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Northland: Burglar breaks glass door, steals $2,500 in goods

More than $2,500 worth of items were stolen in a burglary on Forest Birch Lane that was reported at 11:59 p.m. July 7.

The victim said the break-in occurred between 1 and 11:30 p.m. Entry was gained by smashing out a sliding glass door, causing $200 in damage, according to the report.

The stolen items included a Spongebob Squarepants piggybank valued at $20, a $500 television set, two gaming systems worth a combined $900, $1,000 worth of jewelry, a $20 wooden jewelry box, a Spider-Main piggybank also worth $20 and $50 in miscellaneous coins.

In other Northland-area police reports:

* A 23-year-old Howey Road man and a 46-year-old homeless woman told officers at 3:30 p.m. July 12 they spit on each other in the 900 block of East Dublin-Granville Road.

A number of people were "taking aggressive stances towards each other and verbally challenging one another" when officers arrived on the scene in response to a call about a fight, according to the report.

The man said the woman spit on him first, but the woman accused the man of spitting on her and throwing her to the ground.

Neither was arrested but a 47-year-old homeless man at the scene was cited for having an open container of alcohol.

* A youth said he was assaulted by two other boys while playing basketball at the Woodward Park Recreation Center, 5147 Karl Road, at 1:45 p.m. July 10. The victim said one boy punched him in the face and he responded by pushing him. At that point, he said, a different boy struck him with a hockey stick.

The victim did not have visible injuries and declined medical attention, according to the reporting officer.

* A Jennie Wren Court North couple said their home was broken into July 12 between 12:45 and 3 p.m. Two television sets valued at $300 each were stolen.

* A 48-year-old Sharbot Drive woman called police at 11:45 a.m. July 10 to say a man she once went to school with has been calling and texting her about wanting to be her husband. She said he even followed her home one day and that in one of the phone calls, he threatened to kill her.

The woman said she did not know the man's last name but that he drove a light-colored SUV.

* A South Hulmac Road woman said her son broke into her apartment at 6 p.m. July 10 and stole eight pairs of shoes valued at $1,600. In a report filed at 9:18 p.m. July 11, the woman said her son was not allowed to be in the apartment and that the shoes had belonged to her dead brother.

* A Parkville Street man told police he had an unpleasant surprise waiting for him when he got out of jail: a demand for $300 from his roommate and that man's son toward rent and an offer to get into a fight. The man filed the report July 8 at 11:30 a.m. The officers were unable to locate the suspect or his son.

* Someone tried to break into the apartment of a Clybourne Road resident at 11:20 a.m. July 7, but ran off when the man yelled at him. Damage to the door was estimated at $100.

* A King Avenue man told police his $1,800 car stereo system and console were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked on Sinclair Road between July 1 and July 7.

* An office on Karl Road was broken into sometime between July 5 and July 7 by someone who tried, but failed, to steal a soft drinks machine. The burglary, reported at 7:05 a.m. July 7, took place after 10:40 a.m. July 5. Damage to a window in a door was estimated at $100.

* A Ironwood Court woman told an officer she was assaulted at her apartment July 7 at 1 a.m.

* A Jennie Wren Court North woman told officers someone she knew came to her apartment at 5:45 p.m. July 8 and stole prescription drugs, specifically Oxycodone pills.

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