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Bedtime burglary
A woman was in bed reading in her home on the 5300 block of N. Winthrop, when she saw someone opening her bedroom window around 9 a.m. on Feb. 14. The victim heard a noise in the kitchen and immediately phoned police. She did not get a good look at the person opening her window and could not give police a description. Police said someone entered the home through a kitchen window. The victim reported a back pack, containing an iPod and $20 cash, were missing.
Hollywood battery
Police arrested 23-year-old Eric Starks of the 4800 block of W. Washington after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old man during a skirmish in a parking lot in the 1000 of W. Hollywood. The victim told police that he and his girlfriend arrived at his apartment complex around 3 a.m. on Feb. 16. After parking his car in the private lot which requires a permit, the victim and his girlfriend went up to his apartment. When he looked out his window, he noticed a tow truck towing his car. The victim ran downstairs to show the driver his parking permit, police said. The victim told police that the driver wasn’t interested in hearing his explanation. According to the police report, the driver grabbed a bat from inside the tow truck and struck the victim across the arm. The victim called police and reportedly positively identified the tow truck driver as the man who allegedly struck him. The victim was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital where he was treated and released. Starks, who was charged with battery, has a March 9 court date.
Mugging botched
A 37-year-old man was grabbed on his way home from the supermarket around 10 p.m. Feb. 10. The victim told police he was walking on the 1500 block of W. Bryn Mawr, when a man grabbed his right arm. He ordered the victim to give up his money and cell phone. The victim pushed the man away and ran into the middle of the street, yelling, “Help, I’m being mugged.” The would-be robber ran away and the victim went back to the supermarket to call police. The victim wasn’t injured and nothing was taken.
Strong-armed on Kenmore
Four men in their late teens robbed a 54-year-old man in the 4900 block of N. Kenmore. The victim said he was walking to the corner store around 9 p.m. on Feb. 10, when the teens came up from behind and pushed him against a building. One of them grabbed $15 out of the victim’s coat pocket, and they all fled on foot.
Garage set on fire
Two boys in their early teens were spotted allegedly throwing what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail at a garage in the 4900 block of N. Ashland around 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 10. The victims told police that after throwing the object, the youths fled northbound through the alley. One of the family members said the garage had been torched a few years ago. The victims believe it may be retaliation for a family member who is a former gang member.
Not Aunt Bea’s ‘kerosene cukes’
A 55-year-old woman heard a thud against her back door around 9 p.m. on Feb. 11. When she opened the door, she saw a jar stuffed with a rag sitting on the back porch. The victim took the jar and dropped it off the porch on the lawn below. The next morning, she received a text message exchange between her daughter and a friend who were at school. The friend told the daughter that some boys from school were about to light the jar, which was apparently filled with gasoline, on the back porch. Police found a 16-ounce pickle jar in the back yard that was filled with gasoline. White T-shirt material had been tied around the top with a black shoelace.
Robbed while helping neighbor
A 73-year-old man was working on his car inside his garage on the 4800 block of N. Fairfield with his door open. The victim told police that a man in his late 20s appeared in his garage around noon Feb. 12 and demanded his wallet.When the offender saw that there was no money in the wallet, the victim began yelling for help, drawing the attention of two neighbors. The neighbors yelled at the offender to leave the victim alone. The man grabbed a tool from the garage and swung it at one of the neighbors. He then grabbed the neighbor’s gold necklace and fled in a tan car that was parked in the alley.

Source: News-Star

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