Virginia-Highland Safety Team Report: October 2, 2012

By: John Wolfinger

A busy couple of weeks ahead with special events, so make your driving plans accordingly.  First of all is the Breast Cancer Walk with 800 walking ladies in pink costumes on 10/ 6 and 7.  They have a good time walking for a serious cause, and would like to have cheering throngs along the walk route, which John Becker of the VOICE has meticulously detailed at http://vahi.org/10th-anniversary-breast-cancer-walk-coming-to-vahi-seeks-supporters  Thank you John for having more patience than I do for listing all the streets involved.  This does not involve any street closings.

Then also on 10/7 is a repeat of last spring’s very successful Streets Alive here in VaHi and other neighborhoods along North Highland south of us.  Details at http://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/   This does involve the closing of North Highland and Virginia Avenues for this day only.

The Atlanta Pride festival will be 10/13 and 10/14 in Piedmont Park.  Their website at www.atlantapride.org/ does little if anything to address traffic/parking for this event – other than to warn participants not to drive to the festival, and we all know how little this means.  Tenth Street will have one lane closing next to the park for Friday, Saturday and Sunday – but this street will still have other lanes for traffic except on Sunday when the parade arrives at the park.  The festival organizers have told me to advise using 911 to report traffic/parking problems as usual, and these reports will be forwarded to the off-duty police working the area on motorcycles.  They will be posting the usual cardboard “No Parking ” signs on the usual streets for this time period.

I don’t think that most of the neighborhood, except for the areas abutting Piedmont Park, realize what folks near the park have to endure with the continual schedule of special events/festivals in Piedmont Park.  I went to the open house event at Fort Mac a couple of Saturdays ago hoping to learn more about the proposed dedicated festival grounds at this massive facility, but this project still seems to be years away from becoming reality.  In the meantime Piedmont Park will be over-used and abused.

Also on 10/14 is the Morningside Mile Run http://www.morningsidemile.com/ , but this is early in the morning and only affects North Highland Avenue, so should not be a big traffic problem.  This also is for a very good cause – our AFR Station # 19 renovation.

Officer Woolfolk on the News

I’m sure many of you remember Officer Ralph Woolfolk who succeded Officer Joe Cooper on the evening watch  (3 to 11 p.m.) here.  After he left us he was assigned to the Boulevard Strike Force, but has now moved on to the COPS division (http://www.atlantapd.org/c.o.p.s.aspx ).  Thanx to Kay Stephenson for alerting me to a channel 11 news clip – http://www.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1865452639001 featuring Woolfolk at Turner Field last week – he’s a natural on TV, and represented APD well.

October St. Charles/Highland Business Area Cleanup

Go to https://www.facebook.com/KeepVirginiaHighlandBeautiful  for details on this newly formed group dedicated to making our business districts cleaner and more inviting both to residents and to our many, many visitors.  Sign up on this Facebook page to help with this ambitious project on 10/20 - especially erasing the rest of the graffiti vandalism on the back sides of the old Hilan Theater.  This would be a good way for high school kids to get some of their community service hours.  Jimmy Lee and I would welcome some younger and more agile help with the graffiti

Fulton County Court improvements

A court improvement task force has been meeting and working on suggested court improvements for a year and their results were released just last week. Their report is at http://www.georgiacourts.gov/index.php/?option=com_content&view=article&id=159.  A recap is at http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/task-force-issues-recommandation-for-improvments-o/nSQMF/. Keeping our court system functioning smoothly is as vital to our total safety program as having a safe jail, and good law enforcement agencies in the county.

The following reports are taken from our APD Zone 6 (http://www.atlantapd.org/zone6.aspx) crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 35 and 36 (8/26 to 9/8) and are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your level of alertness.  The emphasis is on our VaHi Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us.

Aggravated Assault  -  No reported incidents from Beat 601

Auto Theft  -  One vehicle taken from a parking lot on North Highland Avenue.

Auto Theft Recovery  -  No reported recoveries from Beat 601

Commercial Burglary  -  No reported incidents from Beat 601

Residential Burglary  -  A condo was entered at the Carlton on Highland Lane via a damaged front door.  A residential room at the Open Door on PDL Avenue was entered via an unlocked door (residents are not allowed to lock these doors).

Commercial Robbery  -  No reported incidents from Beat 601

Residential Robbery  -  No reported incidents from Beat 601

Larceny From Vehicle  -  Vehicles were entered on Adair Avenue, Rosedale Drive, Barnett Street, Briarcliff Road, Kanuga Street (2), North Highland Avenue and Virginia Avenue.  This category of crime continues to be a black eye on the neighborhood – if we could only get all of our neighbors and visitors to be aware of the Clean Car Campaign and clean out ALL parked cars at ALL times – this crime could be erased from our neighborhood stats.  This is such an easy crime to prevent – yet every week we have such incidents.

Larceny Other  -  Tools and building supplies were taken from a Greenwood Avenue carport.  The seat and rear wheel of a chained bicycle were taken from in front of a North Highland Avenue building.  Another chained bicycle was stolen by cutting the chain on a St. Charles Avenue apartment deck.  Hide those bicycles when not in use.

Unwatched cell phones and purses continue to be stolen around the Zone.  An unwatched wallet was taken from an under-the-chair purse at Pure restaurant on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park.  A cell phone was snatched from the table of an unnamed North Highland Avenue restaurant in Inman Park – the perp was caught but without the phone. At 10:40 a.m. at the traffic lite at Parkway and North Avenue – a thief reached into a car and stole a cell phone.

A concertgoer at the Masquerade on North Avenue had his I-pad stolen – the victim traced it via a cell phone and the perp was arrested by MARTA police.

Pedestrian Robbery  -  At 1:40 a.m. on PDL Avenue near PDL Place a lone male was approached by 2 males – one put a gun to his head and the other went thru his pockets taking the usual wallet, cell phone, etc.  The perps fled on foot northward on PDL Place.

Yes – since the time period of this report we have had 3 other pedestrian robberies on residential streets (Drewry Street, Greenwood Avenue and PDL Terrace), but I do not have the reports on two of the incidents yet, so will wait til I can report them all in detail at once.  In the meantime, be alert, aware, and report to 911 any and all suspicious persons or vehicles (See Something – Say Something) .  Keep cell phones hidden from view and especially do NOT walk and talk or text at the same time – this activity is just asking for trouble (unfortunately).

Enjoy all of the upcoming festivals and special events in this wonderful fall weather, by staying alert.

Crime Reports

APD’s August Report

APD has a good recap of some good things that have happened at http://www.atlantapd.org/files/GreatestHitsAugust.pdf Especially note our own Deputy Chief Propes’ report about our Smart 911 System. Please sign up if you have not yet done so. VaHi was mentioned in this report with the Creative Loafing story about the capture of residential burglar Charles Echols here. Again – thanx to everyone who helped with this community project.

The following reports are taken from our APD Zone 6 (http://www.atlantapd.org/zone6.aspx) crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 32,33, and 34 (8/5 to 8/25). Note that this is a compilation of 3 weeks, instead of the usual 2 weeks. 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 alertness and awareness. The emphasis is on our VaHi Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us.

Aggravated Assault – A male reported being shot outside of a Bonaventure Avenue apartment, but waited some time before calling in a 911 report. No physical evidence was found outside of a shooting, but such evidence was spotted inside the apartment – indicating to responding officers that it may have been a self-inflicted accidental shooting – the victim was taken to Grady with non-life-threatening wounds.
On 8/21 at 8 p.m. at the Open Door Community on PDL Avenue a combative arrestee under the influence of either drugs or alcohol attacked 3 different victims – one being struck with a board with a protruding nail. No one was seriously hurt and the arrestee was taken to Grady.
Nearby at 4 a.m. on northbound Moreland Avenue a motorist and passenger was fired at from a vehicle beside them – they suffered only superficial wounds and refused treatment. Road rage??

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Bellevue Drive, Briarcliff Place, North Highland Avenue, Lanier Boulevard, Greenwood Avenue (2), St. Charles Avenue and two botched attempts were reported from Virginia Avenue.

Auto Theft Recovery – No such reports from Beat 601

Commercial Burglary – No reports from Beat 601

Residential Burglary – Residences were broken into on Monroe Drive via a broken door window, North Highland Avenue via an unlocked back door (their dog was locked in the bathroom), Briarcliff Road via a pried open front door – the victim found the perp inside when she came home, asked for her laptop back, he returned it and fled on a bicycle, Orme Circle entered via a broken back window and cut himself on the glass (tsk!), evidently the alarm scared him off as nothing was reported taken.

Hopefully now that Charles Echols is behind bars – this rash of residential burglaries is over. BUT – if you still do not have double locks on your doors, make this change quickly. Just because your door is locked with a single lock – all someone has to do is break the window glass and reach in for entry.

Commercial Robbery – No such reports from Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No such reports from Beat 601

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered into on Bellevue Drive, Kentucky Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue (3), PDL Avenue (2), Amsterdam Walk, St. Charles Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, Drewry Street and hubcaps were taken off on PDL Place.

Homicide – On 8/16 at 10:15 p.m. a “person shot” call was made with the Barnett Street convenience store owner, “Mike” Moloo, being the victim, after an apparent robbery attempt. He was taken to Grady where he died. This investigation still continues. Please, if anyone happens to remember seeing or hearing anything that nite that could be of help in solving this case – e-mail Detective K. Otts at kotts@atlantaga.gov Homicide needs more help in solving this horrific murder.

A memorial facebook page is at htttp://www.facebook.com/RememberMikeMoloo

Larceny Other – Shoplifting was reported at Intown Hardware. An unwatched cellphone was taken from the DJ at the MJQ Club. A potential “customer” at ATL Motorcycles on PDL Avenue took a scooter for a test drive and never returned. An unwatched cellphone was taken from the front desk at Enyata Salon on North Highland Avenue – 2 teenage b/m had been in soliciting “funds for Grady High School football team” before the phone was discovered as missing. The CVS store caught a shoplifter. There were front porch package thefts on Virginia Avenue.

