ABDUCTION/THEFT: Southeastern District -- Gary Bentley, of the 3000 block of Elliott St., parked his car in the 2200 block of E. Fairmount Ave. and left the engine running with his four-year-old grandson, John Bentley, in the vehicle at about 10 o'clock last night. While Bentley was in a nearby store, someone got into the car and drove away. The thief put the child out of the car a few blocks away, at Broadway and Madison Street, and continued driving. The car has not been recovered. Gary Bentley was cited by police with leaving a small child unattended in a vehicle.
BURGLARY: Southeastern District -- BCI Contractors, 711 S. Central Ave., closed for business at 5 p.m. Wednesday. When the operators opened yesterday morning, they discovered that someone had climbed a fence and broke a window to enter the building and take $200 from a cash box, police said.
BURGLARY: Southeastern District -- Police said someone hid inside JP's bar, in the 500 block of S. Bouldin St., until it closed Wednesday night. When it opened at 7 a.m. yesterday, the operators discovered that someone had taken $250 in change and an unknown amount of alcoholic beverages.
BURGLARY: Southeastern District -- American Drum and Salvage Co., in the 4200 block of E. Fairmount Ave., reported to police that someone climbed the wall outside its building between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. yesterday, forced open a door and took a variety of tools valued at $400.
BURGLARY: Southeastern District -- Amcom Fashions, in the 300 block of Colvin St., told police that someone hid in the store until it closed. The bandit dropped several items of clothing from a window and was leaving the building early yesterday when a passer-by spotted him. He left the merchandise on the ground and fled.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- A man approached Katherine Farnkenberger, of the 1500 block of Greendale Road, on her porch at 3:20 p.m yesterday and demanded her purse. The man grabbed the purse, which contained keys and $80 cash, and fled.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Richard Flynn, of the 2100 block of Lake Ave., reported to police yesterday that someone entered his unlocked garage Tuesday morning and stole a lawn mower valued at $175.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police arrested a man they identified as Milton Brantrey, 27,on charges of stealing $63 worth of men's clothing from the Ames department store in the 2500 block of Belair Road at 2:15 p.m. yesterday.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police arrested Robert Howard, 43, on charges of stealing items valued at $19 from the 7-Eleven convenience store in the 2900 block of Harford Road at 6:29 p.m. yesterday.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Someone knocked in a boarded window in the rear of Charley Rudo's Sports, 1500 Havenwood Road, and took clothing and sneakers valued at $415 early yesterday, then abandoned the stolen property outside the window, police said.
ROBBERY ATTEMPT: Northeastern District -- A man approached pizza delivery driver for Little Joe's Pizza, 5400 Sinclair Lane, in the 2300 block of Odell Ave. at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The man pulled out a gun, and a struggle ensued. The delivery man was able to return to his car and was not injured. No shots were fired and nothing was stolen.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Nicole Pierson, a resident of New Jersey, was visiting in the 6500 block of Frankford Ave., between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. yesterday, when someone entered the room with a key and removed $2,000 from her shoe, police said.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Patrick Douglas, of the 5000 block of Conant Way, told police he was in the 4900 block of Sinclair Lane at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by a man and a woman. They punched him and took two gold rings.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Someone entered the home Jerome Wallace, in the 2100 block of Odell Ave., by prying open a window between 2 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. yesterday. Witnesses told police that three men, age 18 to 25, and a 9-year-old boy were involved.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Patrick Piper, of the 5900 block of Kavon Ave., reported that someone entered his yard and took a picnic bench umbrella valued at $100 between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. yesterday.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Someone pried open the front door to the home of Milton Barrett, in the 2200 block of Madison Ave., between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. yesterday and took a Sanyo videocassette recorder of unknown value.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Patricia Young, of the 2000 block of W. North Ave., told police she was riding in the 2700 block of Winchester St. after being picked up by a man who was hacking. The driver demanded money and she refused, police said. The man then pulled out a screwdriver and bit her on the arm. He took $20 from her, police said, adding that Baker refused treatment at a hospital.