Garage damaged, raided within hours
A resident in the 1100 block of Fort Park locked his garage at 1 a.m. Monday and returned four hours later to find its front door damaged and several items missing.
The door sustained $2,000 in damage by thieves, who made off with three power saws valued collectively at $680 and $200 worth of hand tools.
Shopper chases, catches purse snatcher
A 37-year-old resident was caught late Monday after snatching the purse of a woman at Meijer, 3710 Dix.
Police were en route to the store when a dispatcher told them the man had been cornered in the 1900 block of Michigan by a resident who had chased him. The chase began after the man took the purse and got on his bicycle and headed toward Moran.
When confronted, the man told police he wouldn’t put up a fight. They found a crack pipe in his possession.
The $300 Coach purse was recovered; its contents included $30 cash, identification cards, credit cards, bank information and a checkbook.
Window smashers go on two-day spree
Windows were broken on several vehicles in the city over two days last week.
Last Sunday, vehicles on Argyle, Richmond, Commonwealth, Barberry and Chestnut were targeted. A broken ceramic lawn gnome was found next to the vehicle on Chestnut.
On Monday, vehicles on Fordline, Strathcona, and Chestnut were hit.
Some of the windows were broken using BB guns, police said, adding that they cannot determine if the incidents are related.
Woman may have phone thief’s number
A resident left her cell phone service in place for two days after her phone was taken from her shopping cart about 10 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wal-Mart, 7555 Telegraph Road.
When the woman dialed her number, a man answered and said he had taken the phone and wouldn’t give it back. The woman then called her cell phone service company and obtained a list of numbers the man had dialed with her phone.
She called one that appeared several times, and the woman who answered said she knew the man who took the phone and would work with police. The woman refused to tell the owner who the man was, however.
Church deflated over missing structure
An inflatable play structure was taken overnight Sept. 18 from the front lawn of Security Baptist Church, 8813 Beech Daly.
A church member cut the lawn the night before and deflated the structure, which had been rented from Olson Party Rental, 20671 Ecorse Road. He then removed the blower and placed it inside the church.
When the pastor arrived at 11 a.m. Sept. 18, the structure was missing. At first, he told police, he believed Olson employees may have retrieved it, but they told him they hadn’t.
A neighbor who lives south of the church said his dog began barking about 4 a.m., but that he didn’t think anything of it at the time.
Lost luggage reappears, contents don’t
A black roll-on briefcase minus some of the valuables it contained arrived Sept. 20 at the house of a resident of the 2800 block of Concord.
The man said he boarded a plane in Chicago about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 bound for Charleston, W.V. When his bag did not arrive there, he contacted United Airlines and was told the bag went to Charleston, S.C.
He said his bag never made it to West Virginia, and that airline employees told him it would be sent to his house instead.
When it arrived the bag was missing a laptop computer and its power cord, a phone card, a personal check made out to the resident for $1,000, the keys to his personal vehicles and a lock.
Pills, cash, cleaned out from residence
A resident in the 2500 block of Boxford believes employees of a cleaning company he uses have stolen at least three prescription pain pills and $50 cash from his house.
The pills turned up missing Sept. 20 after he returned from a business trip and the cash disappeared last month, police said. He said he became suspicious after finding the cash gone and counted the pills before he left for his trip. He also said the pill bottle, which he had left standing up, had been tipped over.
He told police the manager of the cleaning company agreed to talk to him later about keeping the account and did not address the missing items.