Police blotter

Lincoln Park
TV, DVD players taken
Electronics items were taken Tuesday from an apartment in the 4100 block of Drouillard.

The resident was out between 7 and 11:55 p.m. and returned to find that a 32-inch television valued at $200 was missing, as were DVD players valued at $60 and $160, respectively.

The lock on the front door was damaged, police said.

Resident doesn’t buy parolee’s fake story
Police were called to the 1000 block of Park just before 10 a.m. Monday on word that man was rooting around inside a beige 2003 Chevrolet Venture.

A resident confronted the man, a 31-year-old city resident, who then got out. He told the resident that a friend who lives in a nearby house had left $20 for him inside the van.

The address he gave belonged to the resident, however, who knew the friend did not live there. The man then took off running north on Ferris.

Responding officers caught up with him as he was running east on Garfield. The man, who recently had been paroled from prison, tried to tell officers the same story about the friend, but could not give a telephone number where the friend could be contacted.

Police then arrested him. The van was undamaged.

Springlike weather brings smashed windows
Police believe last week’s break in harsh winter weather may have resulted in a rash of vehicle vandalism in addition the melting snow.

Between Feb. 27 and Tuesday windows on several vehicles were shattered with pellets or broken with bricks or landscaping blocks. Most of the incidents occurred in the city’s northeast end, bounded roughly by Dix-Toledo, North Line Road and Fort Street.

Included in the rash of damage included the 12700 block of Walnut, the 13400 block of Wesley, the 12500 block of Pearl, the 13300 block of Ward, the 12800 block of Ward, the 12800 block of Spruce, the 15700 block of James and the 16000 block of Richmond. Most of those vehicles sustained damage to their rear windows.

Detective Lt. Edward Sukel said anyone with information on the incidents can call the Detective Bureau at (734) 258-3054.

Locked box can’t keep tools in
Tools inside a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado were the target of thieves Monday in the 15100 block of Richmond.

A $1,000 gas cutter, two drills valued at $400 apiece, a $100 power saw and miscellaneous tools of undetermined value were taken from a lock box in the truck’s bed. The truck was parked in the street in front of a house.

Rings, jewelry taken in heist
A resident returned to the 25600 block of Greenlawn the afternoon of Feb. 23 to find that his house had been broken into and several items were missing.

Police said that between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., thieves somehow gained entry and removed jewelry, a man’s and a woman’s wedding rings and two watches from the bedrooms.

No values for the missing items were given.

Poor sport knocks out scoring screen
Police received a 911 call about 11 p.m. Feb. 26 that a patron at Trenton Lanes, 3360 W. Jefferson, had just punched a computer screen in the bowling area.

A witness who had heard a crash directed officers to a 21-year-old resident, who admitted to punching a $1,500 touch screen used to keep game scores. Police then arrested him.

Woman, daughter dodge speeding Jeep
A resident stopped for a red light in the east lane of northbound Fort Street went through the light in a hurry for her own safety the afternoon of Feb. 24.

She told police she had stopped her car about 3:45 p.m. at the turnaround just before Sibley Road when she looked in her rearview mirror and saw silver Jeep bearing down on her from behind with apparently no intention of stopping.

The woman told her 9-year-old daughter in the back seat to hang on and then “stomped” on the gas to avoid being hit and nearly was rear-ended at the eastbound turn-off to Sibley. She turned around and caught up with the Jeep and its driver at a gas station at Fort and Sibley and recorded the license plate number.

She told the driver to stay in the lot while she called police, but said he laughed at her and said, “Whatever” before getting back into the Jeep and speeding north on Fort.