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Cleveland man with lengthy criminal record allegedly broke into music venue

November 11th, 2017 - Comments »

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 52-year-old Cleveland man with a lengthy criminal history is accused of stealing hundreds of dollars in merchandise during a break-in at the downtown House of Blues.

Rodney Butler is facing a felony charge of breaking into the East 4th Street music venue on Oct. 27 .

Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge set his bond at $10,000 during his initial appearance Thursday. He was also ordered to have no contact with the business, records show.

According to a police report, an intruder forced his way into the House of Blues about 9 a.m. by yanking the door of its merchandise shop.

Once inside, he reportedly stole about $630 in merchandise, including 16 hooded sweatshirts, 15 hats and 20 lanyards.

Surveillance video from a nearby restaurant reportedly showed the intruder leaving House of Blues and then returning a short while later.

Officers identified Butler and arrested him Tuesday afternoon. He was charged on Wednesday, records show.

Court records show Butler has been charged in 34 other felony cases in Cuyahoga County. His previous convictions are largely for theft and drug-related offenses, records show.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old Cleveland man is charged with aggravated murder in a deadly shootout in St. Clair-Superior neighborhood on Feb. 26.

Records show Terrence Lanier was arrested about noon Wednesday, shortly after detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. Court records state Lanier is charged in the  killing of Tyreese Neal, 20.

Neal was shot in the head while he was sitting in a stolen car on East 72nd Street near Donald Avenue. Witnesses reportedly heard nearly two-dozen gunshots during the shootout.

Investigators have not revealed how they identified Lanier as a suspect in the fatal shooting. Court records also do not specify if he allegedly fired the fatal shot.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court records show Lanier has a prior conviction related to a weapons case. He pleaded guilty to attempted carrying concealed weapons in October and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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