Police responded to a wild-animal complaint that required officers to "beat the bushes" for a large black snake.

Officers responded to a caller at 1:39 p.m. May 19, who said she saw a large black snake in front of her residence on Commons Road South. When officers arrived, they didn't see the snake, so they talked to nearby residents, who said they saw a large black snake crawl into the bushes on Commons Road.

Officers looked through and around the bushes but could not locate the snake.

In other police action:

* A woman reported she saw a "large coyote" standing outside her house at 12:35 a.m. May 18 on Hillridge Road.

Police searched the area but could not locate the animal, according to the police report.

* Police arrested a man on Kingsley Drive after a foot chase through the neighborhood at 2:20 a.m. May 19. A caller reported the man was walking up and down Kingsley Drive looking into vehicles. She said he was dressed in black and wearing a black backpack.

Another resident on the street reported a white Honda Civic was egged the same night.

When officers caught the man, he was arrested because a warrant for criminal mischief had been issued for him by the Lancaster Police Department, according to the police report.

* A woman reported a white man and a black juvenile, both wearing dress shirts, knocked on her door at 11:23 a.m. May 19 at her residence on Wind River Drive. The woman told police she did not answer the door, then saw the two individuals try the doors on her locked car. She said they left in an older, tan minivan, according to the police report.

* Police arrested two shoplifters at 5:40 p.m. May 23 in front of a business in the 8000 block of East Broad Street. A caller told police the men ran out of the business with merchandise they did not pay for, so the manager ran after them.

The manager confronted them, so they ditched the merchandise in the parking lot and ran down the block.

Officers caught up with them soon after and arrested both on theft charges.