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Safe stolen from cafeteria at Cuyahoga County Justice Center over the weekend

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 18:20:27-05

CLEVELAND — "Brazen" doesn't quite describe it. A safe worth $3,000 was stolen from a manager’s office in the cafeteria on the fourth floor of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center over the weekend, along with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Justice Center houses not only the County Jail, but the county sheriff's department and county courts.

At about 6:30 a.m. Monday, the manager of a company that rents space in the cafeteria reported to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department that when he arrived at work, he noticed someone had removed the glass from his office door. He then noticed that the safe was missing. The safe contained an undisclosed amount of cash deposits and petty cash. Nothing else was reported missing.

There were no signs of a break-in at the cafeteria itself, said Capt. Rich Peters with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. The safe was secured at the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 13.

Deputies did a cursory search of the area, but the safe was not found.

Investigators are now looking at surveillance video and card swipe data from the Justice Center from over the weekend to try to determine who would have had access to the area, Peters said.

Peters said there was not video of anyone wheeling the safe out of the Justice Center.

The Justice Center cafeteria was closed Monday.

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