Police beat

Dog credited with preventing robbery

Monday April 1, 2013 9:43 PM

An East Kelso Road woman's dog may have kept anything from being taken during a break-in at 9:30 a.m. March 27.

The woman said she was upstairs in her home when she heard a noise in the kitchen area downstairs. At the same time, she said, her dog ran downstairs and she then heard the back door close.

There was no sign of forced entry, according to the report, although the woman said she was certain the back door had been locked.

Nothing appeared to be missing.

In other Clintonville-area police reports:

* A West Beaumont Avenue residence was broken into at 3:51 a.m. March 31, but the burglars apparently didn't take anything. The resident said her back door sustained $40 in damages.

* A Piedmont Road man reported being the victim of identity theft at 2:31 p.m. March 28. He said someone had used his account March 22 to make transactions at for a children's book and for a $50 cell phone gift card. The total charged to his account was $59.48, he said.

* A Fallis Road home was broken into at 12:01 a.m. March 25. The victim said someone gained access to her house, stole a $700 laptop and $2 brass vase and ran off.

* A West Orchard Lane resident foiled a would-be burglary at a neighbor's home at 6:12 p.m. March 25. The woman said she saw another woman using a screwdriver to get into her neighbor's home through the back door.

When the witness confronted her, the woman ran away and was soon joined by another suspect who ran east with her. The reporting officer noted there were fresh marks on the doorframe of the neighbor's home.

* Two West Weisheimer Road residents reported separately March 26 and March 29 that the tires on their cars had been slashed or the air let out of them days earlier.

A woman said the two right tires on her 2008 Honda CR-V were slashed between 12:01 and 6 a.m. March 25. A neighbor said the passenger side tires of his vehicle had the air let out of them or had been slashed between 7 p.m. March 24 and 8 a.m. the following day.

* A Broad Meadows Boulevard man said his vehicle was broken into between 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. March 23. The passenger side window was smashed, he said, and a $900 DVD player, $379 stereo system and an iPhone valued at $300 were taken.

* A $140 pair of sunglasses, a CD worth $10 and $6.99 in fishing lures were reported stolen from a vehicle on Fairoaks Drive March 29. The victim said the vehicle had been broken into between 12:01 and 6 a.m. March 24.