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2 men arrested after woman claims son stole car, credit cards


Two men — one from Elyria and one from Lorain — are in trouble after a North Ridgeville woman reported her son took her car and her credit cards without her permission overnight.

Just before 11 p.m. police were dispatched to Paul's Beverage on Lake Avenue because the woman's credit cards were being used there by someone who racked up more than $700 in alcohol purchases.

About 1 p.m. officers located the woman’s vehicle, a 2007 Ford Freestyle, parked in front of Redd Foxx Lounge on Broad St. Officers stopped the car when it pulled into Dairy Mart on Lake Avenue. Occupants of the vehicle were taken out at gunpoint because police had received an anonymous tip they had been involved in an earlier pistol-whipping in Lorain.

Laquan Wallace, 18, of Elyria, was arrested for driving under suspension after police received an anonymous tip he and others in the vehicle he was driving had been involved in a pistol-whipping in Lorain. Wallace was one of three people shot May 8 at Toy Box Night Club. Police couldn't say whether the alleged pistol whipping was being investigated in relation to the earlier shooting.

When Wallace was asked where he got the car, he told officers he was at West 12th Street and Long Avenue in Lorain when he was approached by an individual who wished to rent the SUV out for $40. Wallace said he gave the person $40 and picked up his friend at West 17th Street and Long Avenue.

Police were unable to determine if the pistol-whipping had occurred.

After watching store video at Paul's Beverage, police determined the individual who had used the North Ridgeville woman's credit cards was Justy Ballard Jr., 27, of Lorain.

According to police he bought two bottles of Moet Nectar Brut Rose, which are $59.99 each, at about 9 p.m. He returned about 20 minutes later and bought a $329 bottle of special reserve wine, six more bottles of Moet Nectar Brut Rose and a $4.65 five-pack of Dutch Masters Palma.

Police signed warrants for Justy Ballard Jr. for two counts of forgery, two counts of misuse of credit cards and two counts of receiving stolen property.

It was not clear if the woman's son was charged.

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