Five home burglaries were reported in Highland Park between 2 p.m. last Wednesday and 8 o’clock the following morning, but I’m going to focus on only one of them in this post. You’ll have to get a paper to read about the others.
After 11:30 p.m., a burglar rifled through a white 2011 Mercedes and a red 2002 BMW that were both left unlocked in a driveway in the 3600 block of Beverly Drive. After using a garage-door opener left in the BMW, the burglar entered an attached garage and rifled though a black 2012 Audi.
The burglar then entered the house — in which five people were sleeping — through an unlocked door and stole a $2,500 Louis Vuitton purse that held a $20,000 pair of diamond stud earrings, a white envelope containing $9,000 in cash, a $2,000 Mac Air computer bearing a Snow White sticker, an $800 Louis Vuitton wallet containing $400 in cash, a $400 iPad Mini, and two $300 Louis Vuitton makeup bags. The burglar also stole a $2,000 Chanel purse that held a $200 Louis Vuitton wallet.
At 2:20 a.m., an officer begain tailing a black 2012 Kia Rio that was going about 10 mph in the 4800 block of St. Johns Drive. A dispatcher advised the officer that the Rio had been reported stolen in Glenn Heights. The officer followed the Rio north on Byron Avenue and east on Mockingbird Lane before turning on his overhead lights.
At first, the Rio seemed to slow down. Then the driver stepped on the gas, and the Rio accelerated on the southbound Central Expressway service road. After opening his door, as if he was going to leap from the Rio, the driver turned right at Airline Road. When he tried to make a left at Cornell Avenue, he crashed into a gold 1996 Toyota Camry parked on the street. He exited the Rio through the passenger door and fled on foot, running down an alley and between houses.
The thief eluded officers, but they recovered a lot of stolen goods from the Rio, including the aforementioned Chanel and Louis Vuitton purses, with the latter holding only $8,100 in cash; four laptops; and three iPhones, including one in a Hello Kitty case.
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