Frequent offenders               

Police responded at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, to an apartment building in the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue East for a report of trespassers on the premises.

The maintenance manager told police there had been multiple reports of mail thefts and stolen bikes inside the building over the last month or so. He recently installed a surveillance camera and had reviewed the video for the last week.

He saw two men force the front door open with a screwdriver and come inside. Although the video didn’t show the suspects stealing anything, one of the men was counting a stack of cash as they exited the building. The maintenance manager said he didn’t know where the cash came from, and he hadn’t had any theft reports at that time.


A resident in an apartment building in the 400 block of Melrose Avenue East called 911 at 10:36 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, after chasing off a burglar.

He said he heard noises at the building’s front door, and he found a guy trying to pry the door open with a crow bar when he went to investigate. Once confronted, the man ran away southbound on Melrose Avenue. There was no noticeable damage done to the door

Responding officers didn’t find the suspect..

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Police responded to a business in the 1000 block of East James Way at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, after employees discovered a burglary that occurred earlier that morning.

An employee found a window screen was cut open and a vending machine in front of the window had been pushed away from the wall.

Security footage showed two suspects cutting the screen at about 4:41 a.m. One of the suspects acted as the lookout outside while the other climbed inside to snoop around. Employees said nothing appeared to be missing.

Package thieves                 

Police responded to an apartment building in the 1600 block of Melrose Avenue East for a burglary at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

The building manager said a green bike had been left in the lobby all day. When she reviewed the surveillance video, she saw three suspects break into the building around 11:30 a.m. and leave the bike there. The video also showed them taking packages from the mailroom.

Fearing the suspects were still in the building, the manager wanted the police to check the building. Officers checked the basement and found the emergency exit door to the north alley of the ajar. Six packages addressed to tenants of the building were found under the stairwell in the basement. Four packages were empty. The two with contents left behind contained books. Officers brought the abandoned bike back to the East Precinct. They ran the bike’s serial number and found it hadn’t been reported stolen yet.

Easy burglary                 

Police responded at 10:01 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, to a 911 call from an apartment building in the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue East, reporting a burglary that occurred at 4 a.m.

A second 911 call came in reporting one of the burglars was spotted on the roof of the building while officers were en route.

An on-site maintenance worker told responding officers the subject seen on the roof was actually another maintenance worker. He showed police surveillance video of two suspects using a key FOB to enter the parking garage at 4:11 a.m. The suspects proceeded through the parking garage and into the main building, where they pried open the doors of two locked offices and a storage room. The suspects stole two Dell laptops, a Dell desktop computer, a candy jar, two packages and a cosmetics bag. The door to the storage room was damaged.

Easy target                 

Police responded at 5:26 p.m. Thursday, March 2, to a reported strong-armed robbery near 20th Avenue East and East Galer Street.

The victim, a landscaper, said he and his partner had just finished a job and loaded all their equipment into the bed of the truck. They were sitting inside the truck when they felt the truck start to bounce up and down.

He got out of the truck to investigate, and saw two suspects standing behind the truck; one was holding his chain saw and leaf blower. The victim confronted the suspects and tried to take his equipment back, but the suspect holding the equipment kicked him in the chest. The victim backed off and called 911.

He said the suspects got into a beige or silver Chevy Suburban and drove away eastbound on 21st Avenue. The victim reported the stolen tools were worth about $125 dollars each.

Street harassment                

Two patrol officers were flagged down at 12:41 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, by a woman in the 700 block of East Pike Street, claiming to be an assault victim. She said she was hit with an umbrella. She said she was lying down in a doorway when another homeless person she knew approached and started yelling at her. The suspect grabbed one of the victim’s umbrellas and swung it at her, hitting her in the right side of the head. A second victim corroborated the first victim’s story, saying the suspect kicked him on the left shin; where he had a pre-existing injury. The victims both complained of pain, but had no visible signs of injury.