Vehicle stolen – Police receive calls about break-insPhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
Decatur Police have been busy the last few days handling calls about vehicle break-ins.
Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross reports that on June 4 at 11:35 pm, police answered a call about an entering auto in the 100 block of Melrose Avenue. The witness told police he was riding his bicycle when he saw a man tampering with vehicles that were parked on the street. When the witness slowed down to ask the man what he was doing, the man said, “You better get out of here before I shoot you.” He did not show a weapon. The witness got out of there. When police arrived, they found two vehicles that had been entered, Ross said. One victim reported a stolen GPS. The suspect was described as a black male, 5’6 to 5’8 tall, wearing dark clothing.
The following morning, June 5, at 8:47 am, police answered a call about an overnight burglary and a stolen vehicle in the 100 block of Park Drive. The victim told police that between 12:45 am and 8 am someone broke into their home, stole the keys hanging on the wall and made off with a 2010 Jeep Patriot parked in the driveway. The suspect got into the home through an unsecured kitchen window, Ross said. There were people in the home but they didn’t realize what had happened until they woke up. A neighbor reported another vehicle break-in. The rear vent window was broken, but no items were stolen, Ross said.
On June 5 at 8:55 am, police answered another call about a break-in in the 200 block of Mimosa Drive. The suspect broke the rear vent window and stole two pairs of work gloves, Ross said.