Police blotter

Lincoln Park
Vandals strike high school bleachers
Boards comprising part of the bleachers at Lincoln Park High School, 1701 Champaign, were found damaged just after 8 a.m. Monday.

Eight 8-inch-by-2-inch boards were vandalized. Replacement cost is about $15 each for a total of $120.

Video games, coins turn up missing
Two video game consoles and a piggy bank full of change turned up missing just after 6 a.m. March 27 from a house in the 1500 block of Liberty.

The resident said he had received a threatening telephone call from his ex-wife the night before and believes she may have had something to do with the items’ disappearance.

One console was valued at $500, the other at $300. The piggy bank contained about $500 in change.

Power tools, bike gone from garage
Several yard tools and a bicycle were taken Tuesday from a garage in the 13000 block of Cherry.

The owner reported about 6 p.m. that a snowblower, a mountain bike, a weed trimer and an edger were missing, and that the garage’s side entry door had been pried open.

The items were valued collectively at $1,200.

Burglars net yard items
Power yard tools were taken March 26 from a garage in the 13000 block of Leroy.

The owner said the garage had been locked and secured, but that he found the side entry door open about 7:45 p.m. and could not relock it.

Missing items included a snowblower valued at $740, a $200 edger, a $185 leaf blower, a $200 leaf blower and a $5 gasoline can.

Swords swiped from kitchen
A resident in the 6000 block of McGuire was gone only for about three hours March 26, but it was long enough for his house to be broken into.

The man said he had stopped by his house about 4 a.m. to turn down the heat and returned about 7 a.m. to find that his back door had been kicked in. Three swords were missing from a display in the kitchen, and two gold necklaces were gone from a bedroom drawer.

All doors and drawers had been opened. The side entry door to the garage also was open, as was a tool box inside. Nothing appeared to be missing from the garage, however.

Hygienic thief thwarted?
Police were called about 9 p.m. March 23 to CVS/pharmacy, 1625 King Road, on word of an attempted retail fraud.

The manager told them a black man with gray facial hair wearing dark clothes had attempted to take some electric toothbrushes, cologne and skin care products using a large gift bag. She said she confronted the man, who said he paid for the items.

The manager then grabbed the bag from him and he ran out of the store and fled on foot south along Fort Street. She said he may have been with another black male who picked him up in a car.

Four toothbrush boxes were found inside the bag. The manager said she was unsure if the items were stolen or if the boxes came from a display. Two of the toothbrushes are valued at $23; the others cost $83 and $160

Show features unwanted performance
A man watching a play last Sunday afternoon at Trenton High School, 2601 Charlton Road, allegedly masturbated next to a woman and her daughter during the performance.

The daughter said the man sat next to her in an open seat on the aisle, and that about five to eight minutes into the show she saw him rubbing his groin area. About 15 minutes later heard him unzip his fly and saw him reach inside his pants while continuing to fondle himself.

At that point she asked her mother to get up and accompany her to the bathroom. The man then got up and moved to the back of the auditorium.

When they got outside the auditorium, the daughter told her mother what was happening. As her mother looked for someone to report the incident, they then saw the man run out of the school north on Nichols Drive.

Police were unable to locate the man during a search of the area. He is described as a white man in his mid-40s with a medium build and salt-and-pepper hair wearing a teal jacket and jeans.