Group effort         

Police responded at 12:24 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, to a 911 call from the 1400 block of Broadway Avenue East reporting three men had stolen a woman’s phone and punched her boyfriend in the face.

The victims said they’d been walking across the street at Broadway and East Pike when a man started making derogatory comments to the woman. While her boyfriend was engaging with the suspect, the woman informed him a second suspect had just taken her phone and walked off. Her boyfriend went to confront the suspect with the phone, and a third suspect popped out and punched him in the face. The suspect with the phone joined in on the assault, punching the victim in the face a second time. After being punched twice, the victim backed away and the three suspects took off.

Poking the bear           

Police responded at 2:57 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, to an assault in the 1200 block of East Pine Street. Arriving officers found the victim bleeding so profusely that blood was dripping through the T-shirt he’d wrapped around his hand and onto the sidewalk.

He said he’d been in an altercation with a suspect who believed treated his girlfriend badly. The suspect told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. The victim wouldn’t let up and the suspect eventually lunged at the victim, cutting his hand with an unknown weapon. The victim’s girlfriend told police her boyfriend had been getting into fights with different people all night. She saw him arguing with the suspect outside and went back inside the bar. Later she found him with the injured hand and called 911.

Returning visitor           

The manager of an apartment building in the 400 block of Bellevue Avenue East called 911 at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, to report a series of recent burglaries, where surveillance video shows the same suspect every time.

The burglar uses a crow bar to pry open the building’s front door, goes to the mail room and opens any packages left for residents. The manager had video of six different recent burglaries by the same suspect. The most recent burglary was at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 24. The burglar came into the mail room and opened one box, but didn’t take its contents.

Mailroom burglary

Police responded at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, to a burglary at an apartment in the 1600 block of John Street. The complainant stated at about 8 a.m. he noticed the mailroom door had been forced open; there were pry marks on the door. He said he thinks the burglary took place between 7:30 and 8 a.m. He wasn’t sure what, if anything, was stolen from the mailroom.

Pharmacy robbery

Police responded at 3:33 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, to 911 calls from a supermarket in the 1400 block of East John Street reporting three suspects had just jumped the counter at the pharmacy and stolen bottles of prescription medicine.

The two pharmacy employees said they’d both been working on the west side of the pharmacy when the suspects entered and jumped over the east side of the counter, heading directly to the liquids storage shelf. They started grabbing large bottles of prescription medicine.

The employees ran over to the suspects and tried swatting the bottles out of their hands, but the suspects continued to grab and hold onto bottles.

Two suspects fled on foot out different doors. A third suspect was tackled by a deli employee and pinned down until the store manager came around and told the employee to let the suspect go. After conducting an inventory of the pharmacy, the employees determined two large bottles of Nystatin mouthwash were stolen. Each bottle is worth about $100. The suspects also attempted to steal bottles of Chlorohexidine, another prescription mouthwash.

Employees told police they believe the suspects were targeting codeine cough syrup. Police note there was a similar pharmacy robbery recently, in which the burglars stole codeine cough syrup, so the employees of this pharmacy moved all the controlled substance liquids to a secured location. Responding police searched the surrounding neighborhood for the suspects, but didn’t find them.

Alley attack           

Police responded at 3:34 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, to a reported robbery in the 700 block of East Pine Street. Officers met the victim in the lobby of her nearby apartment building.

She had blood on her lip, and officers called the fire department to send medics. She said she left a bar in the 700 block of East Pine Street and was walking eastbound through a parking alley when a man approached her and asked for cigarettes. She told the man she didn’t have any cigarettes and he then asked for money. She looked through her backpack and realized she’d left her wallet at the bar.

The man punched her in the stomach twice and once in the mouth, knocking out her veneers. The suspect demanded money again, and she repeated she didn’t have any. The suspect pulled the victim to the ground by her hair, kicked her and called her a bitch. The suspect eventually left heading westbound along East Pine Street.

The victim told police that she’d thrown up when the suspect punched her in the stomach. She had scrapes on both knees, and stated she had neck and back pain.

Strange burglary  

Police responded at 3:57 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, to a tripped alarm at a store in the 2400 block of East Union Street.

The store’s front door was pried open; its lock and metal frame were broken. Officers searched the inside of the building and didn’t find any signs of anything being stolen. Two registers were on the counter with the keys in the drawers. The general manager of the store responded to the scene and said he didn’t think anything was missing.

The manager and police watched the store’s surveillance video and saw four masked suspects enter the store by prying the door open. They ran inside and jumped over the glass display cases. They searched frantically throughout the business, including the back office area. The suspects looked at the safes in the back office and then turned and ran out the front door. They were inside the store for less than two minutes.

The manager said he thought it would cost about $1,500 to fix the front door.

Attempted burglary           

Police responded at 12:22 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, to a business in the 1300 block of Madison Street, when the manager called 911 to report an attempted burglary that occurred at 3:40 a.m. that morning.

Security footage shows four suspects wearing gloves, hoodies and masks walk up to the main entrance with pry bars in hand. Two suspects attempted to open the door using pry bars while the other two suspects stood by as lookouts. The suspects attempted to open the door for about three minutes.

The manager told police his alarm company contacted him at 3:46 a.m. The manager estimated it would cost about $1,000 to fix the door.

 Familiar suspect           

Employees at a restaurant in the 1600 block of Broadway Avenue East called 911 at 7:28 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, to report a burglary that occurred overnight.

Employees discovered the burglary when they came in to open the restaurant at 7:45 a.m.

A supervisor reviewed the surveillance footage and saw the burglar came into the restaurant at 5:30 a.m., using the key from the lock box kept outside. The suspect took the register to the back of the building and broke into it, stealing $197 dollars out of it. He also took the restaurant’s safe, which held about $500 in cash. Also taken were about 20 credit cards from the lost and found.

The suspect locked the restaurant back up when he left. The supervisor said he thought an employee may have committed the burglary, as they seemed to know the restaurant very well.