Busted vent

Police responded at 5:37 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, to a burglary at a restaurant in the 600 block of Queen Anne Avenue North.

An employee called 911 after arriving to work and finding evidence of a burglary. She said she wasn’t sure what time the last employee left the night before, but she thinks the burglary likely took place between 11 p.m. and 5:20 a.m.

A locker containing cash from employees’ tips was forced open and a liquor closet door was pried, but not opened. A drop safe containing more cash was also compromised. The revolving door that employees drop cash through was cut clean off the safe. The employee on site wasn’t sure how much money was taken during the burglary.

Responding officers searched the exterior of the restaurant for a possible entry point. They found a vent on the back door that was duct taped in place. This vent was large enough for a person to climb through, then tape it back on. Officers determined that this was the most likely entry point.

Backyard pilferer           

A homeowner in the 3200 block of 25th Avenue West called 911 at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, to report an overnight burglary. He said the burglary was recorded on his neighbor’s security camera.

It shows a suspect coming onto the victim’s property overnight and going around to the back porch. The suspect cut a cable lock that had been securing two bikes on the back porch. He took one of the bikes, a black Raleigh mountain bike. The suspect also entered the victim’s basement through an unlocked door and took a Dewalt Drill valued at $300 and two backpacks full of miscellaneous items. The backpacks were later found stashed underneath a parked car in a neighbor’s driveway. A lunch bag was left on the back porch.

Officers looked inside the bag and found the following items: one stainless steel table spoon, a lightning cable with a USB plug, a yellow folding knife and four large yellow pills in a Ziploc bag.

Bike thief           

Police responded at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, to a house in the 3600 block of 35th Avenue West for a reported bike theft.

The victim said he rode his bike home from work and parked it in his shed at 1 a.m. He secured the shed before going inside. He came out to get his bike at 10 a.m. and found the shed’s lock was pried off and one of his bikes missing from inside. The stolen bike is a 2017 green Kona Blast.

Ransacked home

Police responded at 9:12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, to a burglary at a house in the 400 block of West Halladay Street.

The victims said they’d been away from home from 11:45 a.m. until about 7:15 p.m. They noticed the kitchen sliding door standing ajar when they returned. There were no signs of forced entry or damage to the door or its lock.

Several areas of the house, including the bedroom, were ransacked. Several pieces of jewelry were taken, including a sapphire ring, five silver rings and a gold necklace with a gecko on it. A traveler’s money belt holding about $500 in U.S. and Japanese currency was also taken, along with a half-empty bottle of Johnnie Walker Black. The victims estimated about $2,832 worth of valuables were taken.

Thirsty burglar           

Police were called to a house in the 2400 block of Third Avenue West for a burglary at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

The victims reported they’d been gone from about 4-7 p.m. They found a bathroom window standing open and the back door unlocked when they returned. The window’s screen had been popped off and left on a chair on the back patio.

The victims walked the house with police. Despite expensive jewelry and electronics in plain sight, the only items taken were two bottles of Trader Joe’s liquor valued at $40.

Escalated snowball fight           

Police responded at 2:08 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, to a 911 call from the area of 12th Avenue West and West Dravus Street for an altercation that escalated to a robbery.

The victim told police he’d been in his car sitting in traffic when a verbal altercation began between himself and another driver. The other driver threw a snowball at his car, so the victim got out of his car and approached the suspect vehicle. The victim picked up some snow and threw it in the suspect’s car through his open driver’s side window. The suspect got out of his car and a physical altercation began.

The suspect pulled the victim’s glasses off his face and went back to his car. He got into the car and drove away with the victim’s glasses. The victim reported he chased the suspect and demanded he give him his glasses back, and that the suspect, claiming several times to have a gun in the car. The victim valued the glasses at $1,000.