Unpaid Handyman Takes Oven Door

The landlord could not show up immediately and asked if she could pay the next day. An arrest is merely an accusation, and does not indicate a conviction.


A landlord who owns a building in the 8400 block of Milwaukee called police on Sept. 10 regarding an incident with a repairman.

The landlord had a tenant moving in on Sept. 7, and the tenant told her the oven in the apartment was not working. The landlord could not leave her day job to come to the apartment, and she could not secure the services of a repair service she was familiar with. She found the name of a repairman in a Polish newspaper, called him and arranged for him to meet the tenant at the apartment.

She instructed him to check the oven and phone her with a quote for the cost of the repair. He never provided a quote, but around 7 p.m., he called and demanded $100 immediately to pay for the inspection, police said. She told him she couldn't come right away, but that he could either bill her or else she could pay him the following day. 

The repairman was unhappy, according to the police report, and the renter told the landlord that when the repairman left, he took the oven door with him. The landlord called the repairman the following day, Sept. 8, at 9:35 a.m., asked him to return the oven door, and he refused, police said. She said that if he didn't return it, she would call police, and he told her he didn't care, according to police. 

The landlord said she wants the oven door back, and will sign complaints if it is not returned. The tenant had not moved in as a result of the incident. Police contacted the repairman and told him to return the door or make the repairs. 

Security finds a safe behind a business

In a found property case, a security officer at Golf Mill Shopping Center reported that on Sept. 7 at 4:50 p.m., he saw a black metal safe behind the rear of a business in the mall. The safe had not been there when other security staff had made previous patrols of the area. Police placed the safe into inventory.

Information is taken from reports.

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BadGer September 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Her first mistake was looking in a Polish Newspaper when there are many, MANY qualified people (and probably Bonded and most likely CITIZENS of the USA) who could have done the job according to the laws of the land and procedures that are standard to the busines. I don't know if this is the way they do things in Krakow Poland, but as a Landlord I'd sue this dude's @$$ off. My guess is that he's probably not even licensed. When will people learn? I mean, she could have even gotten the name of a good guy from the back of the Catholic Bulletin! They're loaded with referrals.
CK September 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Catholic bulletin?????????? I used a German guy who is a parish member and advertises all the time and he tried to cheat me on hours for woodwork when he wasn't even present. The Polish newspapers I have seen at the stores in the area are printed in Polish and might be easier for the lady to understand. Duh.
Harry Gio September 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM
People with a half a brain know to call ABT..................
Christopher December 03, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Wow, the audacity of the repairman to steal an oven door! I wonder what the outcome of this case is. Could he possibly deny the police and continue to keep the oven door? It is quite preposterous. Fortunately, my brother is a landlord has never encountered such an unreasonably repairman or handyman. He always has fantastic relationship with those in charge of maintenance, and judging from this case, it is very lucky for him. - http://www.stoett.com


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