5:32 a.m. — 6400 block Royal Tern Circle. Burglary. An unknown person(s) entered a couple’s garage. The couple awoke to hear the garage door opening. The male homeowner went outside to investigate. He found a male, dressed in black clothing, standing outside. The homeowner confronted the man, who fled westbound on foot. Nothing of value was taken from the home and there were no signs of forced entry.
7:30 a.m. — 400 block of 135th Street E. Criminal Mischief. An unknown person drove through a person’s front yard. It has caused significant damage to the grass. This has happened several times over the last few weeks. Deputies responded to the scene and took photos for evidence.
9:00 a.m. — 10500 block of Hamilton Way. Larceny. An unknown person(s) jumped the fence to the playground of a school and knocked over most of the playground equipment. The person(s) also broke the seats on two tricycles and removed a Tetherball from a pole by cutting the string. The person(s) fled the scene in an unknown direction. Due to recent wet weather, deputies could not process any physical evidence for the incident. A deputy found two display signs near the fence. The deputy went to the store referenced on the display signs. A store employee said a few signs were missing from the business. The employee said he’d check the store’s surveillance system for suspicious activity. Meanwhile, this is the second time in two weekends someone has ransacked the playground.
10:15 a.m. — 7000 block of Chatum Light Run. Theft. A man reported a person took some of his fishing equipment and two golf clubs. The man believes a person who lives with him stole the items. He said this person has a history of stealing his belongings.
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4:40 a.m. — 6300 block of State Road 64 East. Unarmed Robbery. A white male entered a breakfast restaurant. He ordered a cup of coffee, before telling the waitress he had no money to pay for it. The man then left the restaurant and returned minutes later to ask the waitress for change. The waitress reached for her purse, in which she keeps her tips. The man snatched the purse from her hands and took $5. He ran out the front door in an unknown direction. A deputy responded to the scene and watched surveillance video of the incident. The deputy then went across the street and noticed a white male wearing a gray T-shirt and red basketball shorts walking outside a motel. The man had the same facial hair as the suspect in the surveillance video. The deputy arrested the man.
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