Former Fairlawn police sergeant accused of breaking into city hall, stealing pills

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FAIRLAWN, Ohio- A former sergeant with the Fairlawn Police Department was arrested after officers say he broke into city hall to steal medications.

Officers spotted a suspect on surveillance cameras breaking into Fairlawn City Hall on Smith Road at about 10:20 p.m. on Sunday. Police said the man was in the foyer trying to open the city’s medication drop-off box and looking through the pills.

The officer recognized the suspect as Robert A. Buza Jr., who retired from the Fairlawn Police Department in 2013. According to Police Chief Kenneth A. Walsh, the officer secured the medications and took the keys Buza used to get into city hall.

On Wednesday, Buza was and charged with breaking and entering, safecracking and attempted theft. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Buza was a sergeant in the detective bureau and police said he was well respected in the county.