Brazen car thief           

Police responded at 2:13 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, to First Avenue West and West Crockett Street for a reported car theft. The vehicle owner was tracking the stolen car with GPS and providing 911 dispatch with its location.

When responding officers located the stolen car, the driver plowed his front bumper into the back of a patrol car. The driver took off and police started to chase him, but it became too dangerous, so a sergeant called for a stop to the pursuit. One officer followed at a distance and saw the suspect abandon the car a short while later. Officers were unable to locate the suspect on foot.

The vehicle owner responded to the scene and found his driver’s side window broken. The car keys and a portable jump starter were left on the driver’s seat.

The victim said the keys and jump starter are usually left at his desk at work, so police took him to his workplace to see if it had been burglarized. There were no signs of forced entry to the building, but two cars in the parking lot had their driver’s side windows broken out.

Caught           

Police responded to an attempted burglary at a business in the 3000 block of Third Avenue West at 7:28 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

Building security reported they’d caught a suspect trying to open a door with a screwdriver. A security officer had chased the suspect off the property.

Responding officers looked at the door and saw it was damaged but unopened. A car parked near the building had a broken window. Building security reviewed security video and reported that the suspect had broken the car’s window. They couldn’t confirm if anything had been taken.

Garage burglary          

Police responded to a house in the 2800 block of Fourth Avenue West for a burglary at 1:18 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. The victim reported that someone broke into her garage through a side door between 10:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.

She said she found some grass clippers that are normally stored in a tool shed laying on the ground in front of the compromised door. It seemed that the suspect used these clippers to break open the door. The door jamb was broken away from the door and the door was standing open. The victim checked inside the garage and said it looked like nothing was missing.

Backyard burglar

Police responded to a burglary at a house in the 2100 block of Second Avenue West at 12:08 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

The homeowner reported her garage was broken into sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. She said the suspect broke a window to the detached garage in her backyard. The gate between the back and front yards was found ajar, meaning the suspect probably came around from the front. The victim said she’d looked around the garage and found nothing missing.