Stolen bikes

Police responded at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, to a 911 report of a bike theft from an apartment building in the 1400 block of East Pine Street.

The victim said he kept his bikes chained up next to his car in the building’s parking garage. He left the garage in his car that day at about 1 p.m. and saw both his bikes were in place.

When he returned at about 3:30 p.m. he found both the bikes missing and the cable lock was cut. He said he used U-locks to lock the bikes together, and that those locks were not left behind by the thief. It’s possible the thief couldn’t get the U-locks off, as they are more difficult to cut.

The stolen bikes are a Trek Pilot and a Giant Cyclocross, valued together at more than $6,000.

Smashed back door           

A man living in the 2200 block of 12th Avenue East called 911 at 9:07 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, to report a burglary at his house.

The burglary occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 8:45 p.m., while the victim was away from home.

A rock was thrown through the house’s glass back door, creating a hole big enough for the burglar to reach an arm through and open the door.

The upstairs master bedroom was ransacked; the burglar took mostly cash and jewelry.

Burglarized shed


Police responded to a home in the 500 block of 20th Avenue East at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, to investigate the burglary of a shed.

The homeowner said two bikes were stolen out of the shed sometime between 4 p.m. the previous day and 8:30 p.m. that evening. The stolen bikes were a blue and black Trek mountain bike and a red and black Novara mountain bike.

Young criminal

Police were called to the corner of 10th Avenue East and East Pike Street at 9:07 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in response to an attempted robbery.

Two women said they were standing on the corner when a very young man came up and began flirting with them. They thought he was very young, so they asked him his age.

He responded, “Give me your purse.”

He grabbed one of the women’s purses and pulled it hard enough to break the strap. The victim was able to hold onto her purse, and the suspect ran off eastbound on East Pike Street. He was later seen going north through Cal Anderson Park.

Several police officers searched the neighborhood, but weren’t able to find the suspect.

Forgotten fight           

A man called 911 at 3:28 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, after returning to his hotel room with injuries to his head and face he couldn’t remember sustaining.

He said he’d been out at a club in the 1400 block of Broadway Avenue East. He remembered being punched and getting up off the ground. He didn’t remember any altercation, or where he had been when the incident occurred.

The man had a welt on his cheek, a small abrasion on his nose and several chipped teeth.

Inside job           

Police responded at 10:24 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, to an overnight burglary at Mad Pizza in the 1300 block of Madison Street.

Employees discovered the burglary at 10 a.m., when they began arriving to work. The burglar had entered through the employee door and successfully disarmed the alarm system.

They went to an employee-only room and took all the cash out of the safe — about $450. The cash was the only thing taken during the burglary.

The employee who closed the store the night before told police she was sure all the doors were locked when she left and she had set the alarm.

The manager reported he suspected a recently fired employee had committed the theft. An employee had been fired the previous week for behavioral problems. The ex-employee still had a key to the business and she knew the codes to the safe and the alarm system.

Unusual activity

A woman living in the 1100 block of 21st Avenue East called 911 at 8:53 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, to report her house was broken into sometime between 6 a.m. on Oct. 8 and 10:45 p.m. Oct 10.

She said she’d returned home and been inside for a few minutes when she noticed muddy footprints throughout the house, property knocked over and items moved around. She found two window clasps broken, with muddy footprints directly underneath one of the windows.

Boxes and containers throughout the house had been rummaged through and a few items were missing. The victim also reported some recent unusual activity around the house, including a burglary to her garage within the last week. A bike and some other sporting equipment was stolen, but after she called 911, responding police found the stolen items dumped a few blocks away.

She said she’d been renovating the house and had several contractors and gardeners at the house in the past few weeks.