May 26, 11:03 a.m.: Orlando has various ways of welcome tourists and relieving them of heavy wallets and purses. This next case demonstrates a more abrupt method of easing our tourists' cash burden.

Officer Derwin responded to a residential burglary at the Ivanhoe Plaza Hotel (in the 60 block of South Ivanhoe Boulevard). Unknown suspect(s) entered a 53-year-old victim's hotel room between 11:30 p.m. May 25 and 12:30 a.m. May 26. According to the police report, the victims think someone entered their room while their son left the room for an hour while they were sleeping. Neither the parents nor their daughter, who was also sleeping in the room, heard anything. They did notice, however, that they were missing $500 in cash.

There are precious few leads in this case. Even after hotel security personnel exceeded due diligence and "interrogated the lock and determined that there had not been any unauthorized cards used to get into their room." Though the lock wouldn't talk, hotel management reimbursed the victims anyway.


May 26, 11:29 p.m.: Officer Weaver responded to Camden Landings in the 3100 block of Landtree Place in reference to a commercial burglary. The officer spoke with our 49-year-old complainant who stated that he found "the Mac-Gray Web Intelligent Laundry Systems money machine to be damaged." Just an hour before our complainant's discovery, while "making his rounds," he observed that the machine was undamaged.

According to police reports, the wall-mounted contraption in question "is located inside the apartment complex laundry room which is accessed via a usually secured compound and the locked door of the laundry room." The perp(s) negotiated those obstacles and set to drilling the machine's two recessed locks.

According to the report, "The bottom lock was protruding after being drilled, while the top lock was still recessed but also appeared to have been drilled. It is unknown if entry was made into the machine." To make things more eldritch, there were no metal shavings present at the scene.


May 27, 8:26 a.m.: There's nothing better than a dedicated consumer. Officers Henderson and Margaritis responded to a commercial burglary at the Video News store on the 1800 block of South Semoran Boulevard. They met with our 50-year-old customer who called police because when he stopped by the store to drop off his movies he "discovered the front door window smashed and the cash registers open; he then called police." Police contacted the 31-year-old store manager and the 46-year-old store owner; once they arrived on the scene they notified police that "no money or items appeared to be missing at this time." The cash registers were left empty and open to deter would-be robbers. Curious. Lucky for the video store they had a video camera that captured the suspect on videotape.


May 30, 8:17 a.m.: Officer Goodwin responded to a commercial burglary at the Inspirational Touch Beauty Salon on the 1300 block of Bruton Boulevard. It appears sometime between when our 35-year-old complainant left work at 6 p.m. May 27 and 8 a.m. May 30, unknown suspect(s) entered the salon and did some burglarizing. Goodwin scrutinized the scene and determined there were no signs of forced entry at any of the doors or windows. According to the report, he found "the back door, on the east side of the building, was damaged with the gate ripped off the hinges and on the southeast side of the building, the wall had been severely damaged, giving access to the water heater, which was destroyed." Estimated damage to building: $6,200.

Once the suspect(s) was inside, he had his way with the victim's property, making off with $1,500 in tools, a $25 fan, a $120 refrigerator, a $100 television, a $20 garbage can, a $140 compact disc player and $300 worth of CDs. Total estimated cost of items stolen: $2,205.


May 29, 1:08 a.m.: Two male victims were walking home from the Parliament House when they were accosted in front of their house by two black males approximately 15 to 25 years old. Suspect No. 1 presented what appeared to be a "very small pistol"; suspect No. 2 had a hammer. Suspect No. 2 bashed 32-year-old victim No. 1 in the head with the hammer and then proceeded to root around — in concert with suspect No. 1 — in the victim's pockets.

Oddly enough, according to officer Bigelow's report, during this process the suspects "never demanded anything." Perp No. 2 grabbed victim No. 1's $250 cellular phone, but before he could make off with the booty, the victim smashed a picture frame he was carrying across the perp's head. Then both suspects fled the scene, running west down Orange Blossom Trail. The victims retained their property, but victim No. 1 was bleeding from the hammer strike to the back of his head, and 25-year-old victim No. 2 sustained a laceration on his nose.

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