Nearby snatch and grabs continue to be a problem. A cellphone was snatched from a texting passenger of a car stopped at a traffic lite on North Avenue at 8 p.m. – a similar incident happened on this street at 3:15 a.m. A GBI employee had his phone snatched while he was pumping gas at 6:15 p.m. at a Boulevard gas station. At 1:15 p.m. a phone was snatched from a talking Merritts Avenue pedestrian and the same sort of thing happened to a PDL Avenue pedestrian near Parkway at 7:30 p.m. In EAV on Brownwood Avenue at 2 a.m. the victim stuck his phone out the door for a better signal and had it snatched. A group of teens asked an Eastlake pedestrian near Publix to borrow his phone and fled. An unwatched phone was taken from a table at Bessie Branham rec center in Kirkwood. I may have missed some of these reports – but hope you get the idea that cellphones need to be watched at all times, are not to be loaned to strangers wanting to borrow them and walking and texting/talking are verboten and keep your car windows rolled up while talking/texting at a traffic lite. “Used” cellphones can be easily sold for cash and quite obviously there is a good market for them. I would assume that those of you reading this report are taking steps to protect your cellphone – but PLEASE warn your friends and neighbors who are careless in protecting their cellphones.

Pedestrian Robbery – No reports from Beat 601

However, across the street at the PDL Avenue Publix store parking lot on 8/9 at 1:30 p.m. there was a purse snatching. The passing female who tried to intervene had a knife drawn on her and the perp fled on foot. He dumped the purse in a Cleburne Terrace backyard and kept running. He was spotted briefly on Linwood Avenue and led officers on a chase thru a section of Freedom Park and was finally captured in a Bonaventure Avenue backyard. The perp was on both Federal and Georgia parole. You can send a thank you to Officers Trombley, Larosa and Fisher for slogging thru the heavy rain that day on foot to make this capture at http://www.atlantapd.org/officercomment.aspx I’m sure they needed the rest of the day off to recover from all of that chasing!

Also nearby a Glen Iris apartment building resident was robbed of her car at gunpoint in the building’s parking garage at 1:30 p.m. – the perps were driving yet another stolen car to steal this one. A Ralph McGill Boulevard pedestrian was robbed of her purse by intimidation at 10:50 p.m. and also on this same street at 6:15 p.m. a pedestrian was robbed of her purse and cellphone at gunpoint.

Stay alert and keep ALL parked cars cleaned out at ALL times.

The Barnett Street Slaying

Thursday night, August 16th, saw a tragic snuffing out of a human life here in VaHi at the ATL FoodMart on Barnett Street. Rather than retyping the details – I’ll give links to the media stories about the senseless killing of Mushtaq “Mike” Moloo.

CBS AtlantaWSBAJCand this follow-up story from channel 46
Going along with this last story is a link I forgot to put into the last Safety Report about our additional police coverage

That same evening also saw another very similar tragedy in northwest Atlanta, when yet another well-liked businessperson’s, Vanessa Thrasher, life was ended.

There was a very well thought-out essay posted on the VaHi nextdoor message board, that I would like for the entire community to see and think about, written by Robert.

“Perhaps it’s time that we, as citizens, begin to accept our part of the blame for the surge of vagrants and thugs in the southern VaHi area. The police have noticeably increased marked patrols, but we are doing little to assist them in cleaning our own streets by believing we are helpless and too afraid to stop it ourselves. Our complete reliance on uniformed police and undercover patrols is proving to be destructive. Anyone that lives on St. Charles Avenue can sit outside for an hour and see the evidence.
There was an instance earlier this week of inappropriate, sexually-based activity in a supermarket where many of us go. A police officer, the store manager, and the entire neighborhood were all notified (via the vhlist), but nothing was ever said to the man causing the problem. I guarantee that loudly asking the man what he was doing, would have stopped him immediately, gotten more attention from the officer in the store, turned the heads of a few of the husbands and boyfriends whose partners were being openly disrespected. I don’t mean to bash the person involved in that instance, it’s just an example of what seems to be the overall neighborhood mentality of reliance on others to keep our lives orderly for us.
Two days ago a man that had no business in our neighborhood was rifling through a truck bed parked on St. Charles Avenue. Simply asking him what he was doing stopped him and sent him on his way. If he had a gun, would he have started shooting because someone noticed him? Possibly, but probably not. If no one had said anything would he have stolen something and continued coming to the neighborhood, escalating his activity with time? Almost certainly. Hopefully he will now know that the neighborhood is not an open field of frozen and frightened deer for the hunting, and he will take his activity elsewhere. The criminals interested in robberies and random violence are only here in the first place because we are perceived as easy targets.
Assuming that we’re helpless victims will be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but if we speak up as people that are responsible for what happens around us then we may start carrying our weight in our own lives.”

This neighborhood came together and was stronger than ever, after the December 2010 slaying on Virginia Avenue, and I expect the same outcome after this tragedy. Being more alert and aware is one way we can honor the life of Moloo.

Crime Reports

The following reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 (http://www.atlantapd.org/zone6.aspx ) crime stats for the 2012 weeks 30 and 31 (7/22 to 8/4). 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 level of awareness and alertness. The emphasis is on our Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Most of us are mobile and do not stay here in VaHi every day.

Aggravated Assault – There was a scary incident on 7/28 that I am surprised did not receive some attention, There were 3 pedestrians crossing North Highland Avenue @ Briarcliff Place at 9:40 p.m. when 2 were struck by a passenger car. After the collision, the passenger in the car got out and struck the male pedestrian victim in the face, the vehicle then drove on northward. The victims were not seriously hurt and refused treatment or a ride to Grady.

Auto Theft – No reported incidents from Beat 601

Auto Theft Recovery – No reported recoveries from Beat 601

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents from Beat 601

Residential Burglary – A rental house on Elkmont Drive was entered via a rear sliding glass door that evidently had been left unlocked. No signs of forced entry. A Monroe Drive home was entered via a broken window next to a door, with APD response due to an alarm. A Park Drive home was entered via an unlocked front door – no signs of forced entry. A Virginia Avenue home was entered by using an axe taken from the backyard tool shed to break a side window. All of these break-ins reported only small items being taken (or nothing at all at Monroe Drive) – no electronics or flatscreen tv sets. A report about the Virginia Avenue break-in at http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/19157160/atlanta-police-release-suspect-photo-in-virginia-ave-burglary
Morningside has also had several recent residential break-ins and a backyard security camera captured this pic of one of the intruders at -
http://xa.yimg/kq/groups/13292409/1724708672/name/BackYard_01.jpg Call 911 immediately if you see this guy wandering any of our neighborhoods with a physical description and which way he is traveling.

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 601

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Amsterdam Walk (2), Greenwood Avenue (3), North Highland Avenue (3), PDL Place, Virginia Avenue (this perp was caught via a 911 suspicious person call – thanx to this caller!), PDL Avenue (a license plate taken at the Open Door Community), and Maiden Lane (2) – one of these incidents was a bait operation in which officers placed a city-owned bicycle in the back of a city-owned pick-up truck. An arrest was made as the perp rode away on the bike – he also was on active probation.

Larceny Other – A chained bicycle was taken from a Drewry Street front porch. Small items (jewelry and collectables) were taken from homes on Virginia Circle and Rupley Drive, with workpersons suspected.
Elsewhere in the Zone – lots of activity. A male walked out of Green’s Liquor Store with 28 cartons of cigarettes (I can’t understand how that could have happened). A person was arrested at the check cashing store at PDL Avenue @ Boulevard for trying to cash a fraudulent check.

The following is a list of unwatched cell phones and wallets taken elsewhere in the Zone – a wallet and cell phone taken from the men’s room sink at Dad’s Garage on Elizabeth Street, a wallet from a JavaJive coffee shop table in L5P, a parking lot valet’s cellphone in L5P, a cell phone from a North Avenue laundromat, and a cell phone taken at a Boulevard Community Center.

Pedestrian Robbery – A female pedestrian on North Highland @ St. Charles Avenue had her purse snatched at 11:30 a.m. A witness alerted APD as the perp fled in his car. The car broke down on PDL Avenue @ Moreland Avenue and as he pushed it into the Exxon station – he was spotted by APD. The perp fled on foot, but was caught behind apartment buildings on Briarcliff Road with the stolen wallet on his person, which was returned to the victim. The victim was on her way to Van Michael Salon, so after this frightening incident, they did not charge her for her visit. We have kind and caring merchants in VaHi. There was another purse snatching on PDL Avenue at 12:30 a.m.

Elsewhere in the Zone – snatch and grabs of purses, wallets and cell phones continue. Stay alert when walking and no texting or talking on cell phones when walking. A Euclid Avenue pedestrian talking on her phone had it snatched by force at 9 a.m. A texting Poncey Highland pedestrian had his cell phone snatched on North Highland Avenue at 12:30 a.m. Another Poncey Highland pedestrian had her phone snatched at 6:30 p.m. A phone was snatched from the hand of a passenger in a Jeep Wrangler waiting for a traffic lite on Boulevard at 10 p.m. A baby sitter lost her phone in Coen Park at 4:30 p.m.
Do not loan your phone to someone who asks to make a call!!! This ruse was used to take phones on Edgewood Avenue at 3:20 p.m., inside Candler Park at 1:15 p.m., and on McLendon Avenue at 3:30 p.m. A cellphone was taken from a baby buggy in Candler Park – but these perps were caught. http://eastatlanta.patch.com/articles/police-arrest-youth-in-candler-park-mobile-phone-snatch-and-run
A pedestrian had her wallet snatched on Euclid Avenue as she was feeding a parking meter at 2 p.m.. Also on Euclid Avenue at 7:40 a.m. a purse was snatched and later found in Reynoldstown via a posting on their yahoo message board. A purse was taken by force on Flat Shoals Avenue in EAV at 11:30 p.m. Two females were robbed at gunpoint at 1:00 a.m. on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park and two females had their purses snatched on PDL Avenue in front of the Rite-Aid store at 12:30 a.m.

