Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Items Staged for Later Theft

On May 17th at approximately 3:30 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the area of 72nd and Lamar Ave. regarding suspicious activity. The caller reported seeing a man on a red BMX type bike looking inside vehicles that were parked along the roadway. The caller described the man as wearing a gray sweatshirt with black pants and was last seen northbound on Lamar Ave.

Officers checked the area for the subject but did not locate him. As Officers looked around the area, they began to find items that appeared to have been staged to be picked up later. Officers found a tool box sitting in the roadway, and noticed two other tool boxes in the bed of a pickup. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and confirmed that the items had been moved, but nothing was missing.

Officers continued checking the area and noticed several power tools next to a trash bag by the roadway. The home owner was contacted, and he confirmed the tools were his and were inside his garage when he went to bed. There was no sign of forced entry to the garage.

Thank you to the caller who reported the suspicious activity. Alerting police most likely kept these two residents from losing these items. Officers filed a report on an Aggravated Burglary and Theft.

This is a good reminder to keep homes, garages, and vehicles locked. Do not leave items of value in the beds of pickup trucks. Anyone with information regarding the person riding the red BMX bike is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.