Wilmington police reports: Thefts, domestic incidents

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com

WILMINGTON — The following report is generated from incident reports provided by the Wilmington Police Department. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly found guilty in court. Charges may be dropped or changed in court.

Wilmington police recently processed the following reports:

• At 2:34 p.m. on Sept. 2, a 33-year-old male reported that a child’s bike was taken from his yard at the 600 block of Fife Avenue. He had the theft recorded on video and later posted the photos on social media and was told that the suspect was a 44-year-old male. He located the suspect at the car wash on South South Street. The officer met them there. The suspect reportedly admitted to stealing the bike and said a 38-year-old male told him that it was his but he didn’t want to try to get it due to the large dog tied up nearby. The suspect said he took it and gave it to the other male and that he could get it back from him. The bike was eventually returned.

• At 3:38 p.m. on Sept. 2, a 41-year-old male called and advised that sometime in the last week someone had busted out the window of his truck at the 300 block of South Walnut Street. He advised that nothing inside was taken and it appeared that it was done with a BB or pellet gun. The truck was parked in the rear of his residence off of the street.

• Police arrested a 52-year-old male for alleged domestic violence after responding to a domestic situation at the 1000 block of Southridge Avenue on Sept. 2. When police arrived, an adult female was outside the apartment. She said she and the suspect are married but do not live together. She was at the residence to get her property out of the suspect’s apartment because she was leaving him, and they were arguing. The victim advised while she was putting items into a box, the suspect “kicked her on her right knee.” She said he threw down a bank, breaking it, and the pieces cut her right foot. She further stated she walked into the bathroom and the suspect put his hands around her neck, she pulled away, and went outside and called the police. According to the report, there was a new bruise on the victim’s right knee. The suspect stated they were only arguing. The male was arrested while another officer took a photo of the victim’s bruise.

• At 8:46 p.m. on Sept. 2, police responded to a report of “approximately 10 subjects” breaking into a residence on Grant Street. Caller advised windows were shutting and people had candles lit in the back. Upon arrival, one officer went to the south side of the house and another went to the north side, then the east side of the house. A 35-year-old female looked out a window and police asked her why she was in the house. She told them she was allowed to be there; a 20-year-old male was with her. The male subject then ran northbound behind houses. An officer chasing him told to stop or he would have a warrant. The officers later ended their pursuit. They told the female she needed to leave the house. She eventually left.

• At 4:07 a.m. on Sept. 3, a 36-year-old female advised her 19-year-old daughter contacted her and told that someone had attempted to break into their residence. Police made contact with the daughter who advised someone tampered with their door and it was ajar. The daughter’s 21-year-old boyfriend was outside using a flashlight to flag the officer down. He advised he was in his trailer, and his girlfriend was in the shower when he heard a bang and saw the front door was partly open. He advised he told his girlfriend to get out of the shower and go to the bedroom. He advised he got his pistol and went out the back door to look around. He showed officers a “muddy smudge” on the front door but no real damage. The two stated they did not believe anything was missing or moved.

• At 1:50 p.m. on Sept. 2, an 84-year-old male reported the license plates were stolen from his vehicle at a restaurant on Rombach Avenue.

• At 11:02 a.m. on Sept. 4, a 41-year-old female came to the station to report that this morning while her daughter was waiting at a bus stop that a male approached her and kept trying to give her daughter a $1 bill. She advised that he told her “he wanted her to buy something sweet.” The mother advised that the boy she sits with on the bus advised the suspect lived beside him and his parents advised not to talk to him. Police advised the mother if she got a description of the male and she advised she did not but would try to obtain one from her daughter after school. The incident occurred at the 700 block of West Main Street.


By John Hamilton


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