Slow down and stay alert while driving on our neighborhood streets now that school is back in session

Crime Report

The following reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 (http://www.atlantapd.org/zone6.aspx) crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 28 and 29 (7/8 thru 7/21). 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 level of awareness and alertness. The emphasis is on our VaHi Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Auto Theft – One vehicle stolen from Frederica Street

Auto Theft Recovery – No reported recoveries from Beat 601

Residential Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601
However there were at least 3 such incidents in the next week not on this report. These were daytime break-ins. Lock ALL doors and windows at your house before going to work in the daytime.

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
However at the SunTrust Bank in East Atlanta on Flat Shoals Avenue a would-be robber gave the teller a note stating “Give me yo money $500″ – the teller requested he fill out a withdrawal slip for that amount from his account. The wannabe robber left the bank with a withdrawal slip in his hand. No weapon reportedly shown.

Larceny From Vehicle – OK – here is where we have a BIG problem, not only here but all over Zone 6. Vehicles here were entered on Frederica Street, PDL Avenue, PDL Place, North Highland Avenue (4) and Greenwood Avenue (3). When filing a report for a break-in at the North Highland Avenue parking lot behind the American Roadhouse, Officer Bowser noted that out-of-the-area license plates are being singled out as opposed to local license plates, as these are more likely to have things to steal.

To give you an idea as to how BIG this problem is – in the two weeks of this report Zone 6 investigated 125 such break-ins!!! I would venture to guess that 75% (and probably more) of these incidents could have been prevented if there were no visible items left for stealing from these vehicles. If anyone has a fantastic idea as to how to curb these thefts by making more drivers aware – let me know. Yeah, we could have big signs all over the neighborhood stating that you have to park at your own risk since you are in a high crime area – but there has to be a better way to reach careless and unthinking drivers. The break-in incidents seem to be fewer in the parking lot behind the Post Office since owner Scott Stern let me put up a Clean Car Campaign banner at the back of that lot. Don’t know whether it is just luck or if folks really are reading that banner. These banners are about $100 if anyone else wants one for their off-street parking area – let me know.

Larceny Other – Two bicycles were stolen from a common area at a Greenwood Avenue apartment complex. Bikes need to be HIDDEN when not in use – not just propped up alongside the house. Yeah – your backyard or common area at condo/apartment complexes should be off-limits to unwanted visitors, but that is not the case anymore.
An unwatched purse was taken at a North Highland Avenue bar by another patron – with an arrest made. Another unwatched open-top purse at Noche had the billfold taken out.

Pedestrian Robbery – Two male pedestrians were walking away from Piedmont Park on Park Drive (west of Monroe) at 3 p.m. when another male pedestrian tried to take the backpack from one. A scuffle ensued as the victim fought back and he was cut on the wrist with a broken beer bottle. The perp fled on foot and the victims sought aid from a Monroe Drive resident who administered first aid and then called 911. The victim was taken to Grady for treatment. Thanks to the Monroe Drive resident who took care of these victims.

Nearby in L5P a purse was snatched at 5:30 a.m. in front of the Moreland Avenue Starbucks – the perp escaped in the darkness. An iPad was stolen from a bench-sitter at the Carter Center, and another purse was snatched from a Glen Iris Drive resident as she was walking to her apartment at 6:30 p.m. Two Masquerade patrons were robbed at gunpoint at 11:30 p.m. behind the PDL Avenue Kroger store.

Crime Report

The following reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 (http://www.atlantapd.org/zone6.aspx ) crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 26 and 27. 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 level of alertness and awareness. The emphasis is on our VaHi Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen on North Highland Avenue and a botched attempt on Barnett Street. The attempt though, left the car owners with a damaged ignition switch assembly.

Auto Theft Recovery – No reported recoveries in Beat 601

Residential Burglary – Incidents were reported on St. Louis Place with an ex-boyfriend suspected – Greenwood Avenue with entry via a rear window, with the screen removed and on Park Drive with entry via broken back door window.

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601. However there was a vicious home robbery on Estoria Street in Cabbagetown on 7/3 http://eastatlanta.patch.com/articles/parents-turn-in-alleged-cabbagetown-gunman

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601. However, nearby the North Highland Pub was robbed along with the patrons on 6/25 at 11:30 p.m. http://eastatlanta.patch.com/articles/atlanta-police-release-photo-of-one-north-highland-pub-robbery-suspect

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on PDL Place (2), St. Louis Place, and on Maryland Avenue where the license plate was stolen and replaced with another plate. Keep walking behind your vehicle every day or so to make sure you still have a license plate (or the right one). Remember the Clean Car Campaign and keep ALL parked cars cleaned out at ALL times and remind your careless friends and neighbors. We all pay for all of these incidents through our vehicle insurance premiums.

Larceny Other – A cell phone was taken from an unwatched purse at Atkins Park restaurant. A backpack and clothing were stolen from an unlocked storage area under the Druid Hills Presbyterian Church with the victim fingering a suspect who had been arrested on another charge earlier that same day. I am assuming this is some sort of service for homeless folks – am I right?

Around the Zone there were reports of more snatched cell phones – several at the Starbux on Moreland Avenue in L5P and at the San Francisco Coffee on DeKalb Avenue – with an arrest made. An unwatched cell phone was taken from the bar at The Albert on Austin Avenue in Inman Park. A phone was snatched from a texting driver who was waiting for a lite on Boulevard – the window was open quite obviously.

The PDL Avenue Kroger evidently has a couple of job openings now. One employee took $1143 in cash from a register and left before his shift ended. Another employee cashed out $1000 of gift cards and also took $100 from a register – then he had the nerve to come back in a few days to pick up his paycheck. When he was confronted he fled in a waiting car. The Wendy’s on Boulevard is missing $551 in cash taken by an employee who disappeared.

Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601.
However there was a nearby recent incident early on 7/22 – the story at http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/women-shot-robbed-near-inman-park-restaurant/nP2DJ/

Almost forgot to mention the forum at Inman School Tuesday evening 7/24 at 6:30 p.m. for candidates for our statehouse reps. Remember we now have two different house districts in VaHi. http://vahi.patch.com/articles/candidate-forum-set-for-tuesday-44e25533

Crime Report

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 22, 23, 24 and 25, Note that this is a month’s worth of crime, instead of the usual 2 weeks of reports. Again, I state these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your level of alertness. The emphasis is on our VaHi Beat 601, but with reports from around the Zone as they affect us.

Aggravated Assault – There was a domestic incident at a North Highland Avenue apartment.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Amsterdam Avenue, Greenwood Avenue (2), Barnett Street, and PDL Avenue

Auto Theft Recovery – No reported recoveries in Beat 601

Residential Burglary – A Rosedale Road residence was broken into via a brick thrown thru the living room window at 2:25 a.m. – the thief reached in and grabbed a laptop from a desktop and fled.

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601. Closeby, though, the Burger King on North Avenue was robbed at gunpoint and the perp fled on foot.

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Greenwood Avenue (3), North Highland Avenue (2), Maiden Lane (3 and all at the same time period), PDL Avenue (2) and catalytic converters were sawed off on Maryland Avenue and Highland View (2).
Yet another unwatched landscaper’s truck had tools taken on Springdale Road in Druid Hills. Please warn your lawncare guys of this danger.

Larceny Other – A cell phone was taken from a Hand in Hand employee while she was at work. A flat screen tv was stolen from a Briarcliff Summit apartment after the door was left open by exterminators, and the Rosemont 310 store on North Highland Avenue reported a shoplifting incident.
Nearby, $15,000 worth of checks and money orders were stolen from the rent drop box at CityScape apartments on North Avenue.

Now – the big problem all over Zone 6 (and elsewhere too), snatch and grabs from unsuspecting and unalert victims. Amazingly enough, there were only two such reported VaHi incidents in this 4 week period where one MJQ Club patron lost an unwatched purse off the bar and another lost a phone. But elsewhere in the Zone in this 4 week time period these thefts were rampant. At a North Highland Avenue Inman Park coffee shop a laptop, iPad and iPhone were snatched from a table. A Righteous Room patron lost an iPhone from a table. In the Old 4th Ward Park a Macbook, iPhone and purse were snatched. A cell phone was snatched from a Boulevard BP station gas pumper (http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/18700025/police-say-phone-thefts-on-the-rise ) A Ralph McGill pedestrian lost a phone. A phone was stolen from an outside table at El Azteca on PDL Avenue. Perps asked to use a phone at Moreland and Austin Avenues and fled on foot. A phone was stolen from a table at Fritti on North Highland Avenue. A phone was taken from a table at Willie’s Mexican Grill at the Edgewood Retail District. A Colquitt Avenue pedestrian in Inman Park lost a cell phone. A purse was stolen from the bar at the Yacht Club in L5P. Laptops were snatched from the Moreland Avenue Starbucks in two different incidents. A laptop was snatched from a table at the Poncey Highland San Francisco Coffee shop. A phone was snatched from a pedestrian at a bus stop at Boulevard and Ralph McGill. A phone was snatched from a table at Fox Brothers BBQ on DeKalb Avenue. A phone was snatched from a table at the Flat Iron restaurant in East Atlanta Village – the phone was in a case that also had the victim’s debit card and driver’s license. I urge all servers and employees at our many, many VaHi bars and restaurants to watch for patrons leaving their phones, laptops, purses, etc on their table or on the bar to kindly ask them to put those items out of sight in a pocket or sit on them. Cell phones and laptops are NOT status items anymore and do not have to be left out to impress other folks.

