NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — After weeks of speculation, sleepless nights and confusion, the mystery of the key fob and garage door opener problems in North Olmsted has been solved.
The cause was a custom, man-made device inside a resident’s home, North Olmsted Councilman Chris Glassburn announced Saturday afternoon. Residents of Virginia Avenue, Brendan Lane, MacBeth Lane and Terra-Lynn Drive reported they were plagued with the problems for weeks.
So as to not identify the homeowner, Glassburn would only say it is a notification system which allows the resident to know if there is movement in the house/someone is in the house.
There is no malicious intent of the device, Glassburn noted.
Glassburn and Bill Hertzel, a retired communication employee, found the device after a resident agreed to allow them inside a home.
“The device, which ran on a battery backup, was identified and disabled,” Glassburn wrote in a statement. “There will be no further interference and the resident has agreed to not make such devices in the future. There are no implications for the future or other communities in this matter.”
Residents had experienced radio interference that prevented them from opening their cars and garage doors.
Many of those residents at first figured it was their device acting up.
“It was not until the concerns were shared on social media that it was clear to all that this problem was part of a larger issue,” Glassburn said.
Glassburn started looking into the mystery late…