POLICE BLOTTER | March 25, 2015

Copper thief

At 7:33 a.m. on March 16, police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Dexter Avenue North in response to a burglary at a construction site. 

The site foreman reported that, sometime between 3:30 p.m. on March 14 and 5:40 a.m. on March 16, somebody entered the site through an unsecured driveway and stole about 200 feet of copper wire. 

The burglar also cut a chain-link fence and entered a storage area, where he took a pipe-bending machine and 10 to 15 spools of small copper wires.


Welcome home

On March 16 at 6:25 p.m., police responded to a burglary call at building on Second Avenue West. 

The victim told police he had been away for drug treatment since Dec. 22. When he returned home, he found an eviction notice from the staff. The notice said he was being evicted for suspected narcotics activity and explained that staff had entered his home and confiscated narcotics and paraphernalia while he was away. 

The victim told police that, as he began inventorying his belongings inside the home, he noticed two desktop computers, a watch and a clock were missing. 

He said there were no signs of forced entry and that no one but the staff has an access key. 

He believes that staff members stole the missing items. 

No staff members were at the building at the time so police couldn’t speak with them.



A woman living in the 600 block of Elliot Avenue West called 911 at 11:44 a.m. on March 16 to report that someone had broken into her home and stolen $1,000 worth of jewelry and clothing sometime on March 6. 

She said she was calling because she needed a police report for her insurance. 

There was no sign of forced entry, and she didn’t know how the person entered. 

The victim also reported that, a while after the burglary, her mother visited and saw another resident of the building wearing some of the clothing items that were taken from her apartment. 


Missing bike

On March 4 at 8:15 p.m., police responded to a home on 12th Avenue West in response to a report of a residential burglary of a detached garage. 

The homeowner told police he’d locked his garage at 4 p.m. on Feb. 28 and was away until about 7 p.m. on March 1. 

When he went to the garage upon his return, he noticed the garage door was open. He went inside and saw a bicycle was missing. It had been in the back of the garage on a bike trainer. 

He said the bike was the only item he noticed missing at the time. 

The victim also said he noticed a side door to the garage was unlocked but closed, and he believed the door had been locked and dead-bolted. 

Responding police examined the garage and did not observe any forced entry into the garage via the side door or the window, both of which face an alley.