POLICE BEAT 


Sept. 18, 7:26 A.M.: What's hotter than your sister in a tutu? No, not crack. It's copper! Officer Gilbert was dispatched to the 2900 block of North Orange Avenue in reference to a commercial burglary and met with 42- and 22-year-old complainants who represented the two businesses victimized by the theft.

It appears that some time between 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 6:30 a.m. Sept. 18, suspect(s) unknown entered a construction site, removed $7,000 worth of copper wiring and $1,500 worth of copper tubing, and caused $1,000 in damages while ripping out the tubing.

In addition, the complainant representing the company whose wiring was stolen said "it would likely cost $24,000 to reinstall the wiring," reports state. That brings the grand total of this heist to $33,500.

The report also reflects, "Both complainants had given no one permission to remove the wiring/tubing and wish to prosecute on behalf of their respective companies." What if one complainant had given permission and the other did not?


Sept. 18, 8:17 A.M.: Confusion filled the air in the 4600 block of Parkway Commerce Boulevard prior to a commercial burglary. A 52-year-old complainant told Officer Croteau he secured the building for the weekend at around 6 p.m. Sept. 16.

Earlier that day, the custodian tripped the alarm and his code would not deactivate it; thus, the alarm company called the owner's home and received a deactivation code from the owner's daughter. The janitor left the premises at approximately 11:50 a.m. According to the police report, the complainant "believes that the alarm was reactivated."

Apparently not, because when the company opened for business again at 8 a.m. Sept. 18, the complainant found one of his doors smashed.

"The unknown suspect(s) threw a flower pot at the bottom glass portion of the door and then kicked in the remaining glass to gain entry into the building," reports state.

There are precious few leads, but OPD was able to retrieve "possible fabric/hair evidence on the sharp glass inside the doorframe," reports state. The suspect(s) rummaged through desk drawers in three different offices before finally hitting the score. The report reflects the suspect(s) snagged "a white envelope containing approximately $100 in company funds."

Damage to the door is estimated at $200; the report does not indicate the amount of damage the flower pot incurred.

Sept. 18, 9:04 P.M.: As our next victim got out of his vehicle to visit a friend on the 5400 block of Timberleaf Boulevard, he was accosted by a suspect brandishing a handgun and demanding money. When victim No. 1 told the suspect he did not have any money (imagine that ... in this economy?) the perp then demanded the victim's phone. After complying with the perp's request, the victim thought better of it and begged for it back because "he needed to make several appointments," reports state.

Rather than replying with the expected, "What the fuck does that got to do with me?" the suspect returned the victim's phone and fled the scene. Kind, but odd as a cod.

Officer Tiamson arrived on the scene, got a description of the perp from victim No. 1 and told the victim he'd be back for a statement.

About 30 minutes later, while the officer was conducting an area check, the perp struck again in the same apartment complex. The officer met with 32-year-old victim No. 2 and had difficulty communicating because the victim only spoke Creole. With the assistance of a translator and a neighbor, he described the perp and the situation as similar to the last victim; except this time when the victim relayed he had no money, the suspect demanded entrance to the victim's residence.

Once inside, the suspect found there was no money to be had there either, so like the last victim he demanded victim No. 2's cellular phone. The victim complied and gave up his $100 phone.

Because victim No. 2 only spoke Creole, he was unable to use the same excuse as victim No. 1 and so lost his phone. If only victim No. 2 could have mustered enough English to say, "But I have appointments," he might have been saved.

Be on the lookout for a half-kind male of "average height and build with short hair or bald head wearing all black," with a black handgun and perhaps sporting a gray and black Samsung phone from T-Mobile.

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