Pedestrian Robbery – There were two of these frightening incidents here in Beat 601 in this time period. On 5/30 at 2 a.m. a lone male pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint by two males on North Highland Avenue north of Virginia Avenue. No injuries reported. Then on 6/3 another lone male pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint near Glen Arden at 11:30 p.m. with no injuries reported. Please, please, if you have been having a few drinks at one of our many bars/restaurants and decide to walk home solo – DO NOT!!! Any of our responsible hospitality establishments will gladly see that you get some safe way home – this is why cabs are stationed here every nite.

Elsewhere and nearby in the Zone – there were several other such incidents. On 6/4 at 12:30 a.m. a lone male pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint on North Highland Avenue south of PDL Avenue. On 6/6 at 6:30 p.m. two joggers were robbed at gunpoint on a Freedom Park path. On 6/7 on Highland Avenue at Jackson Street a lone female was robbed at gunpoint. In Glenwood Park on Garrett Street a lone female pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint at 2:15 p.m.

Some of the lessons to take away from these reports – stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at ALL times. If your cell phone rings while you are walking – let it go and wait til you are in a place where you can talk and not risk having your phone snatched. We cannot talk on the phone and walk at the same time and stay alert – it just does not work. If you have had a few drinks and are tempted to walk home solo – please call a cab instead. Just look at that cab fare as an insurance policy, and don’t become a target.

Remember the Clean Car Campaign and keep your parked car cleaned out at ALL times.

Crime reports

A falling tree recently tore up a section of heavily used sidewalk on Virginia Avenue just west of PDL Place next to the Inman School playground. Alert resident Julie Knapp started to work on getting this repaired and was joined by David Berl – thanx to their persistent efforts, Public Works got this repaired before Summerfest.

Also, I got a report about from Uwe Nischan about the traffic-obscuring tall grass at Kanuga Street and Monroe Drive. I called Public Works and was told it could not be cut til sometime in June. Then I decided maybe I could cut it myself, but when I went to this location – the grass was already cut. Since it evidently was not Public Works that cut the grass – was there a good neighbor who took on this project?

The following reports are from our Zone 6 crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 17, 18 and 19. Again I state these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your level of alertness. Please note there are 3 weeks of reports instead of the usual 2 weeks.

Aggravated Assault – At 5 p.m. on the eastbound lanes of PDL Avenue, an officer was flagged down by a motorist who stated he was being followed by another motorist, who also stopped. Turns out the motorist who flagged down the officer was armed and had pointed his handgun at the other motorist after he had cut off the other in traffic. The armed motorist was arrested.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from St. Charles Place, Drewry Street and Adair Avenue.

Auto Theft Recovery – No reports from Beat 601

Residential Burglary – A Drewry Street residence was entered with no forced entry – possible via a key. The husband had keys taken from a gym locker, had his car unlocked and lost his wallet. There was nothing reported stolen – only that the intruder had defecated in a bathroom wastebasket.

Commercial Burglary – The Suntrust Bank branch inside the PDL Avenue Publix store was robbed at gunpoint at 2:30 p.m. with the perp fleeing on foot.

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 601

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Cooledge Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, Maiden Lane, North Highland Avenue (2), Rosedale Road, PDL Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. An unsuccessful attempt was made on Highland Green Way in the parking garage. The Amsterdam Avenue report was yet another theft from an unlocked lawn care truck. Please warn your landscaper and lawn care folks to keep all of their equipment locked at all times while they are working.

Larceny Other – The North Highland Avenue CVS store had a shoplifter and Real Chow Baby restaurant on PDL Avenue had two female patrons skip out on their check.
Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 6 shoplifters, and the Target store at Edgewood Retail District caught 5 non-payers.

Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 601

June Traffic Advisories – The Red Bull Soapbox Race will close down 10th Street between Myrtle Street and Monroe Drive from 9:30 a.m. on 6/8 til noon on 6/10.
Also PDL Avenue closings detailed at http://vahi.patch.com/articles/beltline-project-will-close-part-of-ponce-d4543c7c

Crime Report

The following reports are from our Zone 6 crime stats for the 2012 weeks 15 and 16, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat 601, but with news from around Zone 6 as it applies to us. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your level of alertness.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Arlington Place, Barnett Street, Briarcliff Place, and a scooter from Virginia Avenue. A vehicle was stolen from Cresthill Avenue and later found on Pine Street, N.E. More about auto thefts at -
http://eastatlanta.patch.com/articles/crime-report-in-zone-6-vehicle-larcenies-auto-thefts-are-up-year-to-date

Auto Theft Recovery – None reported in Beat 601

Residential Burglary – On Bellevue Drive at 11:00 p.m. the female resident was upstairs coming out of her child’s room when she spied an intruder on the first floor – he left when discovered taking 2 laptops, a purse and a cell phone. Entry was via a pried open front window.

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601. But in nearby Old 4th Ward at 2:30 p.m. at the Texaco at Boulevard @ Irwin Street, N.E. – the manager was ambushed beside the store on his way to the bank. He was shot twice in the leg and the bank bag containing $13,000 to $14,000 was taken. Let this be another warning to our area merchants to be very cautious making trips to the bank. There is a strong possibility that the manager had been watched before as he left for bank trips. Vary your bank trip times and routes and ALWAYS hide the bank bag in your clothing.

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Bonaventure Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, Maiden Lane, PDL Place, North Highland Avenue, Park Drive and “several” (probably seven) times on Cresthill Avenue (all on the nite of 4/10). The report was written in such a way that I do not know the exact number of Cresthill vehicles violated. The new way our Zone 6 crime stats are now written, I cannot tell you how many types of items were stolen all over the Zone.

Larceny Other – As an apparent act of malicious vandalism a North Highland Avenue front yard wood fence was damaged and partly stolen. In nearby Grant Park a resident discovered when preparing to file his income tax report, that his name and Social security number had been used to file a report and the refund check had already been issued to the fake filer. What a shock to find this out.

Pedestrian Robbery – At 2:35 a.m. on 4/21 a female Highland View resident was robbed at gunpoint on North Highland Avenue as she walked home solo. She was approached from behind – the perp grabbed her waist and took her wallet and cell phone. She was not physically harmed. If you are faced with a solo walk home after an evening at one of our many hospitality establishments – PLEASE ask an employee to get a cab for you.

Stay alert and keep ALL parked cars cleaned out at ALL times – if you don’t, chances are good that someone else will clean out your car for you and leave with you a broken window to fix!!

Enjoy Streets Alive! and Summerfest and all that our city has to offer – but if you See Something – Say Something and call 911 right away

Thanks to those who are keeping Maiden Lane clean

After the cleanup we had on Maiden Lane two years ago now – this street has stayed remarkably clean thanx to Rad Slough of Urban Body, Doug Mongee of Squeegee Sharks T-shirt Printing, Carlton Condos, and St. Charles Avenue Street Captain Mike Boyle. If there are others who are also working to keep this street clean – let me know so thanx can be made publicly. This street does not stay clean without some help.

Crime Reports

The following reports are from our Zone 6 crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 13 and 14, with emphasis on our Beat 601, but with news from around the zone as it applies to us. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from PDL Place and North Highland Avenue

Auto Theft Recovery – No such findings from Beat 601

Residential Burglary – A residence was entered on PDL Place via a kicked-in door

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Maiden Lane, Monroe Drive, North Highland Avenue (2), Briarcliff Place, Briarcliff Road, Park Drive and Amsterdam Walk. Of these 8 reported incidents, only three were VaHi residents – leaving 5 victims to tell their friends what a crime-ridden neighborhood this is. In this two-week time period all over Zone 6 there were – 16 laptops/notebooks swiped, 17 GPS systems taken, 6 I-pods taken, 4 more hand-guns added to the arsenal on the streets, 3 license plates unbolted (keep checking yours), 14 wallets and purses stolen (which represents a lot of credit/debit cards to be canceled and driver’s licenses to be replaced, etc.) 3 cameras taken, and, as usual, two reports of “nothing taken”. Of the 4 handguns taken – one ( a 40 caliber) from Euclid Avenue was used later in a shooting incident on Moreland Avenue and was subsequently recovered. Why legally buy a gun for robbery purposes when you can steal one?

My next report will have a much higher number of vehicle break-ins due to the spree someone had on Cooledge Avenue in week 15.

Larceny Other – No reported incidents in Beat 601 (this is amazing to me)

Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

I am thrilled at how many folks are telling me about plans being made for street or block parties this spring. This is Crime Prevention 101 – by just getting neighbors together to know each other in a social setting. To help and assist others who are planning such get togethers – if you have tips and ideas as to how to organize such events from your previous experience – send these to Eleanor Barrineau (ebarrineau@aol.com) so we can have a how-to list for those of you who are still in the thinking stage. We can learn from each other.

A New Way (at least to me) To Get Robbed

Thanx to Ron Rooks, Park Drive Street Captain, for passing on this alert from Georgia Tech. The following incident occurred at 10:40 p.m. just off Centennial Olympic Park Drive. “A non-student male stated that he was walking through Centennial Apartments near the leasing office when he heard a male voice screaming for help. He approached a male who was lying on the ground and bent down towards him. The male struck the victim’s back with a knife and removed cash from the victim’s pocket. The male was last seen running south through the apartment complex. The victim was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.” Park Drive resident Dan Smith suggests we should approach supposedly injured persons with extreme caution, telling them forcefully to show their hands before you get close to them. Or better yet – a 911 call for help would be prudent in this sort of situation. If there is a legitimate need for help – you will have summoned trained personnel for assistance and if it is a scam – the perp will “get well” and flee.

