Bismarck police investigate vehicle thefts and vandalism

2011-09-19T16:18:00Z 2011-09-19T22:56:06Z Bismarck police investigate vehicle thefts and vandalismBy JENNY MICHAEL, Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune
September 19, 2011 4:18 pm  • 

Bismarck police have dealt with a tangled web of car thefts, thefts from vehicles and vehicle vandalisms since late last week.

Since Thursday, the police department has investigated eight vehicle vandalism reports with damage estimated at $1,750; 11 reports of thefts from motor vehicles with losses estimated at $2,424; and five reports related to stolen vehicles, Sgt. Mark Buschena said.

Most of the vehicle vandalism reports occurred in northwest Bismarck and involved rocks being used to smash out windows of vehicles parked on streets, Buschena said. Most of the reports occurred late Friday or early Saturday.

The cases of rocks breaking out windows occurred on the 2900 and 3100 blocks of Arizona Drive, the 3800 block of Dominion Street, the 1300 block of Golden Eagle Lane and the 5100 block of Driftwood Lane. In most of the cases, rocks were located inside or next to vehicles.

Two vandalism incidents on Golden Eagle Lane were reported shortly after they apparently occurred. At 2:55 a.m. Saturday, a man on the 1300 block of Golden Eagle Lane reported hearing a male voice say, "I'm going to smash this one," then saw at least four males get into a tan sedan and leave the area. Police found two vehicles with front windshields smashed out, each valued at $250.

An eighth vandalism report from over the weekend appears unrelated to the others. Between 12:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, someone damaged a rear tail light assembly and side mirror on a vehicle on the 1000 block of East Avenue B.

The reports of thefts from motor vehicles mostly involved items stolen from unlocked vehicles, Buschena said. Most of the thefts were in northwest and northeast Bismarck.

Vehicles on the 1100 block of West Capitol Avenue, 2700 block of East Broadway Avenue, 900 block of North 33rd Street, 2005 block of Pacific Place, 4800 block of Mellowsun Drive, 800 block of North 31st Street, 800 block of Midway Drive, 2200 block of North 12th Street, 1200 block of Prospect Place, 1100 block of West Capitol Avenue and 3700 block of Montreal Street were entered from Thursday night to Sunday morning.

Items stolen include a satellite radio, credit cards, coins, a trailer hitch, a camera, a CD player, tools, fishing gear, a video camera, cash and MP3 players.

Police also recovered five stolen vehicles, including one stolen in Mandan, Buschena said. Some of the vehicles were found while officers were investigating the theft from motor vehicle reports.

Someone reported a 2002 Chevy Silverado stolen from the 3600 block of Hackberry Street between 10 p.m. Friday and 7:15 a.m. Saturday. The pickup had been unlocked with the keys inside, Buschena said. He said an officer found the vehicle at 11:04 a.m. on Soccoro Circle.

A 2010 Ford F-150 was stolen from the 2000 block of Pacific Place between 10 p.m. Friday and 7:15 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle was recovered when a resident on Coleman Place spotted it in an empty lot Saturday morning. Inside the pickup, officers found a prescription bottle belonging to a man whose vehicle had been stolen from Mandan and was recovered on nearby Coleman Street.

That vehicle, a 2008 Chrysler four-door, was found in a field. Neighbors reported hearing tires squealing in the area at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, the vehicle was running, the windows were rolled down and the stereo was on. The car had been stolen from the 1200 block of Fifth Avenue Northwest in Mandan.

Someone also stole a Chevy Silverado from the 700 block of Augsburg Avenue between 6 p.m. Friday and 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The owner realized he had left the keys in the unlocked pickup and looked out to see it missing Saturday morning. Officers located the vehicle on Bonn Avenue. A mirror was missing, along with an ashtray, coins and sunglasses.

At 6:40 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a suspicious vehicle report on the 2500 block of Vermont Avenue and found a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville that belonged at a business on that block. The car was not where the owner reported it had been parked. A rear passenger side window was broken, the blinker assembly was damaged, the battery was missing and battery wires had been cut. Damage to the vehicle were estimated at $250.

(Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.)

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  1. JohnQCitizen
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    JohnQCitizen - September 20, 2011 10:31 pm
    I was driving my vehicle home from a festive wedding celebration at the Radisson inn at 1:00 A.M. Sunday morning. I drove 2 blocks south of the Radisson Inn and some people threw or dropped rocks from the top of the railroad overpass going over 7th Street 1 block south of East Main in Bismarck. Five rocks struck my windshield and about a thousand pieces of glass flew from my windshield and throughout my F150 Supercab. Had I not been wearing glasses I would likely have been in the emergency room having surgeons remove glass from my eyes. Rocks also dented the hood of my F150 pickup.

    If I find out who these vandals, hoods, thieves, inconsiderate, people etc. are, in addition to whatever charges the police department brings against them in court, I will also sue them in Civil Court where the penalty and fines could be much worse.

    I encourage anyone who has been vandalized to consider civil court in addition to whatever the State may do to provide adequate restitution to those who were the victims of these crimes. The courts in general are too lenient on vandals. It doesn’t stop them and in most cases in my experience neither does it seem to be much of a deterrent. I think if we also take things into civil court, this will do more so these offenders do not repeat. This will provide another element to help deter others from vandalizing, steeling and treating fine upstanding citizens as helpless victims. I’m one citizen who is fed up with the antics of some people who get jollies out of blatantly damaging people’s property and damaging their state of mind.

  2. sillywilly
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    sillywilly - September 20, 2011 10:29 pm
    Kids have always done stupid things to cars from time to time, but in the last couple of years this crime has been accelerating to a monthly occurrence. Today kids (and people in general) have a greater lack of respect and common courtesy compared to even 10 years ago.

    They say locks only keep honest people out, and that's somewhat true. However, leaving personal items in plain sight and/or the keys in the ignition is only asking for someone to rip you off. I mean, who still leaves their keys in the ignition anymore?
  3. johnQpublic
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    johnQpublic - September 20, 2011 3:02 pm
    I agree, not to leave thing in your car, and to lock the doors. But on the flip side of the coin, just because the owner left something in their car, or even left the door unlocked, does not put the owner at fault, it may not be smart but people shouldn't be entering into other people's property. Seems like many cars were locked though, and windows were smashed... I've ran across a few low petty thieves that saw things in the same light as your statement (I agree with it but I don't blame the owners nor do I think of them as idiots), and these criminals rationalize that if your dumb enough to leave it unlocked, they are going to take advantage of the situation... almost like if they didn't someone else would. Its time to make stealing a more serious crime. After all we pay for it one way or another with insurance, replacing things, or securing our possessions with strong locks and security systems. Thieves are the lowest form of criminal, barely human IMO.
  4. Heather
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    Heather - September 20, 2011 11:52 am
    Why do people still insist on leaving expensive items in unlocked vehicles? Or in a vehicle period? When will these idiots learn?
    Yeah. I said idiots. Because, quite frankly... if you haven't figured out by now that it's not a good idea... you are an idiot.
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