A thief apparently broke into several cars and two houses overnight Nov. 16 and 17 while bleeding from a hand, according to police.

A resident of the 17200 block of 68th Court reported hearing strange noises from his son’s bedroom about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 17, called out to his son to ask if he was OK and a strange voice replied. He entered the bedroom and saw a man wearing a Chicago Bulls hat and a black parka with a bloody paper towel around his hand, police said.

They said the man told the homeowner that he was in a bar fight and thought he was inside his girlfriend’s home. The homeowner escorted the intruder out of the house, and about 8 a.m., the man discovered that his son’s iTouch was missing and his car trunk had been opened, police said.

A couple on that same block told police someone broke into both of their cars and left behind a bloody napkin in each one the same night. A third victim on the block reported about $10 in change stolen from her car that night, and a fourth car burglary was reported the same night in the 6400 block of 175th Street, police said.

A woman called police Nov. 17 to report that she was asleep in the living room the night before and briefly awakened to see what appeared to be a strange man in her home in the 17900 block of 66th Court. She said she fell back asleep, and the next morning her family discovered a computer, wallet and two iPods missing, police said.

Lastly, about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 17, someone called police to report a lot of blood in a stairway leading to an apartment in the 17400 block of 69th Street. The tenant told officers that he had cut himself cleaning a glass. His hand was wrapped by paramedics, and he refused other medical treatment, according to police.

The man was not arrested in connection with the burglaries, which police are still investigating.

Kate McCann

Copper caper

Thieves broke into the Sprint Cellular tower in the northwest corner of the Centennial Bowl parking lot in the 16000 block of Centennial Circle on Nov. 12, causing a temporary power outage, police said.

The intruders removed all the copper ground wire throughout the building and battery cables for the power supply, causing $700 in damage, according to police.

Kate McCann

ORLAND PARK

Woman leaves babies in car

A Chicago woman was charged with child neglect after she left three infants locked in her car for about 40 minutes Oct. 22 while she shopped at Orland Square Mall, police said.

Officers forcibly entered the car after about 10 minutes when Mechelle Johnson had not returned and placed the children in a squad car. One of the children was not wearing socks, and the outside temperature was 38 degrees, police said.

Johnson, 35, 819 E. 64th St., was charged with endangering the life or health of children. The babies were turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, police said.

Kate McCann