Burglar Has a Drink at Closed Orbit Room, Lightsaber Stolen, Vehicles Burglarized, Stolen, and Multiple Thefts Reported In Bloomington, Indiana Over Past Several Days

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  — June 21, 2023

According to Bloomington Police summaries a series of thefts and burglaries have occurred in Bloomington, Indiana over the past several days. The crimes include package theft, vehicle burglary, and multiple stolen items from homes and vehicles.

Everything from lightsabers to actual handguns was stolen, along with rosary beads, various vehicles, and a motorcycle.

On June 16, 2023, a package was stolen from the porch of a 33-year-old resident in the 100 block of East Miller.

Later that same day, an unlocked vehicle parked at Lake Griffy Dam was burglarized. The culprit gained access to the vehicle and made off with various valuable items, including credit cards, identification, and rosary beads. The thief’s attempt to use the stolen cards at a local business proved unsuccessful, leading to their arrest on charges of theft and attempted fraud.

In a separate incident, a 22-year-old man reported a burglary of his locked residence on the same day. The thief managed to break into the home and stole a range of items, including clothing, computer gear, a television, lightsabers, a scooter, Pokémon cards, and a massage gun.

The following day, a 45-year-old woman was apprehended after stealing food from the Kroger store, affectionately known as Kro-Gucci, located in the 1100 block of South College Mall Road. The woman attempted to flee but was caught by authorities. (Editor’s note: the police didn’t say Kro-Gucci in the report)

Meanwhile, another individual targeted a convertible parked in an undisclosed location. They reached into the open top of the vehicle and made off with backpacks containing a laptop, monitor, clothing, fishing gear, chargers, a ring, and a bottle of medication.

On June 17, a 38-year-old saw the theft of a bicycle in front of the Inkwell Bakery and Café in the 100 block of North College Avenue. An unidentified male suspect cut the lock securing the bicycle and left with the stolen vehicle.

Two days later, a 27-year-old man had his motorcycle stolen from in front of his residence in the 1400 block of West Allen Street. The theft was reported to the authorities.

In a turn of events, a stolen vehicle was recovered on June 18. The car, belonging to a 30-year-old woman, was found in the 1600 block of South Oakdale Drive after a report of suspicious activity in the area.

Unfortunately, the same day saw another vehicle-related incident when a car thief broke into a locked vehicle belonging to the same 30-year-old woman on the same block of South Oakdale Drive. Although the thief failed to steal the car, damage was inflicted upon the steering column during the attempted theft.

Numerous other unlocked vehicles in Bloomington have been entered for attempted vehicle theft, but instead of stealing the car, the thief only damaged the steering column or damage the vehicle. Residents are encouraged to keep their vehicles locked.

Adding to the list of stolen items, a 38-year-old woman reported the theft of her handgun on June 18. The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.

In a separate burglary on the same day, a 46-year-old woman discovered that her locked residence had been broken into, with her handgun and two ammunition magazines stolen.

On June 19 when an unidentified individual broke into the Orbit Room, a local establishment, during its closure hours. The perpetrator gained access, possibly through an unlocked window, and made off with a tablet while also indulging in an alcoholic beverage.

Furthermore, a vehicle belonging to a 62-year-old man was reported stolen from a local collision repair business located in the 800 block of South Auto Mall Road.

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