Neighborhood Watch: South

Robbery
1200 block W. Lombard St., Thursday, May 12, 2 p.m.: A man walked into a corner store, produced a knife and told the clerk to move away from the register. The suspect stole cash, two cartons of Newport cigarettes and three boxes of taffy and fled. No one was injured.

700 block Washington Blvd., Friday, May 13, 12:26 p.m.: Two men held up a store at gunpoint. They stole cash from the registers, wallet, ID and pocket change from the owner, and also robbed a customer of cash and a cell phone.

1200 block W. Pratt St., Friday, May 13, 11:29 p.m.: Four men robbed a man of his wallet, $300 cash, credit card and Boost phone. The man was hit with a baseball bat.

800 block W. West St., Friday, May 13, 1:30 p.m.: A man received a call from a man who identified himself as a police detective. The suspect said that there was drug dealing going out of the victim’s house and demanded that the victim meet him at the corner of West and Paca streets. When the victim got there the suspect introduced himself as “Detective Chris Johnson” and told the victim he was going to make a “drug buy” at the victim’s house and asked for $15. He told the victim to wait for him, but the suspect never came back.

700 block Battery Ave., Tuesday, May 17, 3:25 p.m.: A teenaged boy was beaten and robbed of his cell phone after school. The suspect is a student at the same high school.

Aggravated assault
2000 block Ashton St., Friday, May 13, 2 p.m.: A woman and her son told police that their uncle threatened them with a steak knife during a family argument. Police asked the suspect if he had a knife and he replied “I didn’t have no knife, I had a baseball bat.” He was arrested and the bat confiscated. Police never found a knife.

Unit block S. Calhoun St., Friday, May 13, 2:20 p.m.: A man entering his apartment was attacked and beaten with a baseball bat. The victim’s wife scared away the suspect by shouting that she was calling the police.

1700 block Wilkens Ave., Friday, May 13, 1 a.m.: A man pointed a gun at a couple during a neighborly dispute. The suspect was arrested, and the gun proved to be a BB gun.

300 block S. Mount St., Monday,May 16, 3:20 p.m.: A man was assaulted and hit over the head with a bottle of hot sauce during an argument with his girlfriend. The girlfriend was arrested.

1000 block Light St., Friday, May 20, 10:58 p.m.: A bar security guard was bitten by a 22-year-old patron who had stolen a purse from the bar.

Burglary
1100 block W. Pratt St., May 5-11: Someone broke into a vacant house but did not steal anything.

Unit block S. Stricker St., Wednesday, May 11, 1 p.m.: Someone broke into a house and stole two 30 by 40 paintings of flowers and a 10-inch bronze statue of a girl from the living room. Means of entry is unknown.

1800 block Wilhelm St., Friday, May 13, 6:05 p.m.: A man was seen breaking into a garage and leaving with a blue-and-white dirt bike. Police later found and arrested a suspect, but the dirt bike was not recovered.

1300 block Hollins St., Friday, May 13, 2:15 p.m.: Someone broke into a house through the back door and stole a 42-inch Vizio TV set, a Citizen gold watch, $50 cash, slippers and four Rocky Patel cigars. Total loss was $1,500.

1700 block Lemmon St., Friday, May 13, 11:30 a.m.: Someone broke into a vacant house and stole a Whirlpool refrigerator. With property damage included, the total loss was $900.

600 block E. Clement St., Sunday, May 15, 11:10 a.m.: A man called police to report that someone broke into a rental property that he owns and stole a jewelry box belonging to the previous tenants, who had been evicted in April. He was not sure if anything else was taken.

1000 block W. Barre St., Monday, May 16, 6 p.m.: Someone broke into a house and stole a $300 flat-screen television.

1500 block McHenry St., Monday, May 16, 1 p.m.: Someone broke into a house and stole two computer printers.

300 block S. Poppleton St., Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: Someone broke into a house and stole a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a Toshiba laptop, several blue glass vases, a gold and amethyst ring, a white gold ring with an opal, white gold ring with a topaz and a white gold ring with a black diamond, total value unknown.

1600 block Covington St., Tuesday, May 17, 10:15 a.m.: A man was working on a house in the basement when he heard voices upstairs saying “grab that, too.” He ran upstairs to find three men running east on Fort Avenue carrying his DeWalt drill and four rolls of copper wire.
1600 block S. Charles St., Friday, May 20, 8:20 a.m.: Someone broke into a garage and stole tools, a saw, table saw, a pump and a rooter tool, together worth $340.

400 block S. Calhoun St., May 21-22: Someone broke into a house and stole a window air conditioner, 42-inch flat-screen TV, PlayStation 3, pink piggy bank containing $280 and car and house keys, together worth $1,060.

1300 block Belt St., May 22-23: Someone broke into a garage and stole a bicycle and power tools, and then got into the house through the connecting door and stole an iPod shuffle, headphones, wristwatch, camera bag and camera equipment, together worth $6,150.

Stolen auto
100 block Scott St., Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.: Someone broke the driver’s door and punched out the ignition of a Chrysler Town and Country van in a vain attempt to steal it.

800 block Barre St., Saturday, May 21, 9:30 p.m.: A man offered his Yamaha motorcycle on Craigslist. He met a prospective buyer named “Antonio” who took the bike for a test drive and never came back.

Neighborhood Watch is a representative, not a comprehensive, account of crimes reported in the Southern District during the past ten days. This week’s Neighborhood Watch was compiled by Jacqueline Watts.

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