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Home entered, keys and SUV stolen: Westlake Police Blotter

WESTLAKE, Ohio

Vehicle stolen: Fernwood Drive

Officers at 7 a.m. Sept. 28 responded to a Fernwood Drive home regarding a missing SUV. Officers learned that during the overnight hours, someone had entered the rear door to the house, which had inadvertently been left unlocked.

The perpetrator took car keys from a nearby tabletop and used the keys to steal a Mitsubishi Outlander, which officers entered into police databases as stolen.

Suspected drugs: Center Ridge Road

A man called Westlake police at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 26 to report that a man was down on the ground on Center Ridge Road near King James Parkway. Onlookers were trying to help him.

Officers arrived to find the 23-year-old Euclid resident leaning against a signal box and slurring his speech. As paramedics assessed the man’s condition, officers discovered that he possessed suspected marijuana, syringes, a suspected narcotic and other drug paraphernalia, according to police.

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A Marine veteran’s military medals were stolen from his home. Detectives on the case replaced them



a man holding a blue umbrella: Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Faleskie holds a box containing the medals next to Det. Frank Corona, who helped organize the plan to replace them.


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Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Faleskie holds a box containing the medals next to Det. Frank Corona, who helped organize the plan to replace them.

For nearly 25 years, Thomas Faleskie served in the United States Marine Corps before retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During that time he served in Vietnam and was awarded with several medals, including the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

But a burglary at the veteran’s home last year resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of items — including his military medals, ribbons and pilot’s wings, according to the sheriff’s office in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

The loss hit home with Det. Frank Corona, who worked on the case, because he also served in the Marines. Corona quickly identified suspects in the burglary cases and recovered several of the stolen items at

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