POLICE BEAT 


June 30, 5:47 p.m.: Sometimes it just isn't prudent to come home from work. A 51-year-old victim entered her garage after a long day and heard glass breaking from within her house. She immediately left and called police; officer Bracero was dispatched to the 4000 block of Benedictine Circle to investigate. It appears the suspect(s) used an unknown means to break the dining room window, causing an estimated $100 in damages. Once inside, the perp(s) pilfered "a pink suede square jewelry box and a brown accordion file folder," reports state. The victim told police inside the jewelry box was "an antique ring with emerald and diamond in a gold setting, one ruby and opal in gold setting and one diamond solitaire in gold setting, a gold and black round five year service pen with greenspoon maider on it," reports state.

The victim told police that there were several other items in the box, but she couldn't describe them all at the time of the report, and the file folder contained miscellaneous paperwork. The perp(s) removed a piece of PVP pipe securing the back sliding glass door and exited the scene. Total estimated value of the jewelry: $5,000.

It should be noted: "The victim stated although she did not see the suspects in her house, she believes it to have been her brother … `who` is a drug user and he slept on the porch the night before because she would not allow him inside the house," reports state. Ouch!

 

July 1, midnight.: In this next case, a 51-year-old victim was taking a shortcut home behind an auto parts store with calzone in hand when two masked males approached him, pulled a chrome-plated Smith & Wesson .45 with brown grip and demanded his money. All the victim had in his possession was his calzone.

The victim told police "he fought the suspects off giving one guy ‘a martial arts kick to the face' and by kicking the other in the groin," reports state. This should have taught the perps never to get between a man and his calzone; however, the perps were not schooled or amused. They pushed him to the ground and pistol-whipped him several times in the face. The victim ran to the 5000 block of La Costa Drive, where he called police. Officer Glenn responded, as did the Orlando Fire Department. The victim was transported to the hospital with lacerations to his head and face. The report states, "Nothing was taken," but was unclear on how the calzone fared.

 

July 1, 4:32 a.m.: Forget hurricane-proofing your windows; you're better off bulletproofing them instead. Officers Hanchi and Engelhardt were dispatched to the 700 block of Wessex Place in reference to a shooting. The 40-year-old victim was awakened by his 6-year-old son, who heard a loud noise coming from his bedroom window. The father went to investigate and found "a small caliber bullet near `his son's` bed," reports state. The victim found that the projectile had made a 2- to 3-inch hole in the window and window shade. Estimated damages: $500. There was no injury from the bullet or the broken glass. The victim's dogs never barked and he never saw anyone in his backyard. Weird. He told police that he "does not know who would want to hurt him or his family, but he wishes to press charges," reports state. OPD provided the victim with a "Victim's Rights Booklet" … perhaps he can put that across the hole in his window.

 

July 2, 12:09 p.m.: Officer Malik was dispatched to the 4300 block of Lake Lawne Avenue in reference to an armed robbery the 17-year-old victim said took place at 2 a.m. June 30. The night of the incident, the victim was walking home from the Palm Apartments when he walked by "two unknown black males who were sitting on some steps" located next to the playground in the middle of the complex, reports state.

After he walked by, he saw the suspects get up and follow him. As he neared the front of the complex, suspect No. 1 put a gun to his head and ordered him "to take off his pants." Kinky? Not so much: Suspect No. 1 then jerked his silver necklace from his neck while suspect No. 2 put him in a choke hold and forced him to the ground. According to the report, "`The victim` stated he was in fear for his life, so he pretended to have passed out."

When he got up, his pants — containing his wallet — were missing. Why did he wait two days to report the incident to police? It probably had nothing to do with having to walk home without his pants. "`The victim` stated he decided to make a report because he was told he needed to `to` replace his Social Security card." Total estimated value of the stolen items is $68: $30 for the necklace; $20 for the pants; $15 for the leather wallet; $1 for the Social Security card; $1 for the Florida identification card; and $1 for the school identification card.

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