This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague.
Police responded to a business in the 3800 block of 13th Avenue West after the business owners called to report there was damage to the door as if somebody had tried to break in.
The victims said that, sometime after business hours on Aug. 18th and before they arrived at 8:45 a.m. the following day, somebody damaged the doorframe at the top of the door.
The would-be burglar may have believed they could remove the door or dismantle the frame to enter the business.
The business owners said the burglar wasn’t able to get into the building and the door was still intact.
Police responded to a reported burglary at a Magnolia home at 11:36 a.m. on Aug. 19.
They spoke with the homeowner, a contractor who recently bought it. The contractor said this is the third in a string of recent burglaries since he owned the house.
He said somebody broke in overnight by forcefully kicking the wood door in.
The house is full of antiques. The contractor and a representative of the deceased, former homeowner have been sorting through the contents of the house. As a result, items are piled throughout the house.
On Aug. 12 or the 13, someone broke into the home and urinated in a bowl, then threw it over dishes that had been stacked on a kitchen table.
On Aug. 16 or 17, someone stole a chainsaw-carved wooden bear from the garage.
Police believe the burglar will return again, as it is still full of antiques.
Assault on the senses
On Aug. 21, at 12:14 a.m., police responded to a building in the 3400 block of 24th Avenue West after receiving a 911 call from a resident stating his neighbor had just assaulted him with air freshener.
The victim said he was outside on the grass smoking a cigarette. As he was walking back home after smoking, his neighbor sprayed him with air freshener from the balcony above. The victim told the neighbor that what he was doing was assault and that he was calling the cops.
The neighbor replied that it was just air freshener and that it was his way of letting the smoker know that he did not appreciate the smoke coming into his home.
The victim said that this is the second time that this has happened; the first incident was a couple weeks prior.
Police knocked on the neighbor’s door but got no reply.
Police responded to a home in the 1900 block of Second Avenue North at 8:23 p.m. on Aug. 16. The victims said the burglary occurred between noon and 4:30 p.m., while they were out running errands.
They said that when they parked their car back in the garage, they noticed that the door separating the garage from the rest of the house was ajar. At the time, they thought this was odd because they always made sure to shut the door.
They went inside and spent the next few hours in the living room.
Around 8:10 p.m., they went into the bedroom and discovered that someone had rifled through the drawers and cabinets and had strewn their stuff throughout the room.
Police searched the home but were unable to find any signs of forced entry.
After testing the outer garage door, police think it’s possible that the burglar may have been able to lift it high enough to squeeze through.
The victims were not certain what was stolen, but they said the suspect probably took more than $1,000 worth of jewelry.
Police believe the victims may have interrupted the burglary when they arrived home, since only the bedroom had been ransacked.
A couple in the 1900 block of Tenth Avenue West called 911 at 11:05 p.m. on Aug. 17 after arriving home to find an elevator key inside.
The only way to access the home is by a private elevator or the stairwell.
The key was identified as having come out of the fire department box, which had been forcefully opened.
A resident told police he believed they disrupted the burglary when they went up through the stairwell.
Nothing was taken from the home.