Police and crime briefs – April 29, 2020

Man arrested after string of thefts from vehicles

A man was arrested in series of thefts from vehicles after being identified from security footage, according to Bloomington Police Department Capt., Ryan Pedigo.

“On April 19th, officers took multiple case reports of vehicles that had been entered and items stolen from in the 2300 block of S Burberry Ln. One of the victims had video footage from his personal surveillance camera that he was able to provide investigators with images of the suspect entering his vehicle,” said Pedigo.

A 32-year-old man was developed as the suspect, according to Pedigo, and located in an apartment at Crawford Apartments in the 2400 block of S. Henderson St. The man was taken to the Bloomington Police Department and interviewed by detectives before being taken to the Monroe County Jail.

The suspect has been charged with five counts of theft (with a prior conviction), level 6 felonies, and five counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, class B misdemeanors. “Three of the charges stemmed from the S Burberry Ln complaints and the other two were from theft from vehicle reports in the 2000-2100 block of S Rogers St on 4/15 and 4/17,” said Pedigo.

Man requests to be arrested on warrant rather than go back to shelter

An officer working in an off-duty capacity at the Bloomington Transit Center at 301 S. Walnut was approached around 8:23 a.m., April 29th who asked to be arrested on a warrant rather than go back to the Wheeler Mission.

The man stated that he had nowhere else to go, and a check indicated the 50-year-old man had a parole violation warrant, so he was taken to the Monroe County Jail, according Capt. Pedigo.

Man asking for money pulls knife when refused

A man pulled a knife on another man after asking for money at the Bloomington Transit Authority at 301 S. Walnut Street around 8:44 a.m, April 29th, according to BPD Capt., Pedigo.

A 49-year-old man was sitting on a bus waiting for it to depart when he was approached by a 59-year-old man who asked for money, and when the younger man said now, the other man produced a knife. The man who had been approached ran off the bus to a nearby police officer.

Witnesses and video footage confirmed the man’s story, and the other man was arrested for intimidation with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony, according to the police.

Man found at shelter after walking out of treatment facility

A 23-year-old man reported missing, by his mother who has power of attorney, was found at Wheeler Mission after walking out of a treatment facility, according to Pedigo.

The man who is being treated for a substance abuse disorder had been transported from his home in Illinois to Bloomington, April 15th for treatment, and walked out of the treatment facility, April 27. He was located by police officers at Wheeler Mission, and turned over to the custody of his mother, according to the police.

Vehicle fire in 500 block of E. Graham Place

Officers responded around 2:34 p.m., April 29, to a report of a vehicle fire in the 500 block of E. Graham, Pl., and discovered a white 2011 Chevrolet Trailblazer with flames showing from the engine compartment, according to Pedigo.

“The owner of the vehicle stated that it had last been driven around 1:45 p.m. and was unoccupied when it caught fire. A man that had last driven the vehicle noted that he smelled something odd while driving it, but thought it was coming from something else besides the vehicle. Nothing criminal believed to have occurred,” said Pedigo.  

Head on crash on South Walnut

Officer responded to a two-vehicle head-on-crash in the 1900 block of S. Walnut St., around 3:37 p.m., said Pedigo.

“Airbags did deploy. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. State crash report completed. Injuries not believed to be serious,” said Pedigo.

Identity theft

“A man reported that an unknown person had opened a credit card account in his name with Barclays Bank in Delaware. The credit card had a current balance of $1,500. Case is active as victim attempts to get further information from the bank about where the card was used, etc.,” said Pedigo.

All charges are mere allegations unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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