Crime Reports

The following reports are from our Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks of 10, 11, and 12 of 2012, with emphasis on our VaHi beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Note that this current report includes 3 weeks of stats instead of the usual 2 weeks. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to make plans to avoid situations whenever you can.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601.

But just south of here in Beat 602 on 3/19 @ 8:30 p.m. Officer Rebecca Bandy spied a male urinating in public on North Highland Avenue and stopped to make a public indecency arrest. Just as she got one cuff on the suspect he started to struggle, pulling down Officer Bandy and a good citizen intervened and helped to subdue the suspect til Officer Priest arrived to help. In the struggle Officer Bandy suffered a fractured tibia, which required surgery. She is now resting at home You can send get-well cards to Officer Rebecca Bandy at Zone 6, 2025 Hosea Williams Drive, S.E., ATL 30317. Just an example of what our officers have to put up with in the line of duty to protect us.

Auto Theft – No reported incidents in Beat 601.
What APD is doing to reduce these thefts at – http://www.facebook.com/AtlantaPolice/posts/393889853955216

Auto Theft Recovery – No recoveries reported in Beat 601

Residential Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601
There was yet another incident on Faith Avenue, S.E. where a doggie door was used for entry. Is it worth compromising your home’s security for the convenience of your pet?

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Park Drive (this victim was a GBI employee – wouldn’t you think they would know better than to leave their GPS in view?), North Highland Avenue (3), St. Charles Avenue (3), PDL Place (2), Maiden Lane, Virginia Avenue, PDL Avenue (2), Orme Circle, and Elmwood Drive. One of the North Highland incidents involved the loss of a laptop that was hidden (?) under the front seat – but the power cords were in plain sight.

This category of crime is way up here in Zone 6 and sadly, is a crime that can be prevented (for the most part), by simply remembering the Clean Car Campaign. Our officers spend a huge amount of time investigating and writing up these incidents – time that could be spent patrolling. Remind all visitors to clean out their parked car before enjoying time here in VaHi. We all have a responsibility to curb this crime category.

Landscaper trucks continue to be victims – with reports from Briarcliff Road and Lullwater Road (this victim even had his tools locked down with a bar and the bar was pried up for this theft). There was also a similar Morningside incident.
To see how serious this crime category is – all around the Zone in this 3 week time period there were 26 GPS systems taken, 34 laptops/tablets stolen, 3 more pistols added to the arsenal on the street as well as a hunting knife, 20 purses/wallets taken along with the contents, which represents a lot of ATM and credit/debit cards to be canceled, 10 I-Pods stolen, 12 cellphones gone, 11 backpacks with their contents swiped,and 6 cameras taken. There were also reports of one vehicle losing all 4 tires/wheels and another losing two tires/wheels – with the vehicles left propped up on bricks/cement blocks. Not much can be done about this sort of theft though unfortunately.

Larceny Other – A locked and chained bike was taken from Barnett Street. At the Briarcliff Summit building a resident lost a debit card to a visiting “friend”. I have been told this building’s sale to Evergreen is still on target for a May or June closing.
All around the Zone in this time period cell phones continue to be snatched from unaware owners – from restaurant tables, the sushi bar at the Edgewood Kroger and distracted pedestrians (including a skateboarder at Coan Park). Keep those phones in your pocket when not in use. I continually see pedestrians talking on their phones as they walk and are oblivious as to what is going on around them and I am sure you see the same thing.

Copper thieves continue on their rampage stealing A/C units, copper piping, electrical wires – mostly out of empty residences. No reports here in 601 yet.

Nearby in Zone 2 at the HobNob restaurant on Piedmont Avenue a “patron” took a laptop from behind the bar and at Ru San restaurant also on Piedmont – 5 males ran up a $121 tab and then left without paying.

Pedestrian Robbery – At the ATM at PDL Avenue at PDL Place at 9:30 p.m. the victim was approached by the perp who demanded money (no weapon shown) – the victim withdrew $300 and gave it up to the thief who fled on foot towards Maiden Lane.
South of here at 8:30 p.m. a victim was robbed at knife point behind the Edgewood Lowe’s store – the perp was caught using the stolen credit card at the nearby Target store right after the robbery.

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks 8 and 9 of 2012, with emphasis on our VaHi beat 601 – but with news from around the Zone as it affects us in some way. Again, I state these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to raise your level of awareness as to what happens around us everyday.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Auto Theft – One vehicle was stolen from Greenwood Avenue.

Nearby in Inman Park on Alta Avenue a workman left his keys on the seat of his pickup at 2 p.m. – only to return 15 minutes later to find an empty parking space.

Auto Theft Recovery – No such reports from Beat 601

Residential Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

However, nearby in the 4th Ward, there was the high profile robbery of the Sugar Coated Radical candy shop on Howell Street along with the grocery store owner murder. http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/video-released-of-suspect-1359798.html

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on PDL Avenue, Frederica Street, and St. Charles Avenue (2 – one of which was a catalytic converter theft).

All around the Zone in this time period, there were 11 GPS systems stolen, 8 laptops gone, as well as a paper drive-away license tag, 2 more hand guns added to the arsenal on the streets, 3 I-Pods taken, 5 cell phones lifted, 5 purses/wallets taken along with the contents, and a Sawz-All taken – which seems to be the tool of choice to cut off catalytic converters – of which there were 3 stolen. Learn more about catalytic converter thefts at http://www.nationwide.com/catalytic-converter-theft.jsp

At the Cactus Car Wash on PDL Avenue – the victim left a credit card in his car’s console and yeah – you guessed it. This car wash does have security cameras though and the perp was caught later.

At 3 p.m. in the Edgewood Retail District parking lot a just-purchased tv set from Best Buy was stolen from the purchaser’s car. Need I say anything about going right home after making such a purchase and not making more shopping stops? Most any shopping center parking lot has folks just watching for opportunities

Larceny Other – The CVS on North Highland Avenue had 4 bottles of perfume stolen, but the guy got away in a car.

Around the Zone in this time period there were 4 more reports of a/c units stolen from vacant houses/apartments. There were 5 reports of stolen bicycles left unlocked on front porches, back yards, and patios. Keep those bikes hidden behind doors or at least locked at all times – they are a magnet for thievery. One bike though was taken from a locked rack on Highland Avenue in the 4th Ward. There were also 2 reports of unchained motorized scooters taken from front porches.

This report takes the cake! The PDL Avenue Publix manager stated to the responding officer there was an unresponsive male locked in a men’s room stall. The officer located the arrestee passed out on the toilet with his pants down to his knees, with an empty bottle of cooking sherry next to him. Of course, Grady had to be summoned to take him to their detention facility to sober up.

Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601.

Nearby though at 5:30 a.m. on Blue Ridge Avenue in Poncey-Highland a motorist stopped to look under the hood of his car after the “check engine” lite came on. He was robbed by physical force by 3 males who fled in a car. A bicycle riding teenager alongside Central Park was robbed at gunpoint at 10:30 p.m. – his cellphone, pocket cash and empty wallet was taken. The thief gave back his wallet after finding it to be empty. An incident at the Boulevard BP is explained at http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/video-shows-men-watching-waiting-rob-store-custome/nLNfm/

Crime Reports

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks 6 and 7 of 2012, with emphasis on our Beat 601 – but with news from all around the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I state these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us every day.

  • Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Auto Theft – A scooter was stolen from a Briarcliff Road parking lot, a vehicle taken from the Carlton Condo’s secured parking garage on Highland Lane and a pickup truck taken from Highland View.
  • Auto Theft Recovery – No reported findings in Beat 601
  • Commercial Burglary – The One stop Cleaners on PDL Avenue was entered via a broken glass door with only an empty cash register taken.
  • Residential Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601. Around the Zone though in this time period entry was made via kicked-in doors 3 times.
  • Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were entered on Kanuga Street (2), St. Charles Avenue, Highland Lane (in the Carlton parking garage), Virginia Avenue and PDL Avenue (2). One of the Kanuga Street victims was able to track her stolen cell-phone with a GPS system and retrieve it from a dumpster on North Avenue. Bet she won’t leave the phone in the car anymore.

    All around the Zone in this time period auto break-ins resulted in 6 I-Pods stolen, 7 laptops taken, 5 cameras swiped, 4 cell phones stolen, 10 GPS systems torn out, and 10 purses/wallets taken along with the contents and 4 more handguns and a lot of ammo added to the arsenal already on the streets. One license plate was taken and replaced with another stolen one (keep checking your plate). Three catalytic converters were also sawed off from a Honda Element, a Toyota Tundra and a Nissan Frontier – all vehicles high enough off the ground to easily slip under for quick sawing.

  • Larceny Other – A St. Charles Avenue resident was loading baggage into his car at 1 a.m., left one bag on the ground next to the car to go back into his house for a few minutes and when he came back out – you guessed it! Not a great way to start a trip. One hundred gallons of used cooking oil was stolen from the storage tank behind Chow Baby restaurant on PDL Avenue – interesting in that this used product had no appreciable value just a few years ago, now it is worth stealing.
  • Other incidents from around the Zone – 2 males were caught and arrested after taking 3 rolls of t.p. from the MLK Center. A traffic stop on Somerset Terrace yielded a stolen license plate sticker taken from Ralph McGill Boulevard in January with an arrest made. A guest hid cash and his I.D. under the mattress at the Stratford Inn on Parkway Drive – yep, you guessed it. At the Edgewood Kroger store a perp ate a box of salad bar food as she walked around the store and was caught and arrested as she attempted to leave the store without paying. I would assume that Glass, Inc. on Glen Iris Drive has one less employee after he was sent to pick up 4 windshields from a supplier – but took 3 of them to his home and only brought one back to the shop. I guess there is a market for hot windshields somewhere.
  •  Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • There were two incidents elsewhere in the Zone involving selling to strangers. At 2:30 a.m. the victim was waiting in an East Atlanta playground to sell a cell phone – the “buyer” showed up armed and took the phone and fled. At 9:45 p.m. the victim was waiting to sell a pair of Jordan shoes in a parking garage on Highland Avenue to a buyer he met on facebook – the “buyer” was also armed and took the shoes and fled. I’ll reserve any comments about meeting strangers after dark in hidden areas to sell articles.

