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Police Reports: The Girlfriend Strangler & Neighborhood Fire Brigade

Between a man beating and strangling his girlfriend and a group of tenants fighting a fire to save their homes, this is a list of the latest police reports in Sussex.

The Mailbox Hit-man

Thursday, July 5 at 3:46 a.m.
After patrolling the Centennial Oaks subdivision on the morning of July 5, police noticed the markings of an immature prankster. The mailboxes on 14 homes in the neighborhood were either bent over or completely smashed to the ground. Police are still investigating who would do such a pointless act.

Neighborhood Fire Brigade

Tuesday, July 10 at 4:46 p.m.
Police and fire crews were called to condos on Hastings Court near on Tuesday after a grass fire starting inching toward the multi-tenant building. According to the report, the cause of the fire was somehow linked to a man grilling near the condos, but residents didn’t ask questions before springing into action.

Tenants and neighbors began running to fill up buckets of water, and like a fire brigade, attempted to put out the blaze. Firefighters arrived and immediately ended the grass fire after spraying down the lawn with extinguishers. According to police, they have no record of the griller violating the burning ban.

An Inconsiderate Thief

Wednesday, July 11 at 4:04 p.m.
A 44-year-old Sussex man living on the W245N6500 block of Grogan Drive called police after an unknown thief stole an electrical box from his driveway. The man first noticed something was wrong after returning home and seeing car tire marks all over his cabinet doors laying out to dry at the end of his driveway. At that point the man noticed the $500 box stolen. Police are still investigating.

People, Lock Your Car Doors

Thursday, July 12 at 7:02 a.m.
Police were called to two homes on Homestead Court on Thursday when homeowners noticed items missing from their unlocked cars sitting in their driveways. A 44-year-old victim reported missing cash and sunglasses, while his 31-year-old neighbor found most of his items scattered in an adjacent yard. His stereo, however, was not recovered. Police urge residents to simply lock their doors.

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Lost & Found Bike

Thursday, July 12 at 4:26 p.m.
A 45-year-old Sussex woman called police report a missing mountain bike, so neighbors, keep your eyes peeled. The bike is red and green and valued at $300. It was stolen from the side of the woman’s garage on the N60W24500 block of Lynette Pass.

What Did I Say About Locking Your Cars?

Thursday, July 12 at 5:49 p.m.
Another unlocked car sitting in the driveway of a Homestead Court home was burglarized on Thursday, just blocks from where the previous two cars were reported to have missing items. The 50-year-old car owner reported his wallet, sunglasses, checkbook and reading glasses were taken from the vehicle.

Punch & Strangle Her

Friday, July 13 at 6:05 p.m.
Tenants living in the apartments on the N59W23300 block of Clover Drive got in a serious altercation Friday resulting in a man’s arrest. Brandon Busalacchi, 28, was arrested on one count of battery and one count of strangulation & suffocation of his ex-girlfriend after allegedly punching her in the face and choking her.

The 25-year-old woman came into the to report in person what happened. Busalacchi’s hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 at .

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