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.
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