POLICE BLOTTER | July 3, 2013

This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague.

Burglary interrupted

Police officers responded to a house on Burton Place West at 7:30 p.m. June 15 after a tenant confronted a burglar in the hallway. 

The burglar entered the backyard through a gate and broke a glass pane in a basement window. Items were moved around, but it appears like the suspect was interrupted before he could take anything. 

When confronted by the resident, the burglar quickly ran out the door.

Condo break-in

A woman in the 2500 block of Thorndyke Avenue West arrived home at 5:20 p.m. June 10 to discover her front door had been forced open.

Every room had been ransacked, and items taken or moved around. A glass bowl had been moved from the living room and left on the floor. 

All entrances to the building appeared to be untouched. None of the neighbors heard or saw anything.

The victim’s only set of car keys were taken. 

The police were able to find fingerprints and submitted them into evidence.

Art thief

At 8 a.m. June 10, a police officer was dispatched to Westmont Way West to investigate a non-forced-entry burglary.

The victim left his garage door open between 10:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., and his car was parked inside with the windows down. He said sometime overnight, somebody entered his garage, unlocked the trunk of his car and took a bag containing keys and about $1,000 in quarters.

The victim also reported the burglar took a painting of a female’s upper torso that was hanging on the garage wall. 

A fingerprint search was done, but no usable prints were found.

Observant passer-by

At 8 a.m. June 8, a person walking by a business in the 1900 block of Sixth Avenue West noticed the front door had been pried open and called 911. 

Police arrived and saw that the front door had damage to the door, frame and lock caused by prying. They searched the inside of the building and didn’t find anybody inside. But there was a drawer behind the cash register that was left open. 

Police found the phone number of an employee and called her, and she responded to the shop. She said that the drawer contained about $200 in petty cash, which was missing. She also said a display containing costume jewelry was gone. 

There was no other damage or evidence of rummaging throughout the store. 

Break-in fail

On June 18, police responded to a home on West Thurman Street to investigate an attempted burglary. 

The victim had returned home to find somebody had cut a window screen. The burglar was unsuccessful in entering, however, because the window had a dowel in it to keep it from opening all the way. 

The victim said there wasn’t anything missing from his apartment.

Pre-broken window

On June 18 at 6 p.m., a man in the 1900 block of Dexter Avenue North called 911 to report a forced-entry burglary to his residence. 

He said between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., somebody broke into his house through a previously broken window and stole multiple items.

He said the window had been cracked a few weeks prior, but the glass was still intact in the frame. He arrived home to find glass on the floor and the window completely open. 

He also said the back door was unlocked and wide open when he got home. 

The victim provided police with a very long list of items stolen during the burglary, including a video-game console, 15 grams of marijuana, a golf club, a silver necklace and a ring.

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