesses out of town. I wonder how long that subway on broadway will last. Somebody is going to end up dead over there.
#5 May 30, 2010
Years ago, the vendors on Buckeye Avenue in Cleveland got fed up with all the crime there. They all agreed to get together and put up video cameras inside and outside of their stores. Although not legally binding, they worked as a group and had security companies come in and bid on the entire project for all the stores to get the best possible deal.
After the cameras were installed, crime went down by more than half. The criminals realized that not only would the camera get a picture of them robbing or breaking into places, but the cameras fixed on the other stores would give them video of where the criminals went to after the robbery.
This has got to be the third or forth time that store has been robbed in the last two years. I think if I owned that store, I would have about five security cameras. I would have two inside, two outside on the front, and one in the rear of the building which is where these robbers entered through. I would hook it up to the internet so that anybody could log on and watch the video cameras as well.
About two years ago, there was a break in at a place on Garfield Blvd. The robbers chose that store because of weak security. What they didn't realize is the business across the street did have security cameras, and got the whole thing on tape. Because of that camera, the police were able to identify the thief.
#6 May 30, 2010
I dont understand there is always a police officer in there sounds like a inside job i guess its time to go get that conceal and carry license if i hear from a maple heights police officer one more time "i guess its time to move out of maple heights" i'm going to scream i love my house and was born and raised in maple heights i'm going no where they are. time to vote in better oficials to run this city the mayor is so proud of where we are what joke.
We have elderly that are afraid to come out there house or even go to gabors to buy food.
#7 May 30, 2010
Well Gabor's really went downhill since the new owners took over, so the elderly are not missing much there. LOL!
#8 May 30, 2010
The pizza shop should have had the cops sit out of sight, that way you never know when they are there and won't risk the robbery attempt. Every time I see them they are clearly visible. That's fine for that day, but then the robbers know you aren't protected when they don't see them. If you actually have to come up to look inside to see if he is there, you can be identified more easily later.
I really don't know why these businesses are so afraid of setting up cameras. They just don't want to pay the money and I guess would rather pay the robbers. I set up my system myself and can stream it to my phone and to any computer I want. Why be cheap?
I believe I said it last year, I hate going to places that seem to be easy targets. I don't want to get caught in the middle of a robbery because the business owner is being cheap.
Maybe they should install a buzzer like Papa John's in Garfield.
#9 May 31, 2010
What does the buzzer do????
I was outside in the backyard drinking beer with a couple of my tenants when we heard this call on the radio. They (like myself) became curious about the outcome of the robbery. So they went to get gas at the station nearby the pizza place who had the video.
The clerk told them that there was a security officer at the shop, but he went to the gas station to buy something. That's when the robbers entered the shop through the back door and robbed the place. Whoever it was knew the officer was going to take his break at that time, so it could be an inside job.
This explains how the call came in from an officer and not dispatch. He must have caught them right at the end of the robbery and gave pursuit.
This was a very well planned robbery. The culprits knew when the officer was going to leave the shop and take his break. They somehow knew the back door would be unlocked, and it makes me wonder about the so-called witness who provided the police with the wrong information.
I'm no detective,but if I were in charge of the investigation, I would go to court and subpoena the cell phone records of all who were involved such as the witness and all employees. I mean, if you were going to rob a pizza place, how do you figure the easiest target is the one with an armed Maple Heights police officer on duty?
#10 May 31, 2010
A buzzer to buzz in would prevent a lot of "random" robbery but it won't do anything for an inside job. I mean who hangs around a pizza shop waiting for the police man to leave at some random time. That could take hours.
I am amazed at how they don't even bother to hide these inside jobs. I love when they eventually get them to talk.
#11 May 31, 2010
Of course I"m making assumptions here. I really can't say for sure if it was an inside job. But pizza places usually don't have a lot of cash on hand. And this plan seems to be too perfect to pull off at last minute. What outsider would take the time to calculate such a precise robbery for only a few hundred bucks?
"We are nut lulled by the momentary calm or the somewhat clear sky above. We know about the turbulence and the storms that are beyond the horizon this year. But now the winds of change appear to be blowing more strongly than ever."
Sorry Jeff. It looks like the same old ship to me.
#12 Jun 2, 2010
Same old ship and sinking fast!!
XXX-You found all that out by lisening to a scanner?
It's summer time and the part time jobs are in full swing, Robbery personel needed must be have own equipment, experience not needed. Leads provided.
I will say good eyes by da police officer but this wave is spreading I heard it is on the east side buy the mayors house and will soon spread to the west side.
The dog was retired, remember readinthat in the fishwrap years ago. They didnt replace it saying it was too expensive
#13 Jun 3, 2010
Harold, now that we have no local paper to find out WTF is going on in our city, a police scanner really keeps you in touch with what's happening. Plus, you never know when that robbery will be near your home where if you hear the call, you may possibly be able to assist the police in getting the guys.
I know that when something happens near my home, I'm keeping an eye out. If the people who got away are driving a red Honda Civic, then my eyes are out looking for a red Honda Civic going down my street. I may not be able to stop them, but I can call police and tell them the direction the vehicle went, or perhaps even the driveway of the house it parked at. You never know.
I have two scanners: one base unit in my house, and a portable unit for when I'm outside in the summer. I purchased the portable from Radio ShackŪ for about $80.00. It's the best money I spent. Without it, I would not be able to post this robbery because nobody would have known about it.
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