Wilmington police reports: Thefts from cars, stores

Unlocked vehicles remain a prime target

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:

• Police responded to the apartments on Graham Drive on the report of property damage at 8:35 a.m. on Oct. 1. Police made contact with a 20-year-old female resident who said someone damaged the driver side door of her vehicle. The victim advised it looked like someone rummaged through it, but nothing was taken.

• At 4:12 p.m. on Oct. 1, police received a report of a juvenile allegedly stealing money at the public library on North South Street. The incident was caught on surveillance footage. Police have contacted Hillsboro Police in relation to this incident.

• Police arrested a 20-year-old male and a 25-year-old female for alleged theft after responding to a shoplifting report at a store on Progress Way at 4:29 p.m. on Oct. 1. According to the report, men’s shoes, two silver rings, a men’s gold watch, two sticks of deodorant, and a pair of ladies shoes were stolen.

• At 5:47 p.m. on Oct. 1, police received a report of a backpack stolen at Clinton Memorial Hospital. Items in the backpack include a Toshiba Satellite laptop, a Samsung Galaxy S3, LG Luna 3, $387 in cash, a Trail camera, assorted jewelry, and Beats ear buds in its case.

• At 7:34 a.m. on Oct. 2, a 30-year-old female reported someone stole several items from her vehicle at the 900 block of Xenia Avenue. Items stolen include the victim’s wallet, credit/debit cards, her driver’s license, checkbook, social security, and her daughter’s backpack.

• At 1:29 p.m. on Oct. 2, police received a report of a tuition mailbox and the tuitions in it were stolen from a church/preschool on West Locust Street.

• At 2:57 p.m. on Oct. 2, a 20-year-old male reported multiple items were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked at the 400 block of Graham Drive. Items stolen included four fishing poles, a tackle box, a pocket knife, a CD, loose change, and camo overalls.

• At 1:38 a.m. on Oct. 1, police responded to a gas station on East Main Street on a report of a shoplifting. According to the report, a male subject had stolen a Mountain Dew and a Reese’s.

• Police received a report of possible child abuse at a residence on South Mulberry Street. A 23-year-old female is listed as a suspect.

• At 9:37 a.m. on Oct. 3, a 46-year-old female reported someone stole her work apron with $10 in it from her vehicle at the 500 block of West Locust Street.

• At 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 3, a 24-year-old male reported his bicycle was stolen from his residence at the 100 block of High Street.

• At 11:41 p.m. on Oct. 3, police responded to the store on East Main Street on the report of two subjects who walked out without paying for milkshakes. The suspects were described as a female, approximately 5’ 6” with black hair and a pink bun, wearing a purple shirt and a black choker, and a male, approximately 5’ 6” with a short buzzcut dyed neon pink and wearing a white tank top. They also allegedly took a package of candy, a can of energy drink, a pint of strawberry ice cream, and a pint of chocolate milk.

• At 9:39 a.m. on Oct. 4, a 20-year-old female reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle on Elm Street and took $25 in cash, $35 in gift cards, vehicle registration and insurance card. Another resident, a 21-year-old female reported her student ID, health and insurance card were stolen from her unlocked vehicle. On Oct. 6, police were informed of other thefts at a different apartment on Elm Street. Items stolen included a crossbow and a wallet with a driver license and a credit/debit card.

• At 8:19 a.m. on Oct. 4, police responded to an assault report at the 300 block of East Locust Street. According to the report, a 62-year-old male advised a female subject was upset with him for “stealing her marijuana.” The male stated the female came into his room and hit his TV with a hammer, causing the screen to break. He attempted to take the hammer away from her and he put his left arm around her neck into a choke hold to attempt to get the hammer away from her. “(He) stated that is when (she) bit his arm and that is when he let (her go) and she left.” Officers observed a bite mark on the male’s left arm and a spot bleeding above his left eyebrow. The male stated the female hit him with the hammer during the altercation. He refused treatment from EMS. He refused to give a voluntary written statement.

A 41-year-old female stated that she was in the bathroom when she heard the two arguing over the male taking $40 from the female’s room. When she came out of the bathroom, the 41-year-old female stated she observed the two in a physical altercation and she got between them to separate them. She stated she did not observe a mark on the male’s face during the altercation. She stated she only observed the mark on the male’s face after he returned from his mother’s residence.

Officers then spoke to the other female who stated she came home from the store and she noticed her dad (the 62-year-old male) stole the money she had been saving in her room. When she asked him about the money, he began to yell and that is when it got physical. She stated she threw a ruler at the man to get him away from her that is when he grabbed her a pushed her against the wall. She stated the more she fought back, the more he would get upset that is when she threw a hammer and it hit the TV causing it to break. She stated that is when he became very upset and hit her multiple times that is when she hit him in the face and she believes her watch or ring is what caused the mark on his face. She stated that is when the man got even more physical and attempted to push her down the steps. The two females packed a few bags and left to go to another location. The officers advised the report would be sent to both Municipal and Juvenile Courts.

• Police arrested two 18-year-olds after responding to a domestic incident at the 300 block of South Walnut Street at 8:50 p.m. on Oct. 4. An 18-year-old male was charged with alleged domestic violence, and the 18-year-old female was charged with alleged assault. A 37-year-old female is listed as a suspect.

Unlocked vehicles remain a prime target

By John Hamilton


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