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Popular downtown area targeted by crooks leave drivers with shattered windows

Posted at 7:25 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 19:25:59-04

If you're heading downtown for Friday night’s Cavs game, or your weekend plans bring you into the city, you may want to pay close attention to where you park your car.

A popular place for fans near the Q was targeted by crooks Thursday night.

Between Bolivar Road and Prospect Avenue, some drivers walked out to their cars to find their windows shattered.

"It's like wow. You see glass and bricks and stuff on the ground," said Jedaiah Pettway.

Thieves broke into several cars in the parking lot behind Prospect Place Apartments.

"I made it a good two months from being down here," said Mitchel Gearhart.

Gearhart, who lives nearby on Huron, parked along Bolivar Road. 

"It's a little off the path, but you'd think it's congested enough that something like this wouldn't happen," said Gearhart.

It was his first and now last time he will leave his car there.

"This was the only thing available. Parked here and that's what I end up with," said Gearhart.

Both the driver and passenger windows on his Jeep were busted out.

"They took all the change I had in my car. I had a pair of sunglasses, some shoes, little things here and there they pretty much left all the expensive stuff," said Gearhart.

Gearhart is just the latest victim of what people in the area said is a spike in parking lot problems.

"This road has been pretty bad. All the surrounding neighbors have talked to me about watching parking here," said Gearhart.

That warning now stretched even further north of this popular place to park. 

"It's pretty prevalent on Superior. I have some friends that live down there that it's happened to them twice since I've been down here," said Gearhart.

We made multiple attempts to reach Cleveland Police to find out more about the total number of vehicles hit Thursday night, and to get an update on the number of officers currently patrolling those parts of downtown dealing with car break-ins. We did not get that information.