In continuing our synopsis of various crime patterns through the month of February, today we will examine burglaries. Year to date, the City has experienced 132 reported burglaries. For the first two months of 2018, we had 138 reported burglaries. Thus the 2019 burglary figures reflect a 4% decrease from where we were at this time last year.
Specifically, for the month of February 2019 there were 57 reported burglaries. When compared to the month of February 2018 where we had 61 reported burglaries, this reflects a 7% decrease.
Interesting notations with respect to burglaries:
• At least 20 burglaries occurred when a resident was home.
• At least 11 burglaries occurred due to an unlocked door or garage.
• No handguns were reported taken this month.
• One vehicle was taken in the course of a burglary.
Commercial burglaries were a hot trend for the month of February 2019. Out of 57 reported burglaries, 13 were non-residential (22%). This included four cell phone stores, five gas stations, two restaurants/bars, one liquor store and one home goods store.
Breakdown of burglaries by district:
• West 14
• South 4
• Central 8
• North 11
• East 8
• Midtown 12
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 6:00 a.m. on 12/07/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/08/2018, MPD received 537 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 537 calls for service for the past 24 hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (97), East (128), Midtown (75), North (87), South (39), West (68), and Other (43). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other."
1) EAST: Death Investigation – 6:17 am. Family members discovered the subject (82-year-old WM) deceased in his residence. The subject had numerous medical issues. Nothing determined to be suspicious.
2) WEST: Found Person – 10:33 am. Staff at Huegel Elementary School on Prairie Rd reported a student (11-year-old AM) did not arrive to school in the morning. Officers located the student around noon at West Towne Mall.
3) MIDTOWN: Check Property – 10:46 am. A resident in the 1800 block of Axel Dr reported a vehicle parked on the street with one of the doors open and several small holes in the windshield. The registered owner was contacted who said he recently sold the vehicle. Recent mail and court paperwork were found in the vehicle with information possibly leading to the driver and current owner. Investigation continuing.
4) EAST: Threats Complaint – 11:39 am. The suspect (23-year-old AAM) and the victim (28-year-old WF) have a child in common. The suspect missed a scheduled child custody exchange. When the suspect tried to reschedule the exchange and the victim refused, the suspect threatened over text messages to harm the victim. The suspect was located at his residence, charged with unlawful use of computerized communications systems, and taken to jail. Investigation continuing.
5) WEST: Fight Call – 2:57 pm. Officers responded to the 6200 block of Hammersley Rd when a fight broke out between two suspects (32-year-old AAM and 31-year-old AAM) during a child custody exchange where a female subject (30-year-old WF) was picking up her son from school. Both suspects were issued misdemeanor citations for disorderly conduct. Investigation continuing.
6) CENTRAL: Unwanted Person – 4:06 pm. Officers were dispatched to Colectivo Coffee on State St for an intoxicated suspect (50-year-old WM) who had been asked to leave the premises earlier and had returned. Officers made contact with the suspect to inform him he was not welcome at the establishment. As the sergeant on scene walked away from the suspect, the suspect lunged at the sergeant and was arrested for resisting/obstructing and booked into jail. Investigation continuing.
7) EAST: Juvenile Arrest – 4:40 pm. Officers responded to an east side middle school for a victim (13-year-old WF) who reported that the suspect (14-year-old WM) repeatedly engaged in inappropriate sexual activity at her residence in the fall of 2018 when she ended their relationship. The victim was prompted to report the incidents when the suspect threatened her via Instagram and alluded to bringing a firearm to school to shoot her. Officers contacted the suspect who was taken into custody and charged with repeated acts of sexual assault of a child and booked into JRC. Investigation continuing.
8) MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 4:56 pm. A subject (58-year-old WF) who had a history of medical issues had been receiving deliveries to help with her condition. The delivery company requested a welfare check as they had not had heard from the subject for two days. Officers made entry to the residence on Braxton Pl and found the subject deceased. Nothing determined to be suspicious.
9) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 7:27 pm. The suspect (27-year-old AAM) and victim (26-year-old AAF) have children together. The suspect arrived at the victim's east side residence and created a disturbance when he tried to remove furniture he claimed was his from the residence. Officers developed probable cause for domestic disorderly conduct. The suspect is at large. Investigation continuing.
10) WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 8:40 pm. An argument ensued between the suspect (25-year-old AAM) and victim (22-year-old AAF) in which the suspect pushed and punched the victim, causing her to fall and break a door. The victim attempted to defend herself with OC spray but the suspect took it from her and sprayed her in the face. Officers arrested the suspect for domestic disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, battery, obstructing an officer, unlawful use of OC spray and bail jumping. Investigation continuing.
11) CENTRAL: Check Person – 9:15 pm. The sister of a subject (20-year-old WM) called dispatch after receiving several suicidal text messages from the subject. Officers responded to W Washington Ave to make contact with the subject. The subject was voluntarily admitted to a local hospital.
12) WEST: Death Investigation – 10:22 pm. The daughter of the subject (69-year-old WF) requested officers check her mother's welfare. Officers responded to the subject's residence on Kottke Dr and discovered the subject deceased. Death appears to be medical related. Medical examiner responded.
13) EAST: Disturbance – 2:15 am. Officers responded to JoBeck's Bar at 521 Cottage Grove Rd for a report of a physical altercation between a patron (46-year-old AAM) and security personnel on scene. Security contacted the patron as he left the bar with a drink and an altercation ensued. The patron claimed he armed himself with a baton in self defense. A subject (28-year-old WM) working security claimed he tased the patron to defend himself. Video cameras may have captured the incident and officers are in the process of obtaining video. No charges have been substantiated at this time. Investigation continuing.
14) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 2:31 am. Officers responded to the Red Rock Saloon at 322 W Johnson St for a report of a physical disturbance between two suspects (31-year-old AM and 22-year-old WM). Upon investigation officers developed probable cause to arrest the Asian male for substantial battery, a felony, and he was taken to jail. The white male suspect was cited for disorderly conduct and 4th degree sexual assault. Investigation continuing.