Birthday night ends in burglary for couple
A resident of the 2100 block of Progress returned home with his wife just before 2 a.m. last Sunday from a celebration of her 30th birthday to find that their house had been burglarized.
Two flat-screen television sets were among the items taken, along with a computer and monitor with a combined value of $800, a $400 DVD surround sound set, a $600 video game console and several jewelry items.
Police found pry marks near the handle of a door on the house’s east side.
Neighbor arrested for break-in attempt
Police were called just before 3 a.m. Sunday to a house in the 1400 block of Reo on word of a breaking and entering in progress.
They arrived to find a 37-year-old Lincoln Park man sitting on the porch of a house next door who told them he lived there with his mother.
A woman living in the house where the break-in attempt was reported said her daughter had heard a man’s voice just before seeing a white man trying to get in through her bedroom window. The daughter then told her mother, who called police.
Officers found the screen on the window had been bent and arrested the man for trying to break in. Police said he became angry and combative and had to be detained in a cell during the booking process.
House robbed of electronic items
The owner of a house in the 12300 block of Agnes came home about 5 p.m. Monday to find that his house had been burglarized.
Police said a neighborhood boy out for a walk earlier that afternoon spotted two teens entering the yard there and watched as they closed the gate behind them, but saw nothing further after that.
Dresser drawers, cabinets and closets in the house had been rummaged through, and several items were missing. Among them were two laptop computers, one valued at $400 and the other at $900; a $320 video game console; and a $5 metal box.
The teens were described as white or Hispanic males between 14 and 16 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with thin to medium builds.
Police-type equipment swiped from truck
A bulletproof vest, a pair of handcuffs, a flashlight and a Global Positioning System unit were found stolen about 9:30 a.m. July 17 from 2008 Dodge Ram in the 15300 block of Oakleigh.
The owner said the truck had been parked in the driveway and left unlocked.
Thieves take mower, but ask first
A boy in the 5800 block of Buck watched as a car pulled into a neighbor’s driveway about 2 p.m. and stole a lawnmower
The boy’s father told police that a thin, white woman in a green Mercury Cougar pulled up, and a man in the passenger seat asked if the neighbor was home. When the boy said no, a white man climbed out of the passenger-side window, walked up the driveway toward the back yard, returned with the mower and loaded it into the car, which then drove off.
Rooftop proves no place for laptop
An 18-year-old Wyandotte man lost a briefcase containing his laptop computer about 8 p.m. July 16.
He had been visiting a friend in the 14100 block of Mortenview and had loaded some items into his car before leaving when he placed the case and the computer on the car’s roof, then drove home.
About 40 minutes later he realized the laptop was missing and called his friend, who looked for it unsuccessfully. The man drove back to the house and the friend and three other friends looked for the computer again, but to no avail.