Police: Burglar leaves trail of blood inside Warren shop

WARREN – City police found smashed windows, blood, broken eyeglasses and a vodka bottle after called early Tuesday to a break-in at a Dana Street N.E. business.

Two smashed-out windows “with lots of blood on the glass” and two ransacked offices were found just before 2 a.m. Tuesday to J&L Welding, 140 Dana St. N.E., police said.

Larry Gross told police he received a call from his alarm service at his business around 11:45 p.m. Monday, but canceled it because of the thunderstorms moving through the area at the time. He thought the storm set off his alarm.

Police responded to a second alarm from the business at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday. They found a bent and broken pair of black-rimmed eyeglasses and an empty vodka bottle in an office, according to a Warren police report. Gross told them that they did not belong to him, the report states.

Police said someone climbed a fence at the northeast corner of the building and used a 5-foot piece of wood to smash out a window and get into an office. The burglar suffered cuts crawling through the glass.

Once inside, the intruder sat in a chair at a desk and went through several drawers, smearing blood on the chair, floor and light switch plate, the report states.

The burglar then went down the hall and left the building in a secured and enclosed terrace. The door the person exited through locked behind him, trapping him in the terrace, the report states.

So the burglar found a rock, smashed out another window, and crawled into another office, leaving more blood along the window pane, glass shards, desk chair and floor, police said.

The person went through several drawers in that office and found a petty cash box containing about $200, the report states. It was not clear whether any money was taken.

The burglar left through the front door by unlocking the dead bolt at the front of the building.

Police noted in the report that around 11 p.m. Monday there had been a disturbance at the Horseshoe Tavern with an intoxicated white male who was wearing black-rimmed glasses. Police said the person had left the bar before they arrived and was last seen walking north on Pine Avenue N.E. Police said they did not get that individual’s name.

As of Tuesday, no arrests had been made.