Wilmington police reports: Thefts, shoplifting and more

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 arrested a 19-year-old male for alleged public indecency/exposure after responding to a call about it on South South Street at 1:39 a.m. on Oct. 29.

• At 11:12 a.m. on Oct. 29, police received a call from the high school on Richardson Place saying they saw someone run from a vehicle after its alarm went off. Upon arrival, items were found missing from the vehicle. Items reported stolen include $15 in cash, clothes, and a knife.

• A court summons was issued to a 21-year-old Blanchester male for alleged marijuana possession after police responded to the 300 block of South Wall Street on a domestic dispute call. According to the report, the dispute started when a 23-year-old Milford female confronted the suspect when she found marijuana in a “tin can with Christmas decorations.”

• At 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, a 46-year-old female reported someone stole her son’s KG K20 cell phone. According to the report, the caller said on Saturday night, someone knocked on their door at the 400 block of Marlena Drive. Her son let the person in and then discovered that his cell phone was missing. The caller tried to call it but no one answered. She said this was after dark, possibly around 9 p.m. All her son could tell her was that it was a white male.

• Police responded to a store on Progress Way at 4:53 p.m. on Oct. 29 in reference to a theft. An employee advised that he had observed a young white female select some ground beef from the cooler and place it in her purse. She then went to a grocery aisle and selected a package of tortillas then walked toward the front doors and passed all points of sale without paying for the items. According to the report, the suspect got into a black Pontiac Grand Prix and left with a younger white male who was driving the vehicle. The vehicle came back to a 75-year-old Lees Creek male. The responding officer requested the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office respond to that address to attempt contact with him to see who was driving his car.

• At 6:33 a.m. on Oct. 30, a 53-year-old male reported the theft of a mattress at his residence at the 1-99 block of Reba Drive.

• At 8:11 a.m. on Oct. 30, a 26-year-old Martinsville female called to report a theft from her vehicle at a store’s parking lot on Rombach Avenue. She advised that her car was parked in the parking lot during her work shift. She advised that at some point someone entered her unlocked car and removed her wallet. Her wallet was a “gizmo” wallet and contained her Wright-Patt gift card, her insurance cards, and several gift cards. She said that there was also roughly $20 in change stolen from her car. Her car had no damage done to it. She said that she checked on parking lot cameras and none show where she was parked.

• At 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 31, police received a report of a vehicle being entered overnight at the 1500 block of Woodside Drive and someone took a 31-year-old’s purse and billfold. The billfold contained her driver’s license, a Wright-Patt debit card, a Wright-Patt checkbook, a Kroger Visa card, and a Lane Bryant credit card. The victim has already made contact with all the financial institutions regarding the theft.

• At 9:36 a.m. on Oct. 31, police received a report of a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox being stolen from the 1100 block of Country Oak Lane. According to the report, with the assistance of OnStar, authorities were able to locate the vehicle off of the bike trail behind Wilmington College. The interior had been set on fire. An investigation is pending.

• At 11:54 a.m. on Oct. 31, a 32-year-old Fayetteville male reported that overnight someone got into his vehicle at a business on Prairie Avenue. The victim advised someone stole his Federal Signal Siren box and two Federal Signal LED strobe lights. The victim told police the business was going to see if they caught the subjects on their surveillance cameras.

• At 1:38 p.m. on Oct. 31, a 73-year-old male reported a bathroom cabinet and a refrigerator were missing from a rental property at the 200 block of West Main Street.

• At 6:01 p.m. on Oct. 31, police responded to the park on North South Street on the report of a possible drug activity. Police made contact with two male subjects. One was cleared and allowed to leave; the other, a 32-year-old male, was found to have a plastic bag of marijuana and a “used marijuana bowl.” The suspect was issued a citation.

• A 21-year-old Greenville male was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and failure to control after police responded to an accident at the 400 block of Linton Drive at 2:59 a.m. on Nov. 1.

• At 7:32 a.m. on Nov. 1, a 39-year-old Grove City male reported that a large magnet he rented from a business on South South Street was removed from his pickup truck while parked at the 500 block of Bernice Street. The victim advised the retail price on the magnet was $279.

• A 40-year-old male from Hitchcock, Texas was arrested for alleged theft after police responded to a call of shoplifting at a store on Progress Way at 5:42 a.m. on Nov. 1.

• At 6:12 p.m. on Nov. 1, police responded to a store on Progress Way on a shoplifting report. The report lists a 17 volt DeWalt drill as the stolen item.

• At 7:54 p.m. on Nov. 1, police received a theft report of a government phone from the 100 block of Doan Street. The 60-year-old male caller said he knows it was a male subject stole it because when he called it a male answered it.

• A 55-year-old male was arrested for alleged marijuana possession, open container of liquor, and having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence at 9:52 p.m. on Nov. 1.

• At 12:08 p.m. on Nov. 2, a 27-year-old male reported his daughter’s spray painted camo Mongoose 20-inch bike was stolen from the 300 block of Baird Place.

• A 26-year-old male was arrested for alleged theft when police responded to a shoplifting report at a store on Progress Way at 4:31 p.m. on Nov. 2.

• At 8:49 a.m. on Nov. 3, police responded to a break-in report at the storage locker on South South Street. Someone had cut a hole in the fence facing the railroad tracks and pried the sheet metal on 2 storage lockers gaining access to a small area of each storage unit. At this time, nothing is being reported missing. It appears they did not get full access to enter the storage unit due to a lot of items stacked in the unit but some items had fallen out. According to the report, two renters — a 71-year-old female and a 57-year-old male — were victims.

• At 9:25 a.m. on Nov. 3, a 41-year-old male reported a compound bow and a backpack were missing from his truck at his residence at the 1100 block of Country Oaks Lane.

• At 12:29 p.m. on Nov. 3, a 21-year-old female reported someone broke into her vehicle and stole multiple items at her residence at the 600 block of Rombach Avenue. Items taken include basketball clothes, black and blue Jordan Gammas shoes, Beats headphone, and an Edison basketball bag.


By John Hamilton


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