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Updated: January 7, 2013 11:24PM



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Stolen cab drives by cop, owner

As Patrolman Mark Birkett was taking a report about a stolen taxi, he and the taxi owner saw the cab drive past them at 4th Avenue and Lake Street Friday night.

Birkett tried to stop the car, but the driver fled until he used his squad to block the taxi’s path at 3rd Avenue and Hamilton Street shortly after 9 p.m.

The driver jumped out and ran with Birkett in pursuit. He caught the teen two blocks from the scene. She admitted breaking into her neighbor’s apartment at Lakeshore Dunes Apartments and stealing the keys to his car.

Homeless man faces sex charges

A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday and is being held without bail on charges of child molesting, sexual battery and performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor.

Robert Gajda, a resident of a homeless shelter, was visiting relatives in the fall when he showed an 8-year-old girl his penis and began rubbing himself on her. She screamed and her parents ran to her rescue, the probable cause affidavit states.

Gajda admitted to Detective Cpl. Shauna Poirier-Peter that he committed acts as the victim described.

Burglars seen taking home’s bathtub

Patrolman Travis Jolly arrested a Brunswick man who ran from the scene of a burglary on the street where pop star Michael Jackson lived as a child.

Jolly went to the 2300 block of Jackson about 1:45 p.m. Thursday and saw three men taking a bathtub out of a house. Two suspects fled in a truck, and Jolly caught the third man in a nearby alley.

Rodney Burnett, 42, of 1028 Stevenson St., was wanted on a warrant for burglary charges filed in June. He faces additional charges on the new incident.

Teen admits two home break-ins

A 15-year-old Glen Park teen admitted breaking into two houses last year.

The suspect’s mother brought her son to the police station where he told Sgt. Fred Cook and Detective Richard McClelland he broke into a house in the 300 block of Johnson Street using a barbecue cleaning tool. He took two televisions and gave them to another person who never paid him for the stolen goods, police said.

The teen also admitted breaking into a house in the 3800 block of Adams Street on Christmas Day. He went to a store at 39th Avenue and Broadway to pawn the he stole, but was stopped by the victim.



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