Category: Media Releases

BGPD Investigates Thefts from Vehicles

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a series of thefts from vehicles over the past two weeks.  The stolen property includes but is not limited to electronics, money, and personal items.

A majority of these thefts in our community occur as crimes of opportunity. Therefore, citizens are reminded to remove articles of value from their unoccupied vehicles and to keep their vehicles secured (windows up, sunroofs secured, convertible tops closed, and door locks locked).

Anyone having any information related to these incidents is encouraged to contact the Police Division at (419) 352-2571 or Wood Co. CrimeStoppers at (419) 352-0077 or (800) 54-CRIME.  Persons contacting Wood Co. CrimeStoppers have the opportunity to remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000 if the information that they provide proves to be pertinent to the case.

Bowling Green Police Investigate Reported Abduction and Gross Sexual Imposition

On 4/30/2017 at 3:49 am the Bowling Green Police Division responded to an alleged abduction and Gross Sexual Imposition. Upon arrival officers contacted the complainant who alleged she was picked up by a subject that purported being an Uber driver in the area of 100 block of South Enterprise. The complainant alleges the driver acted as though he was unfamiliar with the area and he drove her around the city. While driving randomly through the city the driver parked his vehicle and got on top of the complainant groping her over her clothes. The complainant advised that she told the driver, “No.” The driver stopped groping her and proceeded to drive her around the city. The complainant alleged that she was able to jump out of the vehicle and run to her residence. Once at her residence the complainant reported the incident to her friends and then contacted the Bowling Green Police Division.

The complainant described the driver as a black male, in his 20s, appeared to be taller than 5 feet 10 inches, weighing more than 250 pounds with short hair, unshaved face wearing sweatpants. The vehicle the suspect was driving was described as a four door newer white Ford car.

Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Bowling Green Police at (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419) 352-0077.

Uber provides these safety tips on its website:

To keep riders safe, we vet Uber driver-partners and build our technology with safety in mind. But there are also things that you as a rider can do to ensure your safety. We worked with law enforcement to create this list of tips to help you stay safe while riding with Uber.

  • Plan ahead. Before you request a ride, think about where you’re headed and review the safety features in the app so you know how to use them.
  • Request your ride inside. Avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with your phone in your hand. Instead, wait indoors until the app shows your driver has arrived.
  • Get in the right car. Before you get in the car, check that license plate, driver photo, and driver name all match what’s listed in the app. Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber and offers a ride.
  • Be a backseat rider. If you’re riding alone, sit in the backseat. This ensures you can safely exit on either side of the vehicle to avoid moving traffic, and it gives you and your driver some personal space.
  • Buckle up. The Centers for Disease Control reports that seatbelt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries related to car accidents.
  • Share your trip details with a friend. While en route, tap “Share status” in the app to share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. They can track your trip and see your ETA without downloading the Uber app.
  • Protect your personal information. There’s no need to share your phone number or other contact information with your driver. If a rider and driver need to contact each other, the Uber app automatically anonymizes both phone numbers to protect everyone’s privacy.
  • Follow your intuition. Trust your instincts and use your best judgment when riding with Uber. And if you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.
  • Be kind and respectful. As outlined in our community guidelines, please respect your driver and his or her car.
  • Give feedback on your trip. Your feedback helps us improve the Uber experience for everyone. Our 24/7 global support team reviews feedback and will follow up with appropriate action on any reports of conduct that violate our community guidelines.

BGPD Investigates Aggravated Robbery

On 4/25/17 at 10:37 p.m., the Bowling Green Police Division took a report of an aggravated robbery that occurred in the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue in Bowling Green.

According to the victim, he posted his white 2009 Mercedes GL320 for sale on Craigslist, Letgo, and OfferUp.  A potential buyer contacted him and they met in the 1500 block of E. Wooster Street on 4/25/17 at approximately 10:00 p.m.  The victim described the subject as a 5’10”-6’ tall light-skinned black male in his 20’s who was wearing grey sweat pants and a beanie-style hat.  The male requested to take a test drive of the vehicle.  The victim got in the passenger seat and allowed the unknown male to operate the vehicle.  The male drove to the 200 block of Baldwin Ave., pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun, and pointed it at the victim’s head.  The male demanded the victim exit the vehicle, which he did.  The male then fled the scene in the vehicle.  The victim’s vehicle displayed Ohio temporary registration D259590.

Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Bowling Green Police at (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419) 352-0077.  You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

BGPD NOT SOLICITING FUNDS FOR POLICE FOUNDATION

The Bowling Green Police Division received information regarding individuals calling area residents requesting money for the “BG Police Foundation.” The name Kirk Cowan will appear on the caller ID. Cowan is an employee of the police division; however, he is not making these calls. There are no police division employees calling residents to solicit money. Residents should not provide any information to these individuals.

Unfortunately, charity fraud is quite common in today’s digital environment. For more information on how to protect oneself from this type of fraud, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0085-fundraisers-calling-behalf-police-and-firefighters

If you receive a phone call of this nature, please report it to the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131.

BG Police Arrest One in Stabbing Incident on Sunday 04-23-2017

The Bowling Green Police Division responded to a 911 call for a subject who had been stabbed with a knife at Tubby’s Bar located 139 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Officers arrived on scene along with BGFD EMS. The victim advised that Arrian Michael McCorkle, 21, of Bowling Green, Ohio stabbed him in the lower left abdomen while on the dance floor. Witnesses confirmed that McCorkle was the assailant.  McCorkle fled the scene on foot prior to officers arrival.  

The victim was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo where he underwent surgery. Officers located McCorkle at his Bowling Green residence shortly after the incident. McCorkle was arrested and charged with felonious assault. McCorkle was transported to the Wood County Justice Center.

Bowling Green Police Request Public Assistance in Breaking and Entering Investigations

[Bowling Green, Ohio] -The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating two attempted breaking and entering incidents, which occurred in the early morning hours of April 7th. The businesses were Walgreens located at 1013 N. Main Street and the PNC Bank branch at 735 S. Main Street.  No entry was made at either location. Anyone with information regarding these cases can call the Bowling Green Police at (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419) 352-0077.  You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

 

 

Bowling Green Police Division Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 29th at BGPD

[Bowling Green, Ohio] – On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bowling Green Police Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the 1st floor lobby of the Bowling Green Police Division at 175 W. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or http://www.bowlinggreenpolice.org/
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Safety Tips for Answering Your Door

The Bowling Green Police Division would like to remind residents of a few safety reminders for answering your door.

  • Think before you answer the door.  Are you expecting anyone?  If so do they have an appropriately marked vehicle?
  • Use the peephole on your door to see who in knocking on your door.
  • Ask for proper identification from repair or utility workers.  Do not be afraid to ask.  If they are legitimate they will not mind.  If you need to verify the identification of the repair person take a photo of them so you can confirm their identity to others.
  • If you need to confirm the identity of a visitor call their office to check on them.  Do not call a number they supply to you.  Look up the phone number in the phone book or search for the number on the internet.
  • If you can not verify the identity of the visitor, reschedule the appointment for a later date.
  • Do not dismiss your gut feeling that something is not right.
  • Educate your family to keep them and your belongings safe.
  • If you do not feel comfortable opening the door at all, then don’t.  Ask them to leave through your door.
  • If a visitor refuses to leave after being asked to or becomes argumentative close your door and do not allow them inside.  Call 911 for police assistance.

Bowling Green Police Request Public Assistance in Breaking and Entering Investigation

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a Breaking and Entering, which took place on 3/6/2017 at Northwest Tire, 520 E. Poe Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  The suspect stole money.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation should contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood Co. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54 CRIME. You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

 

Bowling Green Police Request Public Assistance in Burglary Investigation

On 3/5/2017, Bowling Green Police Division took a burglary report in the 400 block of S. Grove St. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  There were several tools stolen during the burglary to include: Black and Decker electric hedge trimmer (orange), Black and Decker battery powered leaf blower (orange), Black and Decker battery pack with charger, and extension cord (orange).

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation should contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood Co. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54 CRIME. You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.