BURGLARY/ARREST: Southwestern District -- Police said a 36-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged with breaking into several coin-operated laundry machines in the basement of an apartment building in the 700 block of Nottingham Road. Officer James Fallon reported that after arriving at the scene he saw signs that the laundry room door had been forced open and heard the noise of metal against metal coming from the room. Looking inside, Fallon reported, he saw a man standing next to a clothes washer that had been broken into. Fallon said the man attempted to cover the damaged coin box with some clothing before he was arrested. Charged with burglary, theft, malicious destruction of property and possession of heroin and narcotics paraphernalia was Otis Gale, who told police he had no permanent address. Police said $22 was removed from the machines and that Gale is suspected of breaking into other laundry rooms over the past several days. Police said Gale was held overnight at the station lockup pending a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Police reported a man armed with a handgun entered the Neild Cleaners in the 900 block of Cathedral St. yesterday morning and ordered a female employee to give him money from the cash register. The employee, Virginia Arrington, told police the man told her he needed money to buy his children toys and clothes for Christmas. Police said the man fled on foot with an undisclosed sum of cash.
BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- Police reported that someone broke into Evelyn's and Marion's carryout in the 2900 block of Edmondson Ave. by forcing open the front door and removed property valued at more than $1,000.
BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- A resident of the 700 block of N. Grantley St. reported to police that someone broke into his home through a window and removed property valued at $700.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police reported an employee of Murray's Fuel Co. in the 1200 block of N. Gilmor St. was making a delivery in the 1700 block of Poplar Grove St. Tuesday afternoon when he was accosted by a man armed with a handgun who ordered him to give up his money. Police said the gunman fled with more than $600.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Julie Kawecki, of the 700 block of Dryden Drive, reported she was walking near her home when she was assaulted by a man who stole her purse and fled on foot. Police said the purse contained cash and property, all valued at more than $150.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 5900 block of Daywalt Ave. reported that someone broke into his home and removed a TV, VCR and a stereo turntable from his living room. Police said the property was valued at more than $1,000 and that entry was gained through a living-room window.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Jimmy Moore, a driver for the Diamond Cab Co. in the 1900 block of Ashburton St., reported he was driving in the 2800 block of The Alameda around 4 a.m. yesterday when a youth he picked up earlier pulled out a handgun and ordered him to stop. Police said the armed youth robbed Moore of nearly $100 and fled on foot.
ASSAULT: Northeastern District -- Police reported that an 11-year-old resident of the 2000 block of E. Hoffman St. was in the 5000 block of Sinclair Lane yesterday when she was attacked by a 12-year-old boy who stabbed her under the eye with a scissors. Police said the girl was not seriously injured and that the boy was being sought.
LARCENY: Northeastern District -- Michael Moore, of the first block of N. Linwood Ave., told police that someone stole his 26-inch bicycle after he left it parked and unattended in the 5000 block of Moravia Park Drive yesterday. Police said the bike was valued at more than $100.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- A 16-year-old student at City College in the 3200 block of The Alameda told police someone entered her locker yesterday and removed five gold rings, an 18-inch gold necklace and other items. Police said the property was valued at more than $1,400. In a similar incident, police said another City College student reported that someone forced open her gym locker yesterday and stole her designer wallet. The student told police the wallet and its contents were valued at more than $200.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police arrested a mother and her daughter and charged each with the theft of nearly $40 worth of food and other items from the Valu Food store in the 4200 block of Frankford Ave. Police said the daughter was a cashier at the store and yesterday allegedly allowed her mother to pass through the checkout line without paying for the merchandise. The incident was witnessed by a store security officer, who arrested the pair. Charged with theft were Deborah Boyd, 40, of the 2700 block of Edison Highway, and her daughter, Bonita Boyd, 19, of the 4400 block of Plainfield Ave.