A BOB jogging stroller was stole from the alley behind Dartmouth Avenue last week.

A BOB jogging stroller was stole from the alley behind Dartmouth Avenue last week.

Thieves are apparently cruising the alleys of the Park Cities, ready to strike at a moment’s notice whenever an opportunity arises.

At 1 p.m. on Sept. 26, a babysitter returned to her employer’s house in the 3300 block of Dartmouth Avenue after taking her employer’s child for a walk. The child needed to go to the bathroom, but the babysitter could not get the gate across the rear driveway to open. So the babysitter left a $560 BOB double jogging stroller outside the gate and carried the child into the house. When the babysitter returned to the alley 15 minutes later to retrieve the stroller, it was gone.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, a man opened the door to his detached garage in the 4400 block of Westway Avenue and then walked to his front yard to retrieve his son’s scooter. As he walked back to the garage, the man saw a stranger pedaling away on his son’s newly purchased 24-inch Schwinn Atlas bicycle. The man ran to his car to see if he could chase down the thief on the $173 bike, but he lost sight of him.

Click through for a roundup of other residential crimes reported in the Park Cities last week:

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The short length of Potomac was a hotbed of criminal activity last week. Several property crimes occurred on this street and to the north on Milton.

The short length of Potomac was a hotbed of criminal activity last week. Several property crimes occurred on this street and to the north on Milton.

The evening of Sept. 14 was a busy one for criminal activity on Potomac Avenue in Highland Park and Milton Avenue in University Park. And there was one particular set of incidents that linked those two streets.

After 9:30 p.m., a burglar rummaged through two vehicles – a black 2012 Mercedes GL450 and a blue 1999 Ford Explorer – that had been left unlocked outside a house in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue. Nothing was reported stolen from the Explorer, but the burglar took a case of Winchester shotgun shells from the Mercedes, as well as a key to a blue 2010 Volvo S90 that had been parked outside the same house.

The Volvo was found in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue, where it had been backed into a detached garage. A silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler that had been parked in that same garage was stolen, as were a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, two $200 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.

These were just two of several crimes reported that night on Potomac and Milton:

After 4 p.m., a burglar stole $4,768 worth of property from a black 2007 BMW X3 in the 3200 block of Milton Avenue, including a $900 pair of boots, a $400 jacket, and a $600 stroller.

After 4:30 p.m., a burglar opened a black 2002 Lexus SUV that had been left unlocked in the 3600 block of Potomac Avenue and removed a beige bag. The bag contained nothing but DVDs of children’s movies, and we assume that the burglar was disappointed by its contents, because the bag and DVDs were found in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue at 6 a.m. on Sept. 15.

After 9 p.m., a burglar rummaged through a white 2011 Volkswagen Jetta in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue. Nothing was reported stolen. The victim believes she had locked her car, but there were no signs of forced entry.

After 9 p.m., a burglar stole $300 worth of tools and a $200 iPod Nano from a black 2009 GMC Yukon that had been left unlocked in the 3000 block of Milton Avenue.

At 9:28 a.m. on Sept. 15, a woman wearing nurse’s scrubs knocked on a door in the 3600 block of Potomac Avenue and told the homeowner that she’d found a rolling file case in the driveway. The case contained documents related to a North Dallas couple’s divorce. Police contacted the law firm responsible for the documents, and a staffer was dispatched to retrieve them. No one with the law firm could explain how the case got to the driveway on Potomac, and the identity of the medically garbed Good Samaritan remains a mystery.

Click through for last week’s Park Cities burglaries that didn’t happen on Milton or Potomac:

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