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COPS CORNER: Thousands of dollars worth of gems stolen from car in driveway

Also in COPS CORNER: A would-be thief tries to use a man's garden hose to siphon gas from his SUV
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Oct. 17

Thousands of dollars worth of gems stolen from car in driveway

10:45 p.m. First block of Fayette Lane. Car break: A 29-year-old man left his car in a driveway at Fayette Lane at about 10:30 p.m. and locked all of the doors. About 15 minutes later, he heard his car alarm go off, and went outside. The right rear window was broken, and a black backpack he'd left sitting on the seat next to the broken window was gone — and with it the $4,000-$5,000 of gems inside. The bag contained six moissanite stones, a diamond alternative. Five were black and one was white. Deputies couldn't process the car for evidence because the victim was cleaning it up when they arrived — a common reason deputies are unable to process cars for forensics after break-ins.

Oct. 13

There are these things called 'gas stations'

7:49 a.m. First block of Richfield Lane. Criminal mischief: A 36-year-old man walked outside in the morning and saw the gas cap of his SUV laying on the ground, and a two-foot section of his garden hose cut out and laying in the grass. There was a black reusable shopping bag laying nearby. He called the Sheriff's Office and told deputies someone had cut up his garden hose to siphon gas from his SUV. The would-be thief didn't actually get any gas out of the car. A deputy photographed the damaged hose.

Oct. 11

Unwelcome visitor

11:31 p.m. 200 block of Bird of Paradise Drive. Attempted burglary: An 18-year-old man was playing with his dog at about 11 p.m. when he heard the handle of his front door jiggle. His roommate wasn't home, and he checked with him to make sure the it wasn't him. It wasn't. He grabbed a semiautomatic rifle, and as he left the room all of the lights in the home shut off. He went to the home's rear slider and let his dog into the backyard, where it ran over to a gate, barking. The young man didn't see anyone, but when he got to the gate, he saw that it had been kicked off its hinges. A deputy photographed the broken gate, but found no damage to the fuse box that could have explained the power outage, and didn't see anyone suspicious or find any other damage.

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