Man says he stole knives to support his heroin habit

NORTH OLMSTED -- Police here arrested resident who stuffed two sets of kitchen knives into his pants at the TJMaxx store on Lorain Road.

About 6 p.m. April 14, police responded to the TJMaxx on Lorain Road for a report of a shoplifter in custody.

Police spoke to the TJMaxx Loss Prevention employee who was holding James G. Dolezal in custody for shoplifting

Police also learned from the police dispatcher that Dolezal had a warrant for his arrest with North Olmsted Police for petty theft.

The loss prevention employee said he saw Dolezal walk to the Home Goods section of the store, select two sets of kitchen knives, then stuff them into his pants.

The loss prevention employee said Dolezal then selected a cutlery set/silverware set and concealed it with a coat that he was carrying.

Dolezal then walked to the front of the store and exited the building without making any attempt to pay for the items, the employee said.

Police asked Dolezal if all that was true and he stated that he understood.

Dolezal told the arresting officer that he was shoplifting to support his heroin addiction and that he is using up to one gram of heroin per day.

Dolezal was taken to the North Olmsted Police Department and appeared in Rocky River Municipal Court April 17, where he pleaded no contest and was found guilty by Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons.


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