Intruder enters home during night
A missing pillow case tipped off residents of the 18000 block of Wick Monday that someone had entered their house during the night.
The mother returned from an overnight shift at about 7:30 a.m. that day and saw that the pillow case on her bed was missing. She roused her sleeping daughter to ask her about the pillow case, but the daughter did not know anything about it. The mother then checked the house and found missing items including a jewelry box, and Mp3 player and video game systems.
A door leading to an interior side porch – attaching the unlocked garage to the house – had been pried open. Pry marks were also visible on the side door jam and molding. The daughter said she heard her bedroom door open and close during the night but was “half asleep” and did not investigate. Police theorize that the suspect fled after seeing the girl sleeping in the room.
Patio furniture disappears
Two sets of steel patio furniture were reported stolen from Olga’s Kitchen, 3423 Fairlane Dr., June 23.
A manager said the furniture sets – each including a table, chairs, and umbrella – was on the patio when the restaurant closed the night before and was missing when it opened the next day. No evidence was found and there are no identifying marks on the furniture.
Cats taken from house
Two kittens and one adult cat were taken at about 8 p.m. June 25 from a house in the 6000 block of Hartwell.
A 12-year-old-girl said that she saw the suspects, described as 18-year-old Arab-American males, drive a light green minivan up to the house and leave with the cats.
Tools, scooter missing from garage
A lawnmower valued at $400, an edger ($200) and a red electric scooter ($300) were taken between 2 a.m. and noon June 26 from a garage in the 6000 block of Stedman.
The victim said the items were in the garage when he went to bed at 2 a.m. and that the garage was unlocked.
Vehicle parts bilked
Tires, rims and lug nuts valued at $2,400 were stolen between 1 a.m and abut 9 a.m. June 27 from a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 27000 block of Crawford.
The victim said she parked the vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to her apartment. The vehicle was found on four cement blocks.
House, belongings damaged by hair products
Two 55” televisions ($2,000), clothes and a swimming pool were damaged between 10 p.m. June 25 and 3 a.m. June 26 in a house in the 4000 block of Raymond.
The victim said her ex-boyfriend, a 29-year-old Southgate man, allegedly kicked in the front door and damaged the televisions with body lotion. Lotion was also thrown all over clothing and throughout her bedroom and a can of soda was spilled on the bed.
Police also noticed a six-inch cut, believed to have been made by a knife, in the pool when the victim noticed it was leaking.
A friend of the victim said that the suspect allegedly called the friend and alluded to the damage.
Appliances, piping snagged
A refrigerator valued at $1,600, an electric stove ($300), a furnace ($2,000) and a central air unit ($2,000) were stolen between 3 p.m. June 2 and 6:30 p.m.
June 23 from a house in the 8000 block of Grayfield.
The victim, who is in the process of moving out of state, came to check on the house when she noticed the lock box on the front door missing. Police later found pry marks on the front door and the knob missing, and damage to the drop ceiling in the basement.
The thieves also made off with copper piping ($300).
Tool thief targets maintenance office
Police are still searching for a suspect, but the loot taken during a burglary at Lincoln Park Senior Tower in the 1300 block of Electric Ave. didn’t travel far.
Police were notified at 7:30 a.m. Monday that more than $1,000 worth of tools was taken from the maintenance office. Responding officers spoke with the supervisor, who said he reported to work after the weekend and found that someone had broken into a rear office door. The suspect – seen on security cameras – stayed inside the office for about 40 minutes and removed a variety of power tools, a camera, a GPS system and $160 in cash.
Captured on video, the suspect was seen prying open the doors, entering the office and piling up the items on the floor. The suspect left with a blue bag over his shoulder and was carrying a power tool case.
Surveillance footage showed the suspect heading towards a nearby apartment building in the 1400 block of Electric Ave. The staff of that building was shown a photo of the suspect, who was known to spend time with a resident in her apartment.
Officers interviewed the apartment resident, who said that the suspect visited her on Sunday afternoon and brought with him the tools and a CD player in hopes of selling them to the woman’s son.
Officers observed the missing tools and case in the apartment, and the resident cooperated while filling out a report. The items were photographed at the station and returned to the building maintenance supervisor.
They took the T-bird away
Lincoln Park Police responded to reports of a stolen 1997 green Ford Thunderbird, valued at $2,300, that was taken Monday from the parking lot of Kroger, 2060 Dix Ave.
