Police blotter

Lincoln Park
Woman takes money from man in wheelchair

A wheelchair-bound resident of an apartment building at 1270 Electric was robbed twice within four days last week.

He told police a black woman in her late 30s came to the building’s front door at 2 a.m. Jan. 8 and rang the buzzer to his apartment to let her inside. She told him she was there to visit her aunt, but asked if she could use his telephone.

The man said she then asked for a drink of water, and that when he went to get it, she grabbed some cash from an entertainment center and left.

The woman returned just after 1 p.m. Monday, he said, and got into the building because the front door to the building had been left open. He said she again said she was there to visit her aunt before entering his apartment uninvited, where she took more cash, along with his wallet. She then reached for pair of scissors on a bookshelf and used them to cut the cord to his telephone and left, police said. The man then called them on his cell phone.

The woman was said to be wearing a black leather coat, jeans and brown gloves.

Phantom resident leads to damage
A resident of the 900 block of New York reported being harassed last week because of someone who does not live at his house.

He told police that about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8, a Hispanic man in his late 70s or early 80s pulled up in front of the house and demanded the return of his MP3 player from a man named Joe, whom he said he had dropped off there earlier that day. When told by the resident that no one by that name lives there, the driver became irate and threatened to burn down the resident’s fence and kill his dog. The man then sped off in a gold or brown Ford Taurus.

Between the time of that incident Monday afternoon, the resident told police, his garage door had been damaged by a vehicle to the tune of about $500, and that a rock had been thrown through the window of his son’s van.

Bride’s purse snatched

A woman’s wedding celebration was spoiled Jan. 9 by the theft of her $300 Coach purse at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 16703 Fort St.

She told police she had placed the purse beneath the head table about 8 p.m., and that when she went to retrieve it about 11 p.m., it was gone.

The purse contained her driver’s license, her cosmetology license, a $180 digital camera and some miscellaneous papers.

Saws no longer seen
On Jan. 9 the owner of Pro Fence and Deck Construction Co., 13397 Pearl, reported the theft of a number of power tools from a work trailer parked at the northwest corner of his property.

The lock had broken on the trailer, which contained, among other things, two cordless drills valued collectively at $350, a cordless reciprocating saw ($225), a circular saw ($150), a post hole digger ($2,500) and a hammer drill ($225).

The owner said he last saw the trailer intact three weeks prior to discovering the break-in. He promised to provide police a further list of additional items that may be missing.

Break-in nets furnace
A house in the 6300 block of Hazel was found broken into just after 3 p.m. Jan. 7.

A woman who watches the house for the owner, who lives in another state, said she checks it daily and that it was intact as of 8 a.m. that day.

She later found the side door kicked in and the furnace missing.

Truck’s oil supply cut
The hood was found opened about noon Monday on a semitractor parked at Hazen Transport, 27050 Wick.

A saw had been used to cut the oil fill tube.

Equipment theft less than artful

A patient’s home decorating plans were derailed Jan. 8 at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, 5450 Fort St.

A hospital employee said when she took the local resident from his room to be X-rayed, she noticed bulges in his front pockets. When she asked him to empty his pockets so she could take the X-rays, he denied having anything.

She and another nurse then took the patient to another room, where they patted him down and found two oxygen flow meters collectively valued at $600, an ophthalmoscope ($500) and an otoscope head ($500).

The patient told the employee and police that he is an artist and wanted to display the items on the walls of his home.

Officers waited until hospital officials discharged the man before arresting him

Birthday celebrant’s food, bullets missing
A resident of the 2300 block of Superior returned from a birthday celebration last week to find that his leftovers had been eaten and five bullets taken from the magazine of his gun.

There were no signs of forced entry or footprints in the snow near the residence. The man said he was gone between 9:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 1 a.m. Jan. 8.

The man, whose roommate denied any involvement, said he was “pretty sure” there are no missing keys, and that he didn’t know anyone who would have pulled a practical joke on him.

Police advised him to change his locks.