Caught prowling          

Police responded at 10:09 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, to a 911 call regarding a vehicle prowler found at an apartment building in the 500 block of Belmont Avenue East.

The building manager said he’d caught the suspect in the parking garage and he believed he’d been prowling cars. He said he was in the garage at about 9:58 a.m. when he spotted the suspect suspiciously standing next to a car. The suspect fled the garage when confronted, activating the garage door from the inside.

The building manager followed the suspect southbound on Belmont, but stopped when the suspect pulled a knife on him. When officers arrived the building manager called the owner of the car the suspect had been standing near.

She said she couldn’t remember if she’d locked her car the night before, but when she looked in the car she confirmed a pair of shoes and some clothes were missing. The stolen items were located next to the recycling bins inside the garage. However, the victim said a $400 pair of sunglasses was still missing.


Easy target


Employees of a store in the 2300 block of East Union Street called 911 at 3:33 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, after a customer was robbed in the parking lot.

The victim said he’d just exited the store after making a purchase when two men approached him in the parking lot and blocked his path. One of the suspects grabbed the bag of purchased items from the victim’s hand, and they both ran off. The victim, who has a brace on his right knee, said he believed he was targeted because he couldn’t fight back or give chase. He valued the loss at $30.

Midnight marauders          

Police responded at 2:02 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, to a 911 call from a man living in the 1500 block of Melrose Avenue, who said two people forced their way into his apartment and punched him in the face five times .

He said he’d heard a knock on the front door and looked through the peephole. He recognized the two men from around the building, but didn’t know them. When he opened the door they pushed their way inside.

One of the suspects held the victim down while the other rummaged through the apartment for stuff to steal. The victim said he resisted the suspect’s hold and tried to fight back, so the suspect punched him about five times. The other suspect tried to take his laptop and they played tug of war with it until the victim regained possession of it.

The victim ripped his curtains off the rod to try to gain attention from outside. A police car happened to pull up to the front of the building for an unrelated call, and the suspects fled when the victim told them cops were outside.

The victim ran out of his apartment and hid in the stairway while the suspects went out the front and walked by the police officers that had just arrived. Unaware of the robbery, the officers allowed the suspects to leave.

The victim had a bruise on his right bicep and cuts and bruises on his nose. He said he thought the only thing the suspects took was his phone.

Power outage crime           

Police responded at 5:29 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, to a business in the 600 block of East Pike Street for an attempted burglary.

An employee said someone tried to break into the business at about 6 p.m. the night before, while the power was out due to a windstorm.

The suspect was unsuccessful, but they left pry marks on the door and broke the door. The business had to pay a locksmith to come out and fix it.

Laundry room break-in           

Police responded at 1:21 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, to a burglary at an apartment in the 2300 block of East John Street.

The building manager said he’d heard loud noises coming from the laundry room, which is directly underneath his apartment, at about 4 a.m. that morning. When he later went downstairs he found the laundry room door had been pried open. The door was standing open and there were fresh pry marks on the frame.

He said nothing inside the laundry room was stolen or damaged.

Interrupted burglary

Police responded at 2:53 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, to a 911 call from an apartment in the 1000 block of East Pike Street. The victim said two men were trying to break into his apartment. The suspects were gone by the time officers arrived.

The resident said he’d heard his door rattling, and when he opened it two men were standing in the hallway. They said they were fixing the fire extinguisher in the hallway before running out the door. There were large pry marks on the victim’s doorframe that he said were new.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood but didn’t find the suspects. The next morning, at about 8:45 a.m., the victim called 911 again to report he’d just discovered that two of his bikes were stolen from the interior of his apartment building. He said they’d been leaning on a rail but not locked up. The victim said he believes the suspects that tried to break into his apartment stole his bikes.

Daytime burglary           

Police responded at 5:31 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, to a burglary at a house in the 2800 block of East Ward Street.

The three roommates said the burglary happened between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and that when the last roommate left that morning all of the exterior doors were locked. When the first roommate arrived home at 5 p.m. he found the back door unlocked and a bunch of their belongings missing.

A downstairs door was pried open; the door handle lock and the deadlock were broken off the door. The victims reported about $8,000 worth of belongings stolen, including four laptops, an HD TV, a Bluetooth speaker, some jewelry and about $300 cash.