This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague. 

Tool heist

Workers at a construction site in the 200 block of Eighth Avenue North reported a burglary to the site that happened between 6 p.m. April 17 and 6:30 a.m. April 18. 

The burglar broke a padlock on the roll-up door to the alley and entered the building under construction. Hand tools and power tools valued at $10,000 were taken from toolboxes inside. 

Stolen bike

On April 18, police responded to a home in the 1200 block of Dexter Avenue North to investigate the theft of a bike. The victim stated he last saw his bike in his building’s garage about a week before. 

The building manager said there are cameras in the garage, but he didn’t want to review the 170 hours of video to see if it captured the bike theft. 

The victim said the bike was worth $1,500.

Brash burglar

On April 19 at 2:08 a.m., a witness called 911 to report a burglary in progress at a restaurant in the 700 block of Ninth Avenue North. The woman reported she heard glass break and saw somebody running away from the shattered door. 

Police arrived on scene and found the restaurant’s front door shattered. 

The witness said she was sitting at the stoplight at Ninth Avenue and Roy Street when she heard glass break. She saw the suspect running away from the door with something in his hands. She last saw him running westbound on Roy Street toward a construction site. She also saw him throw something on the ground.

Officers searched the building and didn’t find any suspects. They did find the restaurant’s cash register on the grass where the witness said the suspect had dropped something. 

No evidence was found in the restaurant, except for the rock inside the door that was used to break the glass door.

Rude awakening

On April 9 at 4:40 a.m., a woman in the 3000 block of 37th Avenue West called 911 when she heard someone walk in her hallway while she was in bed. 

While police were in route, they got a second call from the homeowner stating that her back door and the gate to the backyard were open.

Police arrived about 10 minutes after the first call and immediately saw a large air compressor and pry tool in the street in front of the house. There was a car parked in the carport in front, and both of its front doors were open, with the dome light on. There were items strewn about the garage floor, and it was obvious the car had just been prowled. 

Police spoke with one of the victims, who said his wife was only able to see a shadow and heard someone running through the back door. 

Officers asked the victim if he owned a large air compressor, and he said he did. 

The female victim said she woke up when she heard someone in the hallway. She heard the person rustling through the bathroom medicine cabinet and then saw her bedroom door open. 

She only saw a shadow, but she thinks the burglar must have seen her in bed and fled out of the back door. 

The victim said the key to the back door for the housecleaner was missing, so the burglar must have used that to get in. 

Officers think it’s likely that the burglar was in the process of prowling the family’s vehicle when he found the house key by chance.

Two sets of keys were taken, as were two laptops, an iPhone and an iPad. 

A sound bar under a television was partially removed. Both of the victims’ wallets were found on the floor. Also, a pile of items removed from a kitchen drawer was found next to the back door. 

Several police units checked the neighborhood for possible suspects but were unable to find anybody.

Unlucky burglar

On April 20 at 6:14 a.m., police responded to a call reporting a burglary at a gas station in the 3300 block of West Government Way. The 911 caller is an employee who was sleeping when he heard the burglar alarm go off at 6:05 a.m. 

When the employee looked outside, he saw the burglar running from the front door, heading westbound on Government Way. 

It appeared that the would-be burglar tried to gain entry through an exterior bathroom door, and when that didn’t work, he popped the cylinder lock off of the front door, which likely set off the alarm. 

Stolen iPad

The manager of a building in the 500 block of Roy Street called 911 after an iPad was stolen from the building’s front desk. 

The manager said there is security video of a man entering and taking the iPad at 9:30 p.m. on April 17. The suspect was also seen driving away.