Skulduggery of the week: Alley Oops
At 11:03 p.m. on Feb. 8, a resident of the 4400 block of Beverly Drive reported two suspicious teenagers running through the alley. Officers traced the commotion to an apartment above a garage at a house where some teens were having an impromptu party while the owner was out of town. A peek inside revealed multiple beer bottles and cigarettes strewn around. Some of the teens still inside were cited for consumption by a minor and released to their parents. When reached by phone, the homeowner said the apartment should have been locked, and although they knew at least one of the kids, none of them had permission to be there.
Between 6 p.m. on March 4 and 1:20 p.m. on March 5, a vandal tossed a wine bottle through a window of a 2002 Jeep Cherokee in the 4500 block of Westside Drive.
At 2:45 a.m., Donald Hines, 41, of Dallas was arrested in the 3700 block of Lemmon Avenue on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
At 2:28 p.m., a shoplifter fled from Kiehl’s at Highland Park Village after putting an item from the sample shelf in her purse. When an officer stopped her, the woman admitted she was in the store, but denied stealing anything and claimed she left because a clerk was rude. Nobody located any stolen merchandise, and store management declined to file charges because nobody was sure what was missing or how much it was worth. So the woman was released.
At 9:01 a.m., someone reported that a thief entered an unlocked blue 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe the previous afternoon in the 6400 block of North Central Expressway and stole a $100 iPad, a $100 Kate Spade necklace, $100 worth of clothing, and a $50 Sylvania DVD player.
Sometime before 8 a.m., a vandal spray-painted a bridge, a rock wall, a grill, and some trashcans in Caruth Park, causing about $1,500 in damage.
Between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m., a burglar broke into a black 2013 BMW sedan in the 6400 block of North Central Expressway and stole a $1,000 Dell laptop computer, a $1,000 leather laptop bag, a $200 Canon camera, a U.S. passport, and some blank checks.
Between 5:45 and 5:50 p.m., a burglar broke into a 2012 Volvo SUV in the 3000 block of Lovers Lane and stole a $500 briefcase, a $200 Kate Spade purse, and a $50 wallet. During the same time frame, a burglar broke into a 2008 Lexus SUV in the same block and stole a $100 Coach purse and a $65 Hobo wallet.
At 9:59 a.m., someone reported the theft of several kitchen appliances from a residential construction site in the 3400 block of Potomac Avenue sometime between Feb. 16 and Feb. 20. Stolen items included a $2,000 range, $1,500 worth of hardwood flooring, an $800 dishwasher, a $700 microwave, and a $240 microwave trim kit.