Inflated Decoration Down Before Christmas

December 29, 2009

One resident’s Christmas celebrations were slashed last week — Well, actually, it was his inflatable Christmas decoration. On Dec. 20 someone fouled the man’s festive front yard with a deliberately placed cut to the puffy Christmas decoration. Police recorded the case of criminal mischief in the 4200 block of Byron Street.

Four cars were burglarized during the week of Dec. 20 to 28.

  • On Dec. 20, someone broke the driver’s door lock of a vehicle in the 3200 block of Georgetown Street and stole items from the car.
  • On Dec. 21, police responded to the 3200 block of Nottingham Street to investigate a vehicle burglary in which a suspect broke the driver’s side door lock and stole the owner’s checkbook.
  • On Dec. 23, a resident reported that someone entered his vehicle overnight and stole items. The crime happened in the 3100 block of Wroxton Road.
  • On Dec. 23, a resident visited the West University Place Police Station to report that sometime earlier in the month, someone stole a pistol from his vehicle.

Two homes were burglarized during the week.

  • On Dec. 22, a resident in the 3300 block of Sunset Boulevard reported that after leaving the garage partly open overnight, a mountain bike was missing from inside.
  • Also on Dec. 22, police responded to the 3000 block of Wroxton Road and found that someone had broken a window and stolen items from the home.

Four residents reported last week they were victims of theft.

  • On Dec. 20, police responded to the 3400 block of Bissonnet Street because a resident reported that someone stole a laptop computer earlier that day.
  • On Christmas Eve, a resident in the 3000 block of Sunset Boulevard called police because he said he heard a loud vehicle take off outside his home, and saw a dark truck driving away. When police arrived they saw that someone had stolen two tires from the resident’s vehicle parked in the driveway.
  • Wheels from another vehicle were also stolen on Christmas Eve. A West U. police officer noticed a vehicle missing wheels in the 6000 block of Wakeforest Street. The officer contacted the vehicle owner to notify the person of the theft.
  • On Dec. 26, a woman reported to police that someone stole her iPod from the bathroom of her home in the 4200 block of Southwestern Street.

Three residents reported they were the victims of fraud.

  • On Dec. 23, a man told police that earlier in the month, someone had used his debit card without permission.
  • On Dec. 23, a resident visited the police station to report that someone made charges on her debit card without permission.
  • On Dec. 26, a resident reported that someone used her identity to get checks in her name and cash them.

Other incidents that happened from Dec. 21 to 28 include:

  • A West U. police officer tailed a suspicious man on Dec. 21 and ended up seeing the suspect throwing objects over a barrier wall. When the officer checked it out, he found three bags of marijuana. He arrested the suspect and charged him with possession of marijuana.
  • A West U. dog owner agreed to have the animal quarantined at a vet after the dog bit someone. The animal bite victim reported that the dog bit her when she was trying to chase it down near Sewanee and Nottingham Streets so she could return the animal to its owner.
  • Two men with extensive criminal histories were arrested around 1:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve after a police officer noticed the car they were driving had a broken headlight. The officer arrested the driver for traffic violations, and arrested the passenger for an outstanding parole violation.
  • Also on Christmas Eve, police responded to a hit-and-run traffic accident in the 2600 block of Tangley Street. One vehicle had been parked on the side of the road, when another vehicle ran into it and then fled the accident scene. Police investigated, but couldn’t find the hit-and-run vehicle.
InstantNewsWestu Staff

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