Landlord starts fight using spackle knife

Aggravated Assault
Quail Street, 800 block, January 2, 3:25 p.m. A man told police he and two other people had gotten into an argument with their landlord over an illegal eviction. The argument turned physical, and the landlord pushed one person and made threatening gestures with a spackle knife. The landlord was arrested.

Loneys Lane, 500 block, January 1, 9:25 p.m. A man told police he had been shot in the head. Investigation revealed the man had been out walking when someone unknown to him shot him with a pellet gun.

Eastern Avenue, 2200 block, January 1, 1:10 a.m. Police responded to the report of a fight and talked to an intoxicated man who told them he was outside smoking when two men started a fight with him. One assailant was arrested.

S. Broadway, 500 block, January 1, 7:33 a.m. Police were called to a local emergency room in response to the report of a teenager who had been attacked and who had sustained multiple fractures to his face. Doctors told officers the man was intoxicated, but had stated, “I was beaten up by a couple of guys.” Security cameras in the area of the assault (S. Broadway and Fleet Street) captured the image of the incident, which took place in the median. According to family members who were in the E.R., the man had been at a party where many individuals were drinking, but had left the party alone.

Robbery
E. Baltimore and Spring streets, December 29, 5:09 p.m. A man told police he had been jumped by two men while locking up at work. They were unable to get into his pockets and grabbed his keys, located on a Royal Caribbean key chain, and fled.

S. East Avenue, 300 block, December 28, 1 a.m. A man told police he was unlocking his front door when two men came up behind him, hit him with a silver handgun and said, “Give me what you got.” They robbed him of his pea-coat, phone, keys and wallet, and fled.

E. Baltimore Street, 3300 block, December 27, 4:20 p.m. A man told police he was out riding his scooter when someone grabbed him, knocked him off, robbed him of his phone, backpack and the scooter, and fled.

Fleet Street and Broadway, December 26, 5:10 p.m. A man told police he had stopped at the ATM and had to change a tire on his truck. While doing so, he was approached by two men who robbed him of his wallet, phone and $2,000 cash.

N. Potomac Street, 600 block, December 25, 4:22 p.m. Police responded to a disturbance and learned a man had come to the house to collect $20 he said he was owed. When he received only partial payment, he became violent and attacked one man in the house. He was arrested.

Mt. Pleasant Avenue, 3400 block, December 24, 11:10 p.m. A man told police he was sitting in his car when a man attacked him and took his keys, which had been located on a Big Boys Bail Bonds key ring.

Burglary
E. Baltimore Street, 3200 block, January 2, 8:15 p.m. Someone entered a home through a rear door and took $400 cash.

N. Luzerne Street, unit block, January 1, 10:30 a.m. Someone entered a home through a rear kitchen window and took a TV.

N. Lakewood Avenue, 100 block, January 1, 11 a.m. Someone broke the bathroom window of a house and entered. Nothing appeared to be taken.

N. Clinton Street, 400 block, January 1, 4:09 a.m. Police on routine patrol responded to a report of breaking and entering, and heard noises coming from the back of a vacant house. They found a man on the top awning of a house and ordered him down. He told police it was his cousin’s house but was unable to explain how he could have a cousin living in a vacant house, and why he had to break into the house by kicking at the door and breaking a window. He was arrested.

Tip-offs to prevent break-ins

Police are cautioning residents to avoid becoming victims of burglaries. Keep doors and windows (even balcony doors and second floor windows and above) closed and locked when not at home. Have neighbors pick up mail, or have mail stopped, during vacations. Use timers on lights.

Detectives say that often, residents will leave doors and windows open or unlocked while going to visit a neighbor quickly, while taking the dog for a walk, or while going for a quick run.

Burglars lurk in neighborhoods and wait for opportunities to arise, including residents who let their guard down. A crime takes only a few minutes to occur, but so does prevention. Take a moment to lock doors and windows upon leaving, and to encourage others to do the same.

S. Decker Avenue, unit block, January 1, 6 p.m. Someone entered a home through a second floor bathroom window. Nothing appeared to be taken.

Larceny
Roberts Place, 3600 block, January 2, 7:55 p.m. A woman told police she had been involved in an argument with her boyfriend. The argument turned violent and the man broke her cell phone and her computer. He was arrested.

S. Bond Street, 600 block, January 2, 6:20 a.m. A woman told police someone had cut her chain lock and taken her bicycle from a bike rack.

E. Baltimore Street, 2900 block, January 1, 3:40 p.m. A man left his fishing rod unsecured in his back yard and was horrified to discover someone had taken it.

Neighborhood Watch was compiled by Mary Helen Sprecher.

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