Police responded to a 911 call from a security officer at an apartment building in the 3000 block of 16th Avenue West at 1:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

He said a man and woman were attempting to break into the building’s front doors with a bottle of WD-40. Police located the woman and two uninvolved men in the parking lot of a nearby gas station.

The building’s security video confirmed that the woman in the parking lot was the suspect, however, the male suspect was not with her. She said she’d gone with him to the apartment building because he said he lived there. She didn’t realize that it was weird that he was using WD-40 to try to jimmy the door open instead of opening it with a key. Although the female suspect was complicit in the attempted burglary, the building’s security officer opted to have her criminally trespassed from the building instead of pressing charges.

Pried window

Police responded to a burglary report at a house in the 3500 block of 32nd Avenue West at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 .

The victim said he’d been away from home from about 1:30-10:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. When he got home he noticed some kitchen cabinet doors and bedroom dresser drawers were standing open. A back bedroom window was standing open with its screen removed.

Responding officers looked around outside and determined that the burglar moved a patio table under the window and pried it open after removing the screen.

Stolen copper           

Police responded to Magnolia Elementary, which is being renovated in the 2400 block of 28th Avenue West, for a burglary report at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The construction contractor told officers that security called him at 3:35 a.m. that morning to report there was a person on site walking around with a flashlight by the construction trailers. He found out that several spools of copper wire, worth about $830 dollars, were stolen from the job site when he arrived at around 7 a.m.

Laptop thief           

Police responded to an office building in the 400 block of First Avenue North at 1:34 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, for a burglary that occurred overnight.

A manager told officers they weren’t sure how the suspect got into the building. Security cameras caught video of the suspect in the building between 3:24 and 3:28 a.m. The video shows him walking through the office grabbing laptops off of desks.

A bike for a bike          

A man called 911 from his house in the 4000 block of 28th Place West at 8:13 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, to report the storage shed in his backyard was broken into.

The burglar attempted to force open the shed’s front door, damaging the locking mechanism. Failing to get that door open, they went around to the unlocked back door to enter the shed. The burglar stole an electric bike from the shed, leaving behind another bike.

Responding officers collected that bike, which had a local bike store sticker on it. Officers called the bike store, which provided information about the customer who bought the bike a year ago. That person confirmed that the bike was stolen and agreed to come pick it up from the West Precinct.