Unattended tools go missing
Power and hand tools valued about $1,400 were taken Oct. 10 from outside a church in the 200 block of Porter.
A man hired to cut the grass there left a string trimmer, a blower and an edger next to his truck, which was parked just east of the church, while he went inside just before 8 a.m.
When he came back out a few minutes later, the items were gone.
Jewelry taken from house during wedding
Nearly $10,000 worth of jewelry was taken from a house in the 1000 block of Riverbank Oct. 10 while its elderly owner was at a wedding.
The owner typically doesn’t answer her front door, but made an exception just before 1 p.m. that day because her daughter was visiting and planning to accompany her to the wedding.
Police said a heavyset Hispanic woman in her 30s came into the house and tried to say that her brother’s car had just been scratched in the parking lot at nearby Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. The homeowner and her daughter didn’t believe the woman’s story and told her she had to leave because they were getting ready for a wedding.
They left shortly afterward and returned after 4 p.m., when the daughter looked for her necklace but couldn’t find it and thought she had misplaced it, police said. Some rooms were in disarray, but the women said they believed at the time that some visiting nieces may have been responsible.
The women returned after the reception later that night and found pry marks on two doors of the house and several pieces of Tiffany’s jewelry missing from a back room. The items included a set of diamond earrings valued at $1,500, a diamond necklace ($5,000) and a set of peridot earrings and a necklace ($3,500).
Would-be date turns pickpocket
A man said he was talking about 1 a.m. last Sunday with a woman he had met at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar, 19400 North Line, when she began “grabbing him all over.”
After their encounter, he realized that she had taken a debit card and $100 cash from one of his front pockets, though he couldn’t tell what she was doing at the time.
No one inside the bar knew the woman, who left the scene immediately afterward without being spotted.
Gate closed on power tool theft
Several items were taken between 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 10 from a garage in the 14300 block of Pearl.
A chain link fence had been slid open after being unsecured. Missing items included a lawnmower valued at $600, a generator ($600), a 5-gallon tank ($1,000), a power washer ($400) and a toolbox full of tools ($130).
The fence was slid back into place after the items were taken.
Appliances disappear during remodeling job
Several items were reported stolen Oct. 6 from the garage of a rental property being remodeled in the 20100 block of Bernard.
A worker arrived after 4 p.m. to find the garage’s door had been broken into. Missing were two washers, a dryer, a bench grinder and an air compressor.
Neighbors reported seeing a red panel van backed into the driveway on Sept. 29, but told police he thought the truck belonged to a contractor working at the site.
Seats hauled away from ballpark
A woman saw a truck pulling a trailer loaded with bleachers about 10:45 a.m. Oct. 8 as it left Taylor Northeast Little League Park, 21720 Wick.
She called her husband, a league official, who told her that no one had authorized removal of the three sets of aluminum bleachers, which were valued at $2,000 apiece.
Police checked with local scrapyards to no avail.
The truck was described as a red newer model pickup with short sides and last was seen headed west on Wick.
Man carries gun to AA meeting
Police were called about 6:50 p.m. Oct. 10 to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2441 Nichols, on word that someone had carried a concealed weapon to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting inside the church.
The anonymous caller told police the man had been told not to bring his gun to the meetings, but that he refused to oblige.
When confronted by police, the man admitted to carrying the weapon and produced his concealed weapon permit and driver’s license. Officers emptied his .38 caliber handgun and advised him that he was in violation of the permit for carrying his gun inside a church.
They seized the gun and told the man detectives would be in touch regarding a civil infraction that could result in revocation of his permit.
Ice rink ATM emptied
A total of $1,220 was found missing about 3:30 p.m. Monday from an automated teller machine at Kennedy Recreation Center, 3101 West Road.
Supervisors said the cash must have been taken sometime between Oct. 1 and Monday from the machine, which is in the lobby of the ice rink and still contained $170 in rejected currency.
A power surge sometime around Oct. 1 disabled video surveillance of the area. Supervisors said only Department of Parks and Recreation employees have access to the machine, and that the keys and lock combination are kept in separate locations.