Stay alert and stay safer

John

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks 4 and 5 of 2012, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat 601 – but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday.

  • Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601. But elsewhere in the Zone, an assault victim on Memorial Drive @ Third Avenue at 1 a.m. had an active warrant out for him from Rockdale County for child neglect. Whoops!!
  • Auto Theft – A Jaguar was stolen from Maiden Lane between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • Auto Theft Recovery – No such reported findings in Beat 601
  • Residential Burglary – A report from the 700 block of Virginia Avenue with no forced entry – possibly via a basement door (unlocked I assume) with 2 roommates at home at the time. Only one 42" flatscreen tv stolen, with other electronics bypassed – between 12:30 and 2:30 a.m.
  • Commercial Burglary – The Virginia Highland Church on Virginia Avenue was broken into via broken glass in a side door. The thief left two empty wine bottles and a blanket.
  • Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Greenwood Avenue, North Highland Avenue (3), Adair Avenue (catalytic converter theft), PDL Avenue, St. Charles Avenue, Drewry Street, Park Drive, PDL Place and Maiden Lane (3) – two of which were at lunchtime. Of these 13 reported incidents – 8 of the vehicle owners were from outside VaHi.

    All around the Zone in this time period, there were 14 GPS systems taken out, 14 laptops stolen, 3 cellphones taken, 7 cameras lifted, 6 I-pods taken, 4 catalytic converters sawed off (including the Adair Avenue loss) 4 license plates unbolted (keep checking yours), one more handgun added to the arsenal on the streets, and SEVEN purses stolen, of course along with all the contents.

    On Wylie Street, S.E. in Cabbagetown another delivery truck theft – this time losing 9 cases of alcohol at noon. The driver forgot to lock the truck this time. I have a feeling this should be the last time he forgets to lock his truck. Read more on Facebook and WSB-TV.
     

  • Larceny Other – At the North Highland Avenue Chevron store, the victim left his 9mm handgun and 17 rounds of ammo on the t.p. holder in the men's room and, of course, when he came back it was gone. At the PDL Avenue Kroger, a clever thief (or so he thought) tore the side of the 30 can beer box, scanning only one can for payment – but he got caught. At the Piedmont Avenue Publix a shoplifter with a 6-pack of malt liquor in his pants got caught – guess he thought no one would notice? At the Edgewood Retail District Kroger a shoplifter used her baby stroller (complete with baby) to hide 16 bottles of alcohol – but got caught. Sad that someone has to use their baby to shoplift their booze. A/C and copper pipe thefts still continue around the Zone – still mostly from empty houses and apartments. Please keep a close watch on empty houses in your area.
     
  • Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601 Nearby on Boulevard @ Angier Avenue, N.E. at 1 p.m. a pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint and pistol whipped – this victim had an active warrant out for him from Henry County. Another whoops!! Remember the Clean Car Campaign and keep ALL parked cars cleaned out at ALL times – if you don't keep your car cleaned out, the chances are very good someone else will do it for you and leave you with a broken window or door lock to replace as well!!! Please remind our VaHi visitors of this rule and this includes our businesses gently reminding their patrons. 

Stay alert and stay safe!

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from the APD Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 2 and 3 of 2012, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat 601 – but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Once again, I state that these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to raise your level of awareness as to what happens around us everyday.

  • Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Auto Theft – Two reported such incidents – both happened at the Virginia Highland Apartments parking lot on Virginia Avenue.
  • Residential Burglary – A St. Charles Avenue residence was entered via a doggie door. Is this convenience for your dog worth compromising the security of your home? Yeah – it’s a small entry way, but remember these thieves are skinny, An arrest was made of this perp.All around the Zone in this time period – entry was made to residences via a kicked-in door three times.
  • Commercial Burglary – The well publicized burglaries of the new 310 Rosemont clothing store on North Highland Avenue, two nites in a row, were the only incidents in Beat 601. Entry was via broken front glass and only True Religion jeans and other apparel were taken. Not a good welcome for a new business. The story at http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/blue-jean-bandits-hit-1305133.html
  • Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were broken into on Arlington Place, North Highland Avenue (4), St. Charles Avenue, and Briarcliff Road. Of these 7 reported incidents, 6 of the owners were from outside of VaHi. PLEASE remind your visitors to clean out their parked car before enjoying time here, and this includes our businesses.
  • All around the Zone in this time period – there were 10 cell phones lifted, 9 laptops stolen, 4 license plates unbolted (keep checking to make sure you still have a plate), FIFTEEN GPS systems ripped out, 3 catalytic converters sawed off, 5 I-Pods stolen, and three more firearms added to the arsenal on the streets (one was already loaded and ready to fire). Two more liquor delivery trucks had the locks cut on the back door while they were making deliveries.
  • Larceny Other – A bicycle was stolen from a 2nd floor apartment balcony on Virginia Avenue – yeah these guys can shinny up a floor. A Rosedale Road resident reported a car cover, a wheelbarrow and large solid rocks stolen. Rocks? – yes that is what the report stated. A/C units continue to be stolen around the Zone – 6 were taken in two nites from the Graveyard Tavern on Glenwood Avenue, S.E. in East Atlanta Village.

    There is a scrap metal bill now in the Georgia House that deserves support. There is no indication that the price of copper and other metals is going to drop in price – so this type of theft will continue without deterrents.

  • Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601 – But nearby in Zone 6 – in Inman Park at 3:10 a.m. on North Highland Avenue at Washita Avenue a female pedestrian (with friends) had her purse snatched by a lone male pedestrian who fled on foot. In the 4th Ward at 4:30 a.m. a lone male was robbed by 3 males of $850 at the corner of Boulevard and North Avenue. I’m going to refrain from any comments about being at that corner at that time of morning with $850 in your pocket.

Remember the CLEAN CAR CAMPAIGN, and keep ALL parked cars cleaned out at ALL times. If you don’t clean out your car – chances are someone else will!!

Again, I suggest that our neighborhood businesses post a gentle reminder on their front door to remind their patrons to clean out their parked cars. No – this is not meant as a scare to your patrons, but that customer who returns to their car to find the window broken will not think well of VaHi and may never drive in from Villa Rica or Lawrenceville again.

Crime reports

Now – The Bad News
The new Rosemont clothing store on North Highland Avenue was the victim of smash-and-grab burglaries two nites in a row this week. The story at – http://www.ajc.com/news/
atlanta/blue-jean-bandits-hit-1305133.html Youthful gang activity is suspected – but no known arrests as of this writing.

The following reports are gleaned from the Zone 6 crime stats for week 53 of 2011 and week 1 of 2012, with emphasis on our Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to 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 level of alertness.

  • Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Auto Theft – One vehicle was reported stolen from Hudson Drive
  • Auto Theft Recovery – No reported findings in Beat 601
  • Residential Burglary – There were two reported incidents, both on Highland View and next door to each other on New Year’s Eve. One residence was entered via a pried open bedroom window and the other via a broken glass door window. If you have windowed doors without an inside keyed lock – you are also very vulnerable for an easy entry to your home. It’s so easy to smash the window and reach in to unlock the door – change those locks NOW!There was also an attempted front door kick-in on Park Drive, while the residents were at home watching tv at 7:30 p.m. The perp was scared away when the residents heard the noise and investigated. The front porch lite was not on and that day’s mail had not been taken from the mailbox either.

    This is a good time to honestly assess your outdoor lighting and get those dark areas lit up EVERY NITE. All around the Zone in this two-week time period entry was made to residences via kicked-in doors six times.

  • Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601South of here the Zesto’s restaurant on Moreland Avenue was robbed at gunpoint at10:30 p.m. by one perp, who knew the code keys to open both cash registers and also cleaned out the unlocked safe. A note to local businesses – change the code on your cash registers on a regular basis and if you have a safe – keep it locked. Someone had to let this perp know how to open the registers – disgruntled former employee?
  • Larceny From Vehicle – Only 3 reported incidents – on Briarcliff Place, Virginia Avenue and the North Highland Avenue parking lot behind the post office. This last incident was a jack-pot for the perp – he (or she) found a laptop, an I-Pad and two cameras visible thru the vehicle windows at 8:45 a.m. I guess that this victim did not see the Clean Car Campaign banner I have posted in this parking lot, or think that it applied to him.All around the Zone in this time period there were FOUR handguns stolen (as well as a holster and 2 magazines), twelve laptops taken, two I-pads lifted, four GPS systems torn out, eight cell phones stolen, two license plates unbolted (keep checking yours) and two reported cases of all 4 tires/wheels taken off vehicles.
  • Larceny Other – The North Highland Avenue CVS store reported a shoplifter who escaped on foot, and was not caught.
  • All around the Zone there were 3 different reports of items found missing on New Year’s Day after the victims had hosted New Year’s Eve parties – know who the guests are at your next party. All around the Zone there were reports of 22 a/c units being stolen – 19 of them from one apartment complex on Flat Shoals Road, S.E.
  • Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601But elsewhere in the Zone there were two separate incidents (one on Boulevard and one on Memorial Drive) of pedestrians busy talking or texting on their cell phones and lost them to robbers. At 2:15 a.m. a lone pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint on Colquitt Avenue in Inman Park. On 1/6 at 2:30 a.m. on Highland Avenue in Inman Park/Fourth Ward two patrons of Jack’s Pizza were robbed at gunpoint.

See Something – Say Something If you see some sort of suspicious activity or persons – please let APD know with a quickly placed 911 call. We live here and know what is normal and what is NOT normal activity – we are all responsible for the protection of ourselves and our neighbors and a 911 call is an easy way to help APD.

