Compromised key box
On April 17 at 9:02 a.m., employees of a business in the 800 block of Fifth Avenue North called 911 to report that, during the previous week, somebody accessed its lockbox and took the keys.
The burglar entered the building and took about $1,600 worth of items, including a leaf blower, a pressure washer, various janitorial supplies and the DVR and monitor from the security office, so security video could not be accessed.
Employees note that the burglar accessed the lockbox by using the code, so the suspect may have been one of the many contractors who had worked in the building recently.
The entire building will need to be rekeyed.
Police searched the places the burglar went in the building for clues, including fingerprints, but were unsuccessful.
Police responded to a 911 call from a home in the 1600 block of Second Avenue West at 10 p.m. on April 13, in which a burglar had done significant damage to multiple windows.
The homeowner told police that she’d left home at 12:30 p.m. and returned at 5:30 p.m. to find it had been burglarized. The screens to three windows had been broken. The exterior pane of a double-paned window had been broken, and a kitchen window had been broken all the way through.
Cabinets and drawers throughout the house had been rummaged through.
The homeowner told police the following items were stolen during the burglary: two silver candelabras, a set of silver flatware, a vintage silver tea set, two silver platters, three gold rings, one bracelet, one pair of earrings, four watches, a bowl containing about $5 in pennies and one credit card. The homeowner valued the items to be worth about $13,000.
On April 15 at 7:33 p.m., residents of a home in the 2100 block of West Dravus Street called 911 after discovering two bikes had been stolen.
The victim told police that the home is still under construction. He said the two bikes were hanging on mounts in the hallway area.
After returning home from work that afternoon, he noticed both bikes were gone. He told police he believes the construction workers may have left the garage door open so they could freely go in and out while working.
The suspect could have entered through the garage and walked in to steal the bikes.
On April 17 at 12:02 a.m., police responded to a 911 call from the building manager in the 100 block of Mercer Street reporting that a group of men had apparently attempted to break in the previous morning.
She said she’d heard a noise outside the building in the early morning hours of April 16. She reviewed the building’s security camera video and saw three men who looked like they were trying to break into the building around 4:10 a.m. They spent about a minute at the door before leaving the vicinity without entering the building.
On April 16 at 11:08 a.m., police were dispatched to a reported burglary at a building in the 2400 block of Sixth Avenue North.
A 911 caller reported hearing a bang and rustling in her neighbor’s home; the neighbor was away at the time.
When officers arrived they found the metal screen door closed and unlocked and the front door damaged and standing partially open.
A canine unit was called to the scene and checked the home, finding nobody inside.
The victim arrived and checked the home, reporting a small lockbox was taken. It contained blood pressure medication, some paperwork and a checkbook. The victim immediately cancelled the checks.
The witness who called 911 told responding police that her door was kicked in the night before, but the person didn’t enter, so she didn’t call 911.
A third resident reported a similar incident earlier that day. A neighbor heard a bang and then lots of rustling. The witness who called 911 in that incident said that after she’d made the 911 call, her phone rang and the rustling suddenly stopped. She said the burglary probably heard her phone ring and was scared off.
On April 17 at 7:45 a.m., police responded to a burglary that took place at a home that is under construction on 36th Avenue West.
A construction worker had accidentally left a window open, and the burglar entered the home, stealing several tools from inside, including a table saw, a grinder, two pairs of drywall stilts and a drywall pump.
The burglars left two other tools in a back entryway.
Police believe the suspects were startled and left quickly; however, a worker who discovered the burglary said he didn’t see any suspects on scene.