Would-be car thieves busted for pot
Police were called about 4 p.m. Nov. 21 to St. Henry Catholic Church, 1358 Council, on word that two men were pulling on vehicle door handles in the parking lot.
Upon arrival they saw a man inside a Chrysler Town & Country minivan. He then got out, ran north through the lot, jumped a fence and ran through a creek. The van’s ignition had been punched out and a screwdriver was found on the passenger-side floor.
Police searched the lot and found another man who said he was standing lookout and confirmed that his friend had run away. They searched the man in the lot and found a marijuana cigar and 2.5 grams of marijuana in a cigarette pack in his pocket.
Another officer caught up with the man who had run near a doctor’s office on Outer Drive. He, too, was carrying marijuana. He told police he had been sitting in the van to smoke, that he didn’t intend to steal anything and that he found it with its window open.
The other man told police that the two were looking to steal money from cars in the parking lot.
Both were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. A preliminary examination of the evidence against them is set for Dec. 1 in 25th District Court.
Woman picks up food, leaves bag with cash
A woman picking up an order about 10 p.m. Nov. 20 at Panera Bread, 13655 Eureka, left something behind that proved costly.
She took a black drawstring bag into the store and set it down to pick up the food, and then left without taking the bag.
The woman realized about an hour later that she had left her bag, which contained $700 cash, her driver’s license, her Social Security card, a jeweler credit card and papers bearing her bank account and routing numbers.
Restaurant employees said no one reported finding the bag.
Heavy plow lifted
A snowplow left at a business at 16101 Fordline was discovered missing about 1 p.m. Nov. 21.
The owner had left it near the rear of his property on a concrete pad and is unsure exactly when it was taken.
The plow is red with yellow stickers on the back, weighs 500 pounds and is valued at $6,500.
Open-door invitation accepted
A homeowner in the 23000 block of Wick learned a hard lesson last Sunday about leaving his garage door open.
The man said the door to the garage, which is attached to the house, was left open because everyone was home that day.
When he checked the garage about 12:30 p.m., several items were missing, including some saws, a toolbox, tools, a light, a drill case and a 15-gallon air compressor.
Police said the items apparently had been dragged across the grass to the street, and that the thieves drove away west on Wick.
Buggy unchained from tree
A resident in the 22000 block of Golden Ridge woke up to go to work about 6:15 a.m. Monday and found that a dune buggy he was selling had been stolen.
The vehicle was chained to a tree in front of the house and was there the night before when the resident went to bed, police said.
It was described as a two-seater with a blue steel cage. Police said it bears no vehicle identification number because it was assembled from a kit.
Officer stops late Christmas music
Police were called to a residence in the 100 block of Detroit Street about 1:30 a.m. Nov 21 on report of loud music coming from a garage area.
An officer heard Christmas music coming from the garage area of the street and knocked on the house’s front door and rang the bell, but no one answered. The officer then attempted to enter the back yard, but the gate was locked, so he jumped the fence and knocked on the garage door and the back door of the residence, but to no avail.
Dispatchers also tried to call cell phone numbers for the homeowners and got no answer.
The officer then cut the wires leading to speakers outside the garage and left enough room so the wires could be spliced back together.
Detectives were asked to contact the homeowners and possible cite them.
Text about credit card ‘suspicious’
An apartment resident in the 5500 block of West Jefferson notified police Nov. 21 about what he believed was a telephone scam.
He said he received a text message on his cell phone saying his credit card had been deactivated and that he had to call (734) 437-0145 to reactivate it. He thought the message was suspicious, contacted his credit union and was told the card and his account were “just fine.”