Building tenant traps suspect in west end crime spree

tenantriskverification January 30, 2014 0

by: Trevor Wilhelm

A serial burglar allegedly responsible for a west-end crime spree is facing dozens of charges after an angry tenant trapped him in an underground parking garage.

Windsor police said Tuesday they are still seeking a second person for the break-ins to several cars and an apartment building in the 1700 block of University Avenue.

Building owner Keith Pickard said he got so fed up with the ongoing thefts that he posted surveillance photos of the culprits on street light poles and online.

“There wasn’t a lot of information coming from the police and he just kept coming,” said Pickard, who owns the building at the corner of University and Campbell avenues. “You know the guy and it’s frustrating that you can’t stop him. The police department told us we’ve got one of the most secure buildings in Windsor, but when somebody wants to go break locks there’s not much you can do.”

George Liscombe, 45, of Windsor, is charged with 10 counts of mischief, seven counts of theft, two counts of break and enter, two counts of possession of stolen property and two counts of possession of break and enter tools.

Police said his accomplice was a white man with a medium build. He was wearing a brown leather coat, black knit hat, gloves, dark pants and a black scarf over his face.

Officers were called to the building in the 1700 block of University Avenue West at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 19. Two people had broken into the apartment, then smashed the windows in nine cars and took what they could.

Surveillance video obtained by The Star shows two people forcing their way through the building’s front door by prying open the lock. After making their way into the parking garage, they go from car to car smashing windows and stealing things. One person often appears to stand lookout while the other breaks into vehicles.

Source: windsorstar

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