Cleveland resident believes theft complaint wasn't taken seriously by police

Posted at 3:40 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 17:51:14-04

Cleveland resident Bob Saringer told News 5 appliances were stolen from his garage over the weekend and he reported it to Cleveland Police Monday.

Wednesday morning he said he still hadn't heard back from police.

"It has gotten to a point where I don't care about my appliances stolen out of my garage! I'm more mad about this situation with the police department," Saringer said.


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He told News 5 he knows theft isn't a priority call in Cleveland, but says he was told an officer would be at his house Tuesday, so he waited for hours before finally going to bed.

"I know officers don't like to do reports because it's not guns and violence and chasing criminals but it's part of their job. For them to just drop the ball? If they're that busy, why don't they bring someone who's not busy in," he said.

Saringer said he hopes speaking out makes a difference, since he feels non-violent calls aren't taken seriously.

"We need to band together," he said. "Just like a grassroots campaign. We need to fight city hall."

News 5 shared Saringer's complaint with Cleveland police and they looked into it immediately, but his address didn't appear in their system.

After our story aired at 4 p.m., police responded to Saringer's home.