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Camera Catches Men in Black during Forest Hills Burglary

A stolen bicycle, natural gas leak and possible stolen items on Craigslist among other Forest Hills police calls this week.

The owner of Net Xperts called police after being notified by Guardian Protection that an alarm had been set off at the Ardmore Boulevard business about 2:18 a.m. Oct. 5.

The owner met Forest Hills police at the building and they walked through to make sure the unit was secure. Officers observed a rear window broken where the suspects entered.

The owner was able to pull up the images from cameras on his computer and show police two individuals dressed all in black, wearing ski masks and gloves, going through his unit at 1:48 a.m. They could be seen exiting the building at 1:49 a.m.

Police asked the owner to take an inventory and report any missing items. An employee stayed as a guard the rest of the night until the broken window could be fixed.

In other police news:

Oct. 11

  • A woman driving an automobile struck a deer about 6:30 a.m. while traveling on Ardmore Boulevard near Filmore Road. Police removed the deer from the road.
  • A resident called police after a vehicle struck a parked car about 7:36 a.m. in the 300 block of Woodside Road. There were no injuries and one car had to be towed from the scene.

Oct. 10

  • A resident of the 500 block of Barclay Avenue reported that a black bicycle was taken from his front porch sometime between 9:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10. The bicycle is described as a black BMX 5-speed with purple paint showing through the front rim. The resident gave police the name of two individuals who might be persons of interest.

Oct. 8

  • Police responded to a report of a suspicious woman knocking on doors along Avenue F about 3:14 p.m., asking if elderly residents need any cleaning assistance. She was described as a black woman wearing black pants with a gold top and carrying a black coat. The woman was gone before officers arrived. 
  • A resident of Pacific Avenue called police to report that a subwoofer car speaker system that he had previously reported stolen might be for sale on Craigslist. The only distinct identifying characteristic was the color of the wiring. The caller said he had arranged to meet the seller in a parking lot on Ardmore Boulevard. A police officer posed as the resident as other officers positioned themselves in close proximity, then surrounded the seller's car as he approached the officer. Police checked the wire color and agreed that it was not the stolen speaker system, so the seller and a male passenger in his car were released.

Oct. 7

  • A woman called police to report a road rage incident that occurred about 10:06 p.m. near the intersection of Ardmore Boulevard and Marion Avenue. She provided officers with two different car registrations, neither of which matched the vehicle of the suspect, who had left the scene.

Oct. 5

  • A resident living near the corner of Ardmore Boulevard and Bevington Road reported the smell of natural gas about 3:13 p.m. Police and fire personnel responded and detected the faint odor of gas coming from the sewer in the 100 block of Bevington. The fire chief notified the gas company.

Oct. 4

  • A resident of the 200 block of Berkley Avenue called police after receiving a threatening recorded phone message from his 16-year-old son, who had run away from his mother's home in another municipality. The resident was concerned that the son might try to break in. Police conducted extra patrols of the area.

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