Shed burglar targets OakhurstPhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
Someone has been targeting the backyard sheds of homeowners in Decatur’s Oakhurst community, according to Decatur Police.
There were three separate incidents reported over two days, Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said.
Ross said that on Sept. 17 at around 4:15 pm, officers responded to a burglary call from a home in the 900 block of East Lake Drive. The victim said his wife heard a noise in the backyard between 1 am and 4 am the night before, but they didn’t see anything. The two gates that led into the backyard were secured. Police believe the suspect climbed the fence and got into a shed in the backyard by breaking a window. The suspect stole a string trimmer through the window and got cut in the process, based on physical evidence police recovered at the scene.
About an hour later, police responded to a call about a burglary in the 100 block of 2nd Avenue. The victim said she noticed a door to the shed in the backyard was hanging open and she was missing a Kawasaki mountain bike and a red Toro lawnmower. The shed was unlocked, but the victim told police the door was closed the day before at 4 pm. The suspect also stole an unsecured padlock from the door.
At 12:29 am today, Sept. 18, police received another call about a burglary in the 300 block of Adams Street. The victim said the bike was put inside the shed around midnight. The victim heard dogs barking at 12:15 am and went outside to find that the bicycle was missing.