Police Blotter 8/25

Unusual break In
Police responded to a burglary call at 1:03 p.m. on Aug. 17 at an apartment building located on Dexter Avenue North. Upon arrival the responding police officer spoke with the complainant who said that on Aug. 16 at 9:24 p.m. a known suspect broke into the day room area of the building.

The complainant said that nothing had been stolen or damaged during the burglary. However, the building has had some previous problems with theft recently and the complainant said she felt that this incident was related. She was able to show the officer video of a suspect whom she knew and was able to identify. At 8:52 p.m. the suspect can be seen trying the lock and looking around the lobby of the apartment building. At 9:24 the suspect can be seen gaining entrance into the day room.

The door had been locked and it is unknown how he gained access. The lock did not appear damaged. Soon after entering the day room he left.
The police officer ran the suspect's name and he had two warrants. However, upon paying a visit to the suspect's apartment he was unable to make contact with the suspect. The complainant made a copy of the video for police.

Alarm Call
A woman called 911 at 10:51 a.m. on Aug. 17 to report that the audible alarm had just activated at her house. She was home alone in her house located on Eighth Avenue West. She went next door while still on the line with the 911 operators.

Three units arrived on the scene; the house alarm was audible and loud.
Officers checked the exterior of the house and discovered the rear, middle level door was ajar. It appeared the suspect had climbed an attached ladder and climbed up to the middle level.

There was a small, flat pry mark on the doorframe, consistent with a flathead screwdriver or a similar tool. The homeowner told the police that the mark had not been there before.

Officers then checked the interior of the house, there were no suspects inside and the tri-level home appeared to be in order. Police then walked through the house with the homeowner, who verified that nothing was missing.
It appeared the suspect had pried open the back door and when the alarm sounded the suspect was scared off. It didn't appear that the suspect made entry into the home.

Business Burglary
Police responded to the scene of a burglary at a commercial office building located on North Canal Street at 8:25 a.m. on Aug. 16. Sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 8:10 a.m. on Aug. 16 someone broke into the building.

Once inside the suspect forced open the front door to one of the business units and entered into an office space.

From inside the office space the suspect took four laptop computers and some other miscellaneous computer equipment.
There are no surveillance cameras and the building is not alarmed. There was no suspect identifying evidence.

Car Prowl
Sometime overnight between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 a man's car was broken into while it was parked inside the garage below his apartment complex on Prospect Street.

The man said he had returned home after attending his high school reunion and left his tux and backpack in the back seat of his car. The garage has a security gate and is small, holding only 12 cars. The man's vehicle is also alarmed.

At about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, the victim returned to his car and discovered the left rear passenger window had been shattered. Glass was on the garage floor. The suspect had stolen the man's backpack. The GPS and iPod inside the vehicle were not touched. The activated alarm may have caused the suspect to flee quickly. Inside the stolen backpack was clothing, toiletries, an electric razor and a digital camera.

There were no signs of forced entry to the garage and no evidence was left at the scene.

Copper and Brass
Police responded to a burglary call at 8:21 a.m. on Aug. 9 at an office building located on 16th Avenue West. Sometime over the weekend between Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 somebody had broken into the business. Upon arrival the responding police officer contacted the complainant who worked at the business. He said he returned to work from the weekend and noticed the front rolling gate was off its track, and the lock had been tightly cinched closed.

The complainant the business and noticed what appeared to be pry marks on the bathroom window and the southern facing door.
He said that two 55-gallon barrels containing approximately $1,000 of copper water flex tubing was stolen along with smaller barrel containing approximately $600 of clean brass. All the barrels had the business' name stenciled on the sides.

The officer could not find any evidence at the scene.
The complainant provided the officer with the name of somebody who he believed to be a possible suspect.

Construction Break In
At some point between 4 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 9 somebody broke into a construction site located on Yale Avenue North. The suspect stole a bunch of items belonging to the construction company. It is unknown where the suspects entered the site.

Massive Ransack
On Aug. 9 at 6:15 p.m. police responded to a house located on Newton Street to investigate a forced entry burglary. Upon arrival police spoke with the victims who told the story.

The couple had left the house at 9 a.m. on Aug. 8 and returned home at 6 p.m. to find their home had been ransacked. Missing from the home was 15-20 DVDs, a Playstation and controllers, two Dell laptops, three iPods, six Playstation games, a North Face backpack, a Samsung Vibrant, a Couch bag, jewelry, two credit cards, $8.50 in rolled coins and a house key. Money may have also been missing from the victims' wallets, but they were not sure.

Officers found a basement window that had been kicked in, and a side door that was ajar. They believe that the point of entry was the window, and the point of exit was the side door.

Storage Unit Break In
Police responded to a reported forced-entry burglary at a storage unit located on Western Avenue on Aug. 10 at 12:06 p.m. Upon arrival police spoke with the manager who said the burglary had occurred sometime over the weekend and the suspect had broken into three separate maintenance storage rooms on the second, third and fourth floors.

The manager said there was no surveillance footage of the break-ins and no remaining evidence, as the maintenance person on site had already fixed the damage to the door locks and frames.

The manager said that four tools were stolen from the rooms, but she did not know which rooms contained which tools.

The manager told police that it had appeared that the suspect used a prying tool to pry open the individual doors and twist the lock to open the doors. Damage to the locks and door frames was estimated at about $250.
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