Stay alert and stay safer!
John

Crime reports

The 12/30/2011 Monroe Drive Carjacking/Kidnapping Incident

This very recent incident is chronicled here and here. This episode very clearly illustrates how guns taken during car break-ins can end up in the hands of teenagers who would not have the wherewithal to buy them legally.

Crime reports gleaned from APD Zone 6 crime stats

The following reports are gleaned from the Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 51 and 52 of 2011, with emphasis on our Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Once again, I state that these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware and alert as to what happens around us everyday.

  • Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601. There were 9 such reports though from around the Zone in this time period and all involved family members or folks who knew each other. Great news during the holiday season of good-will to men – right?
  • Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Greenwood Avenue, Briarcliff Place, Frederica Street, Virginia Avenue, St. Charles Avenue, Brookridge Drive and from the garage at the Briarcliff Summit on PDL Avenue.
  • Auto Theft Recovery – No reported findings in Beat 601
  • Residential Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601. Around the Zone in this time period entry was made to 5 residences via a kicked-in door. On Bryan Street, S.E. entry was made via a removed window a/c unit.
  • Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
  • Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601.

    Nearby, the L5P Pharmacy on Moreland Avenue was entered via a broken front window and 5 bottles of codeine cough medicine were taken. At the Hill Street Tavern on Decatur Street at 4:20 a.m. a perp was caught coming out of the shattered door he had broken to gain entry with bottles of booze in hand. He was taken to Grady complaining of a knee injury – guess who probably paid for his hospital visit? I would doubt that many thieves have insurance.

    The Bombay Gal store on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park was entered via a smashed front glass door. There was not an alarm or camera – I realize this is a big expense for a small clothing store – but a necessary one in these times.

  • Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601.

    Yet another coffee shop incident – this time at Drip Coffee Shop at 9 a.m. on Garrett Street, S.E. in Glenwood. Several males entered with a gun and ordered everyone to “get down” and took laptops, cell phones, etc as well as cash from the business and fled. Alert patrons quickly called 911 and two arrests were made with recovery of some of the stolen items.

    The Dairy Queen on North Avenue in the Old 4th Ward was robbed at gunpoint by two males at 8 p.m. fleeing on foot.

  • Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on St. Charles Avenue, Frederica Street, Bonaventure Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue (4) and a Honda Element had the catalytic converter sawed off on Brookridge Drive. Five VaHi visitors learned not to leave items in their cars in our neighborhood – five people that have a bad impression of our neighborhood now.
  • All around the Zone in this time period there were 6 GPS systems stolen, SIXTEEN laptops taken, 6 I-Pods swiped, 4 I-Pads taken, one license plate unbolted, one box of ammo taken (probably to be used in a stolen firearm), the one case of a sawed-off catalytic converter, and on Manigault Street, S.E. in Reynoldstown – all 4 tires/rims were unbolted and taken.
  • Larceny Other – A club patron at an unnamed PDL Avenue establishment was pickpocketed, but confronted possible suspects outside and two arrests were made.

    At the Bank of America on PDL Avenue, a careless customer left two cell phones on the counter and they were stolen. Keep those phones in your pocket – they are not a status symbol anymore that have to be shown to the world.
    And on Eden Avenue, S.E. in Ormewood a Nativity scene was stolen from a front yard – it seems to happen every year somewhere.

  • Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601. But on Colquitt Avenue in Inman Park at 11:00 p.m. 4 pedestrians were approached by two males who asked to use a cell phone, and then robbed them at gunpoint of the phones and wallets.

Outdoor holiday lites made a lot of houses much brighter at nite this past season – but these houses will now return to being hidden in darkness. Take a serious look at your house and see where permanent lighting could improve the safety of your home year-long. Especially make sure your house number is lit for quick identification for first responders in the dark of the nite. The life you save could be your own by letting first responders know where they have been called to.

Keep your parked car cleaned out at all times – or someone else will do it for you !!

Happy New Year!

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the 50th week of 2011, with emphasis on our Beat 603 (we are now Beat 601 as of 12/13) , but with news from around all of Zone 6 as it applies to us. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to raise your level of awareness of the things that happen around us everyday. Week 51 will be the first report from our changed Zone 6.

  • Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents from Beat 603
  • Auto Theft – No reported incidents from Beat 603

    But nearby at the Intown Suites Motel on Piedmont Circle – the security guard reported his own vehicle stolen from this parking lot

  • Auto Theft Recovery – No reports from Beat 603
  • Residential Burglary – No reported incidents from Beat 603

    All around Zone 6 in this one week, 6 residences were entered via a kicked-in door. Two incidents in the Zone this week represent the difference good neighbors can make. A neighbor of a burglarized Wimbledon Road, N.E. residence reported hearing noises, but did not investigate – while alert neighbors on Clay Street, S.E. called 911 about a burglary in progress and got pix of the perp’s car as it fled (the car turned out to be stolen).

  • Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents from Beat 603
  • Residential Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 603
  • Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 603
  • Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on PDL Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue (2) and Park Drive. One of the PDL Avenue incidents and the report from Park Drive were from landscaping companies reporting the loss of unlocked and unwatched equipment from the back of their trucks. Warn your yard service guys of the danger of not locking up all of their equipment while working. There were three such incidents reported this week.

    All around the Zone in this week alone there were FOURTEEN lap tops stolen, one catalytic converter sawed off, 4 I-pods taken, 2 I-pads swiped, two more GPS systems pulled out, another license plated unbolted, and yet another handgun added to the arsenal on the streets. This all happened in just one week Zonewide!!

  • Larceny Other – The Bill Hallman store on North Highland Avenue reported that a well-dressed “customer” gathered up $2000 worth of clothes, and after it was all bagged up, but before paying, he grabbed the bags and tried to flee. The bags were grabbed back by an alert and diligent employee – but the perp escaped.
  • Pedestrian Robbery – No reported incidents from Beat 603 and this is good!

    But nearby on Lenox Road near Woodland Avenue a lone male pedestrian was robbed at gunpoint at 9:45 p.m.

Continue to stay alert while enjoying this holiday season and keep your parked car cleaned out at ALL times – also warn your visitors about the Clean Car Campaign.

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks 48 and 49, 2011, with emphasis on our Beat 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I state these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to raise community awareness and alertness about the things that happen around us everyday.

  • Aggravated Assault – No Reported Incidents in Beat 603
  • Auto Theft – No Reported Incidents in Beat 603
  • Auto Theft Recovery – No Reported Cases in Beat 603
  • Residential Burglary – No Reported Incidents in Beat 603
  • Commercial Burglary – No Reported Incidents in Beat 603
  • Residential Robbery – No Reported Incidents in Beat 603
  • Commercial Robbery – No Reported Incidents in Beat 603
  • Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were broken into on PDL Place, Maiden Lane, Greenwood Avenue (2), Virginia Avenue, North Highland Avenue and Bonaventure Avenue The Bonaventure victim stated he had left the window slightly rolled down – but saw the perps running, called 911 and after a chase the perps were caught. This resident was very lucky to get his camera, bookbag and laptop returned.
  • All around the entire Zone in this time period there were 5 catalytic converters sawed off, 5 laptops stolen, 5 cell phones swiped, eleven GPS systems removed, another hand gun added to the arsenal on the streets, 3 license plates were unbolted, and one car lost 3 tires/rims.
    Keep walking behind your car on a regular basis to make sure you still have your license plate.
    On Johnson Road in Morningside a lawn care firm had the locks cut on their parked trailer while mowing and lost several pieces of equipment.
  • Larceny Other – A Virginia Avenue bar patron left her purse on the counter to talk to friends – and yep – you guessed it!! The Monroe Drive rental office lock box for rent checks that was rifled as reported in the last report – reported that 2 money orders taken were cashed.
    In East Atlanta a lawn care firm lost power equipment when they left them on the front lawn while they worked elsewhere on the property. And this had to happen somewhere this holiday season – inflatable Christmas decorations were stolen from a lawn in East Atlanta.
  • Pedestrian Robbery – No Reported Incidents in Beat 603
    But nearby at the Monroe Drive Wachovia across from Ansley Mall, a patron was leaving with his money bag tucked under his arm, and it was snatched (after a struggle) with the perp running across the street to Ansley Mall and escaping in a car. The victim lost $300. Interestingly enough, the perp had been inside the bank trying to cash a fraudulent check and inadvertently left his ID and debit card behind. No arrest has been made yet. I would assume he is hiding somewhere, but he’ll have to surface sometime.

An interesting link was posted today on the 4th Ward Alliance message board about work and progress at Ponce City Market.

Stay alert and enjoy this wonderful holiday season in our wonderful neighborhood, keeping your cell phones hidden in your clothing as you walk.

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 crimes stats for the weeks of 45, 46 and 47 of 2011, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I repeat, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to raise your level of awareness and alertness to incidents that happen around us everyday.

Aggravated Assault – On 11/5 at 10:00 p.m. a male resident of the Briarcliff Summit building was going to Publix when he was asked for money by a 30-something b/m – a request he declined. Upon leaving and crossing at the traffic lite at the library, he was jumped and stabbed in the left thigh – not apparent as to whether the perp was also the one who asked for money.

Auto Theft – A locked scooter was stolen from the Briarcliff Summit building, and vehicles were taken from Greenwood Avenue, and St. Charles Place. Vehicles with keys left in the vehicle were stolen from Cheshire Bridge Road and South PDL Avenue.

The APD auto theft task force left a car with the keys inside at a Candler Road, S.E. gas station and watched as it was stolen. They deactivated the car a couple of blocks away and arrested the thief. I’d love to watch this task force in action sometime.

Auto Theft Recovery – No reports in Beat 603

Residential Burglary – An under-construction home on Amsterdam Avenue was entered and copper items stolen.

