VaHi Safety Team Report: April 20, 2013

By: John Wolfinger

Successful Neighborhood Cleanup Report
Thanx to a small but determined group of folks, there was a lot of trash, litter and obstructive vegetation cleaned up last Saturday. Read the story at We had a lot of VaHi business participation – thank you to these folks.  If you would like to help organize a neighborhood-wide business association, please contact Juliet White at  to see how you can assist in this effort to unite all of our businesses for the common good of strong and united commercial districts.
How Many People Do We Reach?
In an attempt to find out how many folks are reached with these reports – would all of the residential Street Captains for streets, apartment and condo buildings please send me the number of folks you have on your watch list?  Then, I would also like for all business, organizations and churches to do the same by letting me know how many copies you forward in your group.  I know that we have grown considerably over the years – but do not know what the distribution totals.  Thanx.
The following reports are taken from our APD Zone 6 (  reported crime stats for the 2013 weeks of 12, 13 and 14 (3/17 to 4/6) for our VaHi Beat 601, along with news from around the Zone as it affects us.  Again, I state, that these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your awareness.
Aggravated Assault  –  No reported incidents for Beat 601.
However, nearby at the PDL Avenue Publix store, the store manager was hit by a rock thrown by a male who had been ushered out of the store for disruptive acts.  Yes, he was arrested.
Auto Theft  –  Vehicles were stolen from Greenwood Avenue with scooters taken from Briarcliff Terrace and Briarcliff Court.  Scooters and small motorbikes are so easily picked up and loaded into the back of a pickup – consider parking them in a hidden locked area, and not on the street.
Commercial Burglary  –  No reported incidents for Beat 601
Residential Burglary  –  Residences were violated on Amsterdam Avenue – entry here was made via breaking a back door window, then reaching in to turn the key that was in the lock. Even if you have double key locks – do NOT leave the keys in the lock, especially if the keys can be seen thru a window!!!!  A Brookridge Drive house was entered via a pried off screen to access an unlocked back window. Another Amsterdam Avenue house was entered via a kicked-in back door.   On Monroe Drive a witness saw 2 males loading a washing machine into a vehicle trunk – they fled when she came out to confront them.  Entry was made via an unlocked back door.
Commercial Robbery  –  No reported incidents for Beat 601
Residential Robbery  –  No reported incidents for Beat 601
Pedestrian Robbery  –  On 3/17 on the evening watch time period ( 3 p.m.-11p.m.) on St. Charles Avenue between North Highland and Frederica Street, a male suspect approached the female victim and grabbed her cell phone from her hand.  She resisted to no avail and the suspect fled in a waiting car.  PLEASE – warn your friends who walk and talk (or text) and are not aware of  other people in their surroundings.  Keep those personal electronics hidden while walking, running or sitting in public places.  This kind of snatch and grab thievery continues all over the city.
Larceny From Vehicle  –  Vehicles were entered on PDL Avenue (4), North Highland Avenue (4), Greenwood Avenue, Los Angeles Avenue (2), Maiden Lane, Lanier Boulevard, Drewry Street, and Hudson Drive.  I think that we as neighborhood residents are well aware of the Clean Car Campaign – but PLEASE remind visitors to clean out their parked cars.
Larceny Other  –  A billfold was taken from a Monroe Drive residence by a visitor.  An ex-employee of the CVS store on North Highland Avenue was accused of taking 4 bottles of prescription drugs while employed.  A bicycle was taken from a PDL Avenue parking garage.  If you cannot completely hide bicycles while not in use – store them inside.
Elsewhere in the Zone – the PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 5 shoplifters (and I always wonder as to how many they do not catch).  The Edgewood Retail District Target store nabbed 9 shoplifters.  A Target customer left her wallet on the customer service counter and it was gone when she returned (surprised?).  In the PDL Avenue Publix store parking lot in broad daylite, the victim was putting her grandchild in the car while her purse was still in the shopping cart and it was snatched with the perp escaping.South of here on Rosemont Drive, SE, the victim woke up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of water running.  After calling watershed management it was discovered that his water meter had had been stolen (scrap metal?).
Stay alert and enjoy spring in the city.

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