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Suspects in Green thefts seem to have moved on

April 18, 2012

GREENFORD - Police Chief Steve McDaniel said there are pictures identifying them as males in their early 20s but didn't know where the thieves entering vehicle are from.

McDaniel told Green Township trustees on Tuesday that it looked like the thieves moved on to Smith Township and Columbiana County, particularly the city of Columbiana where they "are hitting hard."

McDaniel said, "They seem to be moving that way" explaining they drop people off and 90 percent of the cars entered are unlocked.

"They go from car to car at night and are real selective," he said, noting they worked Calla, Lisbon and Roller roads, moving from the north section of the township.

They are focusing on credit cards and expensive electronic gadgets.

McDaniel said stationary patrols used night vision and couple suspects were captured on deer cameras.

"We're saturating the area," McDaniel explained, noting police are making traffic stops on people coming home late at night and running extra patrols watching for open garage doors and suspicious indicators.

Trustee Chairman Mark Stepuk asked if all the vehicles entered were unlocked and McDaniel said, "We've had a few jimmied. We're finding mainly cars that are open. People see things but they don't call us ... we need the help of the public. If your dog is going crazy check it out."

In other police business, McDaniel said 547 events were recorded in March and cruisers logged 7,051 miles with extra cars out for the car break-ins.

In other business, trustees unanimously approved replacing the 1-ton truck bed for $3,700. The replacement bed has to be adapted to the township's vehicle and for the price, Trustee Dave Slagle, who moved for the purchase, said it seemed pretty good instead of making new purchase.

Trustees also discussed weed spraying along the new fence at Coy Park and trimming and adding mulch to the greeting signs at the township limits.

Stepuk noted the new windows for the pavilion should be installed by the May 4 deadline given to the contractor.

Recycling Coordinator Stephanie Coleman said everything was good on the recycling side and asked trustees for upcoming event dates.

Stepuk said the tire drive will be May 19; the appliance drive will run from May 5 through the 19th and the electronics drive will be held June 2, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Stepuk said the township will receive a $900 grant for the electronics drive.

Fire Chief Todd Baird requested authorization for ladder testing which trustees approved and advised them on the purchases the department made with the $12,000 it received from Washingtonville.

Baird had a $10,200 Thermal Imaging Camera, a $1,500 carbon monoxide detector and a five-inch to four-inch coupler reducer available for trustees' viewing.

He also advised the station antenna was replaced and "does seem to be working better" but wanted to check it during inclement weather before switching frequencies.

He said another department inquired about using the antenna.

Later in the meeting, Stepuk said he spoke with AT&T about a tree leaning on wires on Egypt Road.

"That one tree is pretty big," Stepuk said, but expressed doubt anything would be done. A few weeks ago the township had a hazard with trees resting on wires over Beaver Creek Road that was corrected.

The trees on Egypt Road were south of the center line, a section of road annexed into Salem years ago.

Baird related an incident that occurred a couple of weeks ago, noting that "Salem said it didn't have any issue" with the hazard so the Green Township Fire Department went down and took them down with chain saws.

"Three of us got poison ivy," Baird said, adding that the Salem Fire Department eventually arrived, but only after a dispatching problem.

"The Salem dispatcher didn't even know the area they annexed," Baird said.

"We took two trees down in the Salem annexed area," he said and Stepuk repeated his concern for the tree still there and noted the city and township agreed to pave that section.

Baird said, "They still need to train the Salem dispatcher."

After the meeting, Stepuk said there has been nothing but cooperation with the new administration regarding the section of road they share in maintaining.

In other business Jim Petuch, Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) Green Team Department Head gave a presentation.

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