Shoplifting duo flee Hastings
A customer flagged down [auth] the police around 10 p.m., Monday, as an officer was driving past Hastings, 1705 N. Main St. The witness saw a man and a woman run from the store with several items and head for the Wool Bowl. The man was described as a thin Hispanic male, wearing black pants and a striped shirt. The woman was described as heavy-set. She was wearing a pink tank top. Employees at Hastings reported that the couple had shoplifted something, but were unsure what was taken.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of West 17th Street, Monday, following the sound of gunfire. A witness stated that at the same time he heard the shots he noted a tan Toyota Camry driven by a middle-aged white male going eastbound. About the same time, he saw a black sports car driving west. The person in the Camry attempted to turn around and chase the black car. The Camry was last seen going south on Missouri Avenue. Officers found two 9 mm shell casings in the street.
Police were called to the 400 block of North Sycamore Ave., Monday, to take a report of assault. The victim stated she was driving north when the driver of a white SUV signalled her to pull over. When she did, a man got out of the SUV with a baseball bat and dragged her from her car. The victim said the man hit her several times with his fists. She told him that she was pregnant and that she was going to call the police. A woman sitting in the SUV shouted for the man to get in the car and the two drove away.
Police were dispatched to the 200 block of East Van Buren, Monday, after an altercation. The victim reported that a man hit him on the back and shoulder with a two-by-six. The officer noted a red area where the victim indicated that he had been hit. A witness said he saw the subject standing over the victim, who was lying on the ground, holding onto a two-by-six.
• Police were called to the 1700 block of North Pontiac Avenue, Monday, when the resident returned home after being gone for two days to discover the window broken, several items moved and the CD player missing.
• Police received a walk-in complaint, Monday, following a vehicle burglary. The victim said that when he went to his car he found his Kahr 380 semi-automatic, with pink slide, and loaded with six rounds gone. The firearm was valued at $650. He reported some prescription medication was also missing.
Anyone having information on these or any other crimes should contact Crime Stoppers, 888-594-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.