Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Baldwin City hit with recent rash of break-ins

August 2, 2007

Baldwin City police are investigating a series of break-ins last week, but they have the help of surveillance video that might have captured an image of the thief.

There were three vehicles broken into late July 24 or early July 25. The Baldwin City Municipal Pool was also broken into that night. But, it appears that was separate from the vehicle burglaries, said Police Chief Mike McKenna.

In one of the vehicle burglaries, a credit card was taken. At around 4 a.m. July 25, it was used to purchase a carton of cigarettes at the Kwik Shop.

"There were several break-ins and it's safe to assume that he did them all, but we haven't been able to prove that yet," said McKenna. "The three vehicle break-ins we're looking at it as though these are tied together."

The most expensive of the break-ins occurred in the 300 block of Baker where the person broke a window in the vehicle and stole a purse. Damage to the vehicle was listed at $500 and the purse and its contents -- including the credit card used in the purchase -- were valued at $686.

"That's the case where the card was used at Kwik Shop and we have the picture of him using the credit card to make a purchase and would like to know if anyone can identify the man," said McKenna. "Call us or Douglas County Crimestoppers which will be confidential."

Baldwin police can be reached at 594-3850 and the Crimestoppers number is (785) 843-TIPS.

The other two vehicle burglaries were in the same time frame and were in the 200 and 500 block of Santa Fe Court. In one, a wallet valued at $15 was taken and in the other, a cell phone valued at $100 was missing.

As for the burglary at the pool, it occurred between 11 p.m. July 24 and 11 a.m. July 25.

"Someone broke into the Baldwin City pool," said McKenna. "They entered through the ceiling, an old cat-burglar trick, and got $200 from the cash register."

Nothing else was found to be missing, he said.

An even more expensive theft occurred between 9 a.m. July 24 and 2 p.m. July 27. Someone took an all-terrain vehicle from the 500 block of Fourth Street valued at $3,500.

Another expensive case involved vandalism to two vehicles in the 400 block of Washington Street between 1 a.m. July 21 and 6:30 p.m. July 22. The vehicles were "keyed" and damage was listed at $2,000.

Another theft occurred between 9:30 p.m. July 25 and 5 a.m. July 26 when a computer was taken from a home in the 1100 block of Fremont. It was valued at $500.

There were also a pair of bike thefts reported. On July 20, a 10 year old's bike was taken from the pool that was valued at $125. Between July 23 and July 24, someone took a bike from a yard in the 200 block of Wesley. The 15-year-old owner valued it at $100.

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