Burglary suspect walks out of police department unnoticed
BRATENAHL, Ohio (WJW) -- Investigators in Bratenahl are trying to figure out how a suspect made it outside from the booking room.
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Body camera video shows Bratenahl police responding to a call about a burglary in progress around 1:30 p.m. Monday. They quickly spotted the suspect running from the scene and gave chase.
The department's canine officer was able to track down 21-year-old Gevonne Smith, of Cleveland. The patrolman's dog kept Smith at bay until other officers arrived and placed him under arrest.
He was taken to the police department in Bratenahl Village Hall to be booked. Investigators said Smith left the booking area unnoticed, walked down a stairwell and fled out the back door.
Police are not happy about the breach in security at the antiquated facility.
"Obviously, there were protocols that were not followed. We are still internally looking into how it happened as far as the details go. Rest assured that we are looking into it, and will come to conclusions and take steps to insure that something like this does not happen again," Lt. Chuck LoBello said.
This was not the first time the Bratenahl Police Department had contact with Smith. According to investigators, he was arrested earlier for trespassing, while he was casing another house.
Those who allowed Smith to walk out of the police department could face disciplinary action. But for now, police are focusing their attention on finding out where Smith is hiding so they can get him back into custody. The U.S. Marshals and other police agencies have joined the search.
"Anybody who's willing to commit felonies and break into somebody's home, in my opinion, is somebody that's worrisome," LoBello said.
Anyone with information on Smith's whereabouts should call 216-681-1234.