A young man on La Salle Avenue didn't want his motorcycle repossessed — and proved it by clinging to the motorcycle and struggling with a tow truck operator sent to remove it, a Piedmont Police Department spokesman said.
The tow truck operator eventually pulled out a canister of pepper spray to persuade the man to let go, Detective George Phifer said. The brouhaha, reported to police by a neighbor, happened the afternoon of Aug. 5. Neither man wished to press charges, Phifer said.
Another La Salle resident several doors away learned that her vehicle had been burglarized only when an Oakland resident found a backpack stolen from the car. The backpack contained ID, and the finder phoned the victim after discovering the backpack near the intersection of Warfield and Fairbanks avenues in Oakland the evening of Aug. 1, Phifer said.
After the phone call, the victim went outside and discovered that a thief had broken a window on her vehicle, Phifer said. Three duffle bags containing dog supplies were also stolen and were not recovered, he said.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1
Theft — Chinese calligraphy was reported stolen from a home on Blair Avenue.
Ukelele music — A Sharon Court resident reported a man sitting in a black sedan talking on his cell phone and playing a ukelele a little before 9 p.m.. Police determined that the man was waiting for someone.
THURSDAY, AUG. 2
Identity theft — A Jerome Avenue resident reported a possible incident of identity theft.
FRIDAY, AUG. 3
Vandalism — A Sheridan Road resident reported that his vehicle had been keyed.
Coupon thief — Someone stole loose change and coupons for See's Candy — chocolate, at that — from a vehicle parked on Lake Avenue.
SATURDAY, AUG. 4
Unwanted possum — A Calvert Court resident reported that there was an opposum on his porch. An animal control officer picked up the animal.
SUNDAY, AUG. 5
Screaming — A Maxwelton Road resident reported hearing a woman scream twice about 7:20 p.m. Police located the woman and determined that she had screamed when her dog and another canine began fighting. There were no injuries, police said.
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