On Aug. 31, police were called to a Whipple Avenue second-hand store after an employee said two men dropped off donations at the door and then handed her a strange device in a box. The device appeared to be a homemade bomb. The Summit County Bomb Squad was called and determined the box contained no explosives and was merely a hoax.

An Akron man, 18, was charged with theft Aug. 31 following an incident at a Dressler Road department store. Police said he selected items from inside the store and then went to customer service to exchange them for other items worth $95. He was stopped in the parking lot as he attempted to leave without paying.

A Canton man reported someone stole the license plates off his car and replaced them with stolen plates while he was inside a Dressler Road restaurant Aug. 30.

A Massillon woman, 28, was charged Aug. 30 with domestic violence. Police said she struck the father of her children in the upper part of his body during an argument outside a store at the Belden Village Mall. She was arrested and booked into the Stark County Jail.

A wallet containing credit cards and cash was reported stolen Aug. 30 from an unlocked vehicle in the 4700 block of 20th St. NW.

A Canton man found panhandling near an exit ramp on Portage Street Northwest Aug. 30 was discovered with a warrant charging him with the same offense. He was arrested and released to sheriff’s deputies.

A loss prevention officer at a Dressler Road department store told police Aug. 30 a man fled with $160 in clothing after concealing the items under his clothing in a fitting room. On the same day, an employee at a Frank Avenue drugstore reported a man ran out with four packs of cigarettes without paying.

A Canton woman, 26, was charged Aug. 30 with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Police said she caused a disturbance at Stark State College by yelling profanities in an open area and refusing to leave the premises.

Someone broke into a storage locker in the basement of a Hills and Dales Road apartment and stole various collectible items worth a total of $3,500. A padlock was cut off to gain entry.

A Canton woman, 32, was charged with criminal trespass Aug. 30 after police said she was seen inside a Mega Street department store where she previously had been banned. She was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on another charge and turned over to sheriff’s deputies.

A Canton woman, 22, was charged Aug. 30 after police said they found her in possession of cannabis following a traffic crash on Portage Street Northwest. She also was found with drug paraphernalia and a warrant for failure to appear on a driving suspension charge.

An Akron man, 44, was charged Aug. 29 with domestic violence. Two witnesses told police they saw the man hit a woman twice in the face and grab her arm during an argument on Belden Village Street.

Charges of theft and possession of criminal tools were lodged against a 28-year-old Akron woman Aug. 29. Police said she filled a bag with merchandise at a Belden Village Street store and left without paying. The bag, which she had brought in herself, was lined with duct tape and other materials to circumvent the security sensors, police said.

On Aug. 28, the manager of an Everhard Road apartment complex reported a non-resident has been illegally dumping trash in the private dumpsters.

A Canton man reported someone stole the rear license plate off his vehicle while he was inside a Whipple Avenue bowling alley Aug. 28.

A Copley woman, 21, was charged Aug. 28 with obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instruments, and possession of drug paraphernalia. While conducting a welfare check at a Bundoran Street home, police said the woman lied about her identity to hide knowledge of a warrant out on her. During a search of her vehicle, police reported finding multiple hypodermic needles, a spoon with burn marks, and a marijuana grinder. The woman was arrested on the warrant and booked into the Stark County Jail.

A group of males left a restaurant in the Belden Village Mall without paying their food and drink bill of $132, according to an Aug. 27 report.

An unknown amount of printer ink cartridges worth approximately $4,000 were reported stolen Aug. 26 from a Frank Avenue retail warehouse club. An unidentified man was seen on video stuffing the items inside his clothing and leaving without paying.