This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague.
Cast the stone
A couple living in the 200 block of West Mercer Street called 911 on April 1 after somebody threw a rock through their bedroom window around 11:30 p.m. and hit the woman while she was feeding their baby.
The rock was slightly larger than a softball and left a hole in the window that was about a foot wide.
The baby wasn’t hit by the rock or any of the broken glass.
The woman said she was sitting on the bed with her back to the window when the rock hit her in the back. She turned around and saw a man on the sidewalk about 6 feet away from the window. The man then turned and ran away on Mercer and then northbound on First Avenue West.
The woman said she didn’t recognize the man who threw the rock.
At 8:37 a.m. on March 21, a man in the 3200 block of 14th Avenue West called 911 to report that six of his handguns were taken from his home sometime in the previous three days. He said there was no forced entry into his home.
Police spoke with the man who had just discovered the handguns missing around 8 a.m. that morning.
He said he had moved some clothing from a laundry basket in his bedroom and discovered his air-gun pistol underneath the clothes.
He thought this was strange so he immediately checked the cabinet where the air gun is usually kept, along with six other handguns.
None of his guns were in the cabinet. All of the documentation for the firearms was gone, too.
The key to the safe inside the cabinet, where the guns are kept, was inside the safe’s lock.
The handguns all have homemade trigger locks on them, and the victim still has the only key to those locks.
The victim suspects that someone may have used his hidden spare key. He said the only two people who know about the spare key are his landlord and the building’s maintenance employee. The key was still in its hiding place when the victim and police checked for it.
The victim also leaves his bedroom window open for his cats. Someone could have climbed through the window, but police thought that was unlikely since there is a large drop-off under the window and there were no footprints or other evidence of that.
On March 24 at 9:30 a.m., a building manager in the 3700 block of 26th Place West reported to police that somebody had pried open the building’s rear door and then pried open several mailboxes.
The manager said the same damage occurred at another building he manages, in the 3700 block of 27th Place West.
The burglaries happened sometime between midnight and 2 p.m.