Police blotter

Lincoln Park
Coat ruse a prescription for theft

A man walked up to the prescription counter about 7:30 p.m. last Sunday at Walgreens, 1765 Fort St., and threw his coat over another man’s set of car keys.

The first man then picked up his coat and the keys. Police found an address with his name from a prescription he just had filled and went to the house.

The resident there said he had bought the house six months ago and didn’t know the man police were seeking.

Garage emptied of yard items
Yard maintenance items were the target of thieves April 9 in 400 block of Irene.

The owner of the house said that between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m, someone made off with a lawn mower valued at $500, a $300 edger and a $400 snowblower.

He told police he was unsure if he had left his garage door open or not; there were no signs of forced entry.

Rear windows smashed

Several windows were found broken about 8:30 a.m. April 10 at McLaughlin’s of Southgate Home Furnishing Designs, 14405 Dix.

The windows, which faced the alley at the east side of the building, will cost about $500 to repair.

Scaffolding shows up at recycler

The owner of Conte Construction, 25358 Brest, reported April 9 that he discovered several pieces of scaffolding missing from his property the day before.

He checked with Hi-Way Auto Equipment, 23800 Pennsylvania, which recycles automotive metal, and found some of the scaffolding there. A manager for the recycler checked further and found about 10 pieces of Conte scaffolding.

A surveillance video showed that a man driving a gold 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck dropped the pieces off. The truck matched a police description of an earlier larceny complaint.

Ferret’s dirty cage stolen
An employee at Earthworks, 20330 Superior, said a large ferret cage had been put outside the rear of the building for cleaning April 7, and that when she returned to work at noon April 8 it was gone.

Midnight tokers busted

Just before midnight April 10, police spotted three teenage boys inside a vehicle in the parking lot of Trenton High School, 2601 Charlton Road.

As officers pulled in, the vehicle’s headlights came on and it pulled out of the lot. Police followed it as it turned from Norwood to Northfield, then left onto Trenton Drive before trying to park on the street.

Officers smelled burned marijuana as they approached the vehicle and asked the occupants to exit. The driver, a 16-year-old resident, admitted to possessing a 0.5-gram marijuana cigarette, a pipe, rolling papers and eye drops. His father came out of his house one address north of the traffic stop and was advised to come to the police station.

Two 17-year-old residents who were with the driver admitted to smoking marijuana and were taken to their parents’ houses. The driver was later turned over to his father without bond.

Resident’s account goes shopping
The bank account of a resident in the 7200 block of Steeplechase recently was used to make fraudulent a purchase, his daughter told police April 7.

She said that the day before, he had received a bank statement saying a purchase had been made at a young people’s clothing store for $160.

A clerk at the store confirmed that the purchase of four men’s belts and two backpacks was made by a man with a different name using the resident’s debit card account number.