Copper scrounged from empty houses
Three vacant houses were the targets of copper scavengers last week.
One was in the 900 block of New York, where a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development representative found 30 feet of copper plumbing missing on Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday afternoon the same representative also found $500 worth of copper plumbing taken from a house in the 1500 block of Cleophus, where a door frame sustained $100 worth of damage. Also on Tuesday, the HUD official found $500 worth of copper plumbing missing from a house in the 900 block of Mill, where he saw the plumbing intact the day before.
Lock, boat motor disappear
An outboard boat motor valued at $1,500 turned up missing about 6:30 p.m. April 17 from a house in the 13200 block of Sycamore.
The motor last was seen intact about 10:30 a.m. April 16. The owner said it was removable only by cutting a lock, but that no pieces of the lock were found nearby.
Fishing gear, motor taken from boat
Fishing will be more difficult in the short term for a resident in the 13100 block of Cherry.
A boat motor valued at $5,000, four reels ($400) and four fishing poles ($300) were found to be removed about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from a boat that was parked in the resident’s driveway.
The owner said he heard vehicle engine running about 4:30 a.m. that day but didn’t get up to see what it was. Wires had been cut linking the boat to the motor, and a trail of oil led west across the driveway before ending at the grass line.
A utility trailer was taken sometime between 7:30 p.m. April 17 and 3:30 p.m. last Sunday from a yard in the 13500 block of Mortenview.
Finders, propeller lifted
Several items were reported stolen last week from a 17-foot bass boat parked in the driveway of a house in the 14600 block of Oldham.
The owner said that sometime between April 9 and April 12, a trolling motor, two fish finders and propeller were taken. The items are valued collectively at $1,500.
Blocks replace SUV tires, wheels
Tires and wheels were removed last week from a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 25500 block of Brest.
The owner said he parked the sport utility vehicle in the street at 3 p.m. April 15 and returned at 8:30 a.m. April 16 to find it up on cinder blocks with the items missing.
They are valued collectively at $800.
Diamond rings gone from bedroom
A resident in the 400 block of Cherry discovered Monday that some jewelry items were missing from her bedroom.
She said that a couple who are pastors of her church had been staying with her nine months ago, which was the last time she saw the items. She believes that the son of a guest they invited to her house may have taken the items and told police that the son may have taken her debit card out of her purse and used it to buy cigarettes at a local gas station.
Missing items included a gold diamond ring from the 1930s of unknown value, along with two other diamond rings, one valued at $200 and one at $1,300. A gold necklace with an opal pendant valued $1,200 also was missing.
Thieves beat IRS to money
A resident of the 200 block of Washington said that sometime overnight April 15, a wallet containing $900 was taken from the kitchen table of his house.
He told police he had been planning to use the money to pay his income taxes, and that he might have left his back door open. The resident said he woke up at 4:30 a.m. and saw his kitchen light on, got up to turn it off and went back to bed.
Drunken man arrested after fake 911 call
Police were called to an apartment in the 400 block of Harrison about 5:15 p.m. April 13 after receiving a 911 call that shots had been fired.
When officers arrived they knocked at the caller’s door and got no response. They asked the dispatcher to call him back and heard the telephone ring, but he did not answer. Other residents met the officers and said there had been no gunshots or problems that day.
Minutes after officers cleared the scene, the caller again called police saying shots had been fired. Officers returned and interviewed a witness who lived above the man. She said she had been in her apartment all day and had heard no shots.
They again tried knocking at the man’s door, but he did not answer. Eventually they found a side door unlocked and got inside.
They concluded that the caller, who was they said was highly intoxicated, had made up the scenario to justify a faster response. Police then arrested him for making false statements over the 911 system.