The vehicle’s registered owner met police at the store, and said that he locked the car while shopping, had the keys, and did not give anyone permission to drive it away. Police are investigating, and the vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Tools snagged from garage
Tools were reported stolen from a garage in the 19200 block of Stanley Avenue just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Missing were a weed trimmer, a chainsaw, socket sets and spray guns. Officers did not provide values for the missing items.
The resident said he noticed his weed trimmer missing June 26 but did not report it until he noticed the other items missing.
The garage door was locked. Entry may have been gained through a garage window, which was open.
Swing away: Play set stolen from yard
Shortly after midnight June 25, residents in the 13000 block of Argyle told Police that a children’s play set was taken from their yard.
According to a police report, sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a new play set was taken from the sidewalk and lawn along Howard Street. The set includes two swings, a play house and a slide. The play set was valued at approximately $1,300.
The owners will provide further information as the investigation continues.
Machinery gone from garage
A resident in the 16000 block of McCann reported the theft of a snowblower and power washer from his garage.
Police were told that the owner returned from work at about 4:30 p.m. Monday and noticed the driveway gate and garage door were open. Inside, he immediately noticed the missing snowblower.
The homeowner went inside, took a nap and then drove a friend to a doctor’s office before returning home, this time noticing also that a pressure washer was missing. Both items were valued at approximately $460 each.
The owner told police he regretted not phoning sooner, and that he planned to buy a lock for his garage door.
Car thieves swipe classic ride
A 1968 Ford Torino valued at approximately $10,000 was stolen from behind a home in the 16000 block of Fort Street June 25.
The owner of the vehicle told police that the car was parked and locked behind the house, and was taken sometime between noon and 9:30 p.m.
Police entered the vehicle’s information into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Ring missing overnight
A wedding ring was allegedly stolen from an 83-year old woman while she slept June 24.
The woman, a resident of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania, said she wears the ring on a chain around her neck. She said it was on her neck when she went to bed June 24 and when she woke up the next morning, the chain was around her neck but the yellow gold ring, valued at $200, was missing.
Her daughter, who reported the missing ring, said her mother gets blood taken in the middle of the night due to health issues and often sleeps through the process.
Garage theft nets tools
A resident in the 7200 block of Cherokee Ave. notified Taylor Police of the theft of a generator and tools from a garage.
Sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25 and 8 p.m. Sunday, the resident told police her garage door had been kicked in, and a power generator and tool box filled with tools were taken.
Responding officers observed the damaged door, but were unable to find any fingerprints at the scene. The resident did not provide approximate values of the stolen items.
Tires, stereo, CDs stolen from vehicle
A woman living in the 5800 block of Syracuse Ave. told police that her car, a 2004 GMC Envoy, was vandalized and
looted between 11 p.m. June 25 and 8 a.m. June 26.
The woman said the vehicle was parked and locked beside the house behind a gated, locked fence and last seen Saturday night. When she went to leave Sunday morning, she discovered all four tires missing, the front driver’s side window smashed, and her stereo, CDs and a speaker box were missing.
The woman estimated the value of the CDs at about $400, but had no approximate value for the stereo equipment or tires.
Police found no fingerprints or tools at the scene.
Flat-screen lost to burglary
A woman living in the 2900 block of Rosewood Street reported on Monday the theft of a 42-inch flat-screen television.
Sometime between the resident’s departure at about 8:30 a.m. and when she returned at 6:30, it appeared that one or more people tried forcing open the front door. The woman told police that the television, valued at $450, was the only item missing.
Although the woman admitted that she left the front and side doors to the home unlocked, officers observed pry marks near a small hook on the front door.
Officers spoke with neighbors, but nothing suspicious was reportedly seen. The woman told police that she had remodeling work done in recent months, with a lot of workers present. Investigators took photos and were awaiting more information on the television to include serial numbers.
Smash-and-grab nabs car stereo
Police are investigating the theft of a car stereo and damage to a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix parked in the 3300 block of Norwood.
The victim told police that sometime between 1 and 5 a.m. June 25, the Pontiac’s front tire was slashed and the dashboard damaged while someone made off with the stereo.
The victim told police that the car was not locked, and was parked on the street in front of the house. The Kenwood stereo and amplifier were valued at approximately $350.
Several boats docked at marinas along Perry Place and Clifford Street were burglarized within an hour period Monday.
From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m that day, four boat owners reported items stolen from their boats. Items stolen included seven marine batteries, valued at about $100 to $150 each, portable electronic equipment, valued at $700, and binoculars valued at $100.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)