Three reader reports to share: The first one, you’ve probably seen if you read the WSB Forums, but the discussion involves lots of great advice, so we wanted to share it here too: KatieK reported someone stealing her car tabs while she was shopping; police (and subsequently others) offered advice on deterring that type of theft. Read her report and the ensuing discussion here. Next – a discovery of apparently stolen mail, and a sighting that stirred suspicions:
First, Matt reported discovering “a pile of mail” near the 8400 block of 24th, looking as if someone had gone through it (even opening Christmas cards). He took it to the blocks-away box for which it apparently had been intended, but e-mailed us wondering what to do after such a discovery. Though someone reported here recently that police told them only the victim could report mail theft, we discovered this online form that it appears anyone could fill out.
And finally, Jim e-mailed from Arbor Heights about a white Chevy van …
… “and a very suspicious guy getting out of the van and walking thru my neighborhood. He walked by my house 15 minutes later, I knew it was the same guy as I had just seen parked across the street from my house. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and his face covered up and would not look at me both times I saw him. I then told my wife this guy is casing out the neighborhood and after he walked by, I got in my car and drove around looking for his van and found it about a block away. I kept an eye on the van , wrote down the license plate number as he was walking up and got in. He spotted me this time and drove away. I called the police and they said they would let officers know. I drove around and spotted his van again and didn’t see him in it and when I came back around the block the van was gone. My gut feeling tells me this guy was casing out the neighborhood. I went back home and grabbed Bear Spray trying to find him again and confront him but couldn’t find him. Please everyone out there, watch out for this shady-looking character and his white Chevy Van.”
(Police do not recommend confronting anyone – but getting information such as the license plate is important. We’re checking back with Jim for a vicinity, by the way, as we just noticed he didn’t include that in his note.)