Barrington police received reports of two larcenies last week and a possible third that was thwarted by a homeowner.
A leaf blower valued at about $800 was reported stolen from the yard of a Winthrop Drive home on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The theft happened mid-day and was reported about 3:45 pm.
A landscaper, 52, said he had used the leaf blower earlier in the day and then left it in the yard when he left the house for a while. When he returned, the tool was gone.
An investigation into the theft located a neighbor who said that an unidentified red pickup truck has been spotted in that area several times over the past couple of days. The neighbor did not get a license plate number.
A day later, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, police received a report of a theft from the basement of an Alfred Downe Road home. A woman, 61, said that a PlayStation 3 game console, four video games and $50 in loose change was taken from the home.
A screen was found pulled from a basement window, according to the police report. It is believed the thief entered the home through that window.
A talk with the woman’s son, 19, has come up with a suspect, according to Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. The investigation continues.
Then. on Thursday evening, Sept. 12, police received a call from a Chapin Road resident who apparently scared off two teens she believed were trying to break into a Mercedes parked in the driveway. She had been sleeping on the couch and was awakened by some noise around 11:30 pm.
The woman yelled out the door at the teens, who ran away on foot. A search of the neighborhood by patrol officers came up empty.