This week in Cops Corner ...
9:10 a.m. — first block of Trailmark Court
Grand theft. A Caterpillar skid steer was reported missing from a construction site. The foreman looked all through the neighborhood but couldn’t find it, so he reported it stolen. Caterpillar said it was an older model, so there is no GPS tracking. The construction company will pursue charges against the unknown thief.
11:07 a.m. — 2200 block of Airport Road
Criminal mischief. An amenity center employee reported discovering graffiti — including images of male genitalia — spray painted on a playground and other items. The employee said similar graffiti was found in the past, and he believes it is being done by a resident of the neighborhood. The investigation is ongoing.
Golf cart stolen again
12:59 p.m. — 500 North Nova Road
Grand theft. A golf cart was stolen from a shed — the same golf cart that had been previously stolen and recovered. This time, the thief unscrewed the bracket for the lock that had secured the door. Bolt cutters were collected to be processed for prints, but rainy weather made it impossible to find shoe prints that might match prior burglars' prints.
Punch in the face guard
12:18 a.m. — 600 block of South Nova Road
Criminal mischief. A customer of a convenience store paid for some items with an EBT card. When he was asked to also pay for the alcohol he had with him, the customer claimed he had already paid for it. He became increasingly hostile and punched the face guard partition in front of the register, breaking one of the suspended chains holding the guard in place. He then drove away in a car that had four doughnut wheels on it. The store will pursue charges.
Wait! Don’t tow me!
10:15 a.m. — 200 block of Cardinal Drive
Abandoned vehicle. A car with a West Virginia tag was left on private property for two weeks, so the owner called the police. After a 24-hour notice, the vehicle was deemed to be abandoned, but, as a tow truck was hooking up the vehicle, the owner ran up and said not to tow the vehicle. He said he is staying at a resort and checks on his vehicle every few days. The vehicle was moved by the owner.
Don’t vape on me
10:53 p.m. — first block of West Granada Boulevard
Criminal mischief. Several officers were dispatched to break up a bar fight between two men. It started when one man was irritated by another’s second-hand vape, so the offended party threw the “vape device” over a handrail to a concrete floor below. The “vape device,” a $150 value, was a total loss. The device thrower was handcuffed, but the victim said he wouldn’t press charges if the device was paid for.