All around the Zone in this 3 week time period 12 residences were entered via kicked-in doors. Also – a dog door was used for entry on Hilburn Drive, S.E.

Commercial Burglary – No reports in Beat 603

Residential Robbery – No reports in Beat 603

Commercial Robbery – No Reports in Beat 603

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were entered on Greenwood Avenue, Amsterdam Walk (2), North Highland Avenue, Orme Circle, and Briarcliff Road. License plates were taken from Amsterdam Avenue and Briarcliff Terrace, and a catalytic converter was sawed off from a parked PDL Avenue vehicle.

All around the Zone in this 3 week time period there were TWENTY laptops taken, 3 I-pads taken, 3 license plates unbolted, 3 catalytic converters sawed off, 12 GPS systems stolen, 9 I-pods taken, and four more hand guns added to the arsenal on the streets.

Larceny Other – The North Highland Avenue CVS caught a shoplifter. Rent checks were taken from a Monroe Drive drop box. At a Drewry Street under renovation – personal items are missing. On PDL Place the driver left behind a flat tire on the rim after replacing it and when they came back it was gone. (Surprised?) Bicycles were stolen from Park Drive and PDL Avenue. At an unnamed North Highland Avenue business a patron hung his coat on a coat rack and asked a stranger to watch it for him – yes, the stranger and his coat were gone when he returned along with his I-pod, driver’s license and debit card.

Pedestrian Robbery – No Reports in Beat 603

However, on 11/11 at 7:45 p.m. on Hurt Street in Inman Park two females were robbed at gunpoint by two males, and on 11/5 a lone male on Euclid Avenue was robbed at gunpoint by a lone male at 2:15 a.m. And on 11/19 at 7:30 p.m. on Wylie Street in Cabbagetown 4 pedestrians were robbed at gunpoint by two males with one of the victims being pistol whipped. Yeah – they are still out there – so be very aware when you are on foot.

Use a lot of common sense while enjoying this holiday season and stay safe. Keep your locked parked car cleaned out at ALL times, and don’t wait til you are parked in a busy lot to “hide” things in your trunk (someone will be watching).

Community Safety Meeting November 15th, 2011

Another reminder to mark your calendars for 11/15/2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA on North Highland Avenue with Major Dalton from Zone 6 and Major Browning from Zone 2. Sometime in December, the area north of Amsterdam Avenue is slated to become part of Zone 2, as part of APD’s long ago announced redistricting plan.

Thanx to Councilman Alex Wan for organizing this session and he stated – ” There have been a number of serious crimes that have occurred in our neighborhoods recently. Additionally, the approaching holidays are a period when we tend to see increased criminal activity. I felt this would be a good time to have a discussion on public safety in our neighborhoods and an opportunity to have everyone’s questions answered. Plus we as a community need to know how we can work together to deter this activity from our neighborhoods.”

Notes from this meeting will be compiled by Rosedale Drive Street Captain Kay Stephenson. If you note significant items to be stressed to all folks who are not in attendance – please pass them on to Kay at kay.stephenson@gmail.com These notes will be passed on to the community in my next report. I will not be able to attend due to a long-planned obligation – so take good notes.

The Recent Los Angeles Avenue Armed Robbery

This much talked about incident occurred about 8 p.m. on 10/19 on Los Angeles Avenue just west of North Highland Avenue. Our Officer Woolfolk was on duty at the time and told me “I was right around the corner when it occurred. After receiving the call from 911, I arrived on the scene within three minutes – that’s how close I was to the incident. Needless to say, I felt terrible I didn’t run right into the perpetrators as they were fleeing the scene.” Two w/f were robbed at gunpoint by two b/m (described as thin, 6’0″ to 6’2″ and wearing jeans and baggy sweatshirts). Victim stated they spoke in a somewhat passive and begging tone as if they didn’t want to chance anything going wrong, where they would have to use force. The perps fled on foot and there were no physical injuries reported. Another similar robbery with w/f victims and similar descriptions of the b/m perps occurred 25 minutes before just south of here in Beat 604.

Major Dalton had already placed additional patrol cars on duty here, in L5P, Inman Park, and East Atlanta where similar incidents have also occurred. In Zone 5 to the west of us – additional patrols are also on duty in Midtown where they have also had several armed pedestrian robberies. No – this is not just a VaHi problem.

Officer Woolfolk urges pedestrians to be very vigilant, and aware. This means if you have a need to talk on your cell phone, pause to take the call – then continue walking after hanging up. Don’t be perceived as an easy target.

Enjoy your Halloween weekend and stay safe.

Halloween Weekend Events

This will be a busy weekend for family activities.

Saturday morning from 9 to 11 there will be a cleanup in Orme Park – bring your gloves, trimmers and pruners to clear out invasive shrubs and enhance the recent repainting of the bridge.

Saturday afternoon at 4 – get dressed up in Halloween garb (adults, children and dogs), and bring a potluck dish to share, at the annual Atkins Park Halloween party in the new parkland at North Highland Avenue @ St. Charles Place.

Sunday morning – the Atlanta Marathon will be coming north on North Highland Avenue, west on Virginia Avenue, and then turning onto Park Drive to go to Piedmont Park. Plan your Sunday morning driving route accordingly. www.atlantamarathon.org

Sunday afternoon – get dressed up in your Halloween garb again to attend the Orme Swarm at Orme Park from 4 to 6. Bring a potluck dish to share as well as your drinks and blankets for seating.

Monday evening – traditional “trick or treat” night. Drive carefully this evening.

All of these events provide an excellent way to meet new neighbors.

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from the Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks of 41 and 42 of 2011, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your level of alertness.

Aggravated Assault – On 10/10 at 10:30 p.m. on PDL Avenue in the vicinity of the Carlton Condos, there was a street fight between 2 males that resulted in the arrest of the aggressor.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Frederica Street and PDL Place (2).

Auto Theft Recovery – No reports from Beat 603

Residential Burglary – An apartment at the Briarcliff Summit was robbed with no apparent signs of forced entry – the victim was in the hospital at the time of the incident and found the door locked when he returned.

All around the Zone in this time period entry to residences was made via kicked-in doors 6 times.

Commercial Burglary – No reports from Beat 603. But nearby, the Ansley Mall CVS store was entered via a rock thrown thru the glass front door with cigarettes being taken.

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were broken into/or entered on Clemont Drive, Los Angeles Avenue, Amsterdam Walk, Virginia Avenue, Lanier Boulevard (2), Maryland Avenue, Adair Avenue, and Greenwood Avenue. Only three of these reported incidents involved neighborhood residents – the other 6 incidents involved out-of-neighborhood visitors.

All around the Zone in this time period vehicle invasions resulted in 5 cell phones being stolen, one more hand gun added to the arsenal on the streets, 5 I-Pads taken, 5 I-Pods swiped, SEVENTEEN lap tops taken, 5 GPS systems ripped out, 2 catalytic converters sawed off, one license plate taken off, and a battery taken out from under the hood.

Larceny Other – A Briarcliff Summit resident reported the theft of a cell phone by a visiting prostitute.

A/C units continue to be stolen all over the Zone by copper thieves. At the PDL Avenue Kroger store an elderly female was approached by two males – one of whom engaged her in conversation while the other took a wallet from her purse. The Edgewood Target reported 5 shoplifters, and our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores reported 3 shoplifting incidents.

Residential Robbery – No reports from Beat 603

Commercial Robbery – No reports from Beat 603

Pedestrian Robbery – On 10/9 @ 10 p.m. in front of 785 Virginia Avenue 3 females were robbed at gunpoint by a lone male who fled on foot. On 10/15 @ 2:30 a.m. a Frederica Street female resident was robbed in front of 1022 St. Charles Avenue by the perp pushing an unknown object at her chest – he fled in a waiting car. On 10/9 @ 9:10 p.m. a male Greenwood Avenue resident was robbed at gunpoint on Blue Ridge Avenue in Poncey Highland by a lone male who fled on foot. There were also several similar robbery incidents reported in Inman Park and L5P, as well as Midtown, in this time period – again after dark.

Help For Finding Stolen/Lost Cell Phones

Our own Zone 6 Investigator Gurley has alerted me to a new app that can be loaded on to your I-Phone to find it’s location after a theft or loss -

https://auth.me.com/authenticate?service=mail&ssoNamespace=appleid&formID=loginForm&returnURL=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubWUuY29tL21haWwv

He tells me that he has notified our Zone 6 officers and supervisors on how to use this app. I’ll be anxious now to hear how this really works.

The attached report from Midtown’s MPSA patrol is very timely. I too have been watching the reports on the Peachtree-Pine situation and wonder if the Homeless Task Force will really be evicted from the building and if Watershed Management will force payment of the huge unpaid water bill. The fate of this shelter will very much affect us here in VaHi too.

Enjoy this wonderful fall weather – just not on a late nite walk!! Keep your parked cars cleaned out and locked and remember – See Something – Say Something (meaning to call 911 for suspicious situations).

Crime reports

Due to life getting in the way of my usual reporting schedule – this report contains three weeks of crime stats for the weeks 38, 39 and 40 of 2011. These are gleaned from the Zone 6 reports, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat 603 along with news from around the Zone as it affects us. Again, I state these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday.

Aggravated Assault – There was a fight among employees and patrons of the MJQ Club on PDL Avenue at 3 a.m. – with evidently no serious injuries. There was a domestic situation on Drewry Street involving alcohol.

Nearby, at the troubled (to say the least) Room Service Lounge on Piedmont Circle, there was an inside shooting report involving patrons.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were taken from Highland Terrace, Orme Circle, and a botched attempt on Clemont Drive.

Auto Theft Recovery – No reports from Beat 603

Residential Burglary – A Greenwood Avenue home was entered via a forced open rear window. A home on Rosedale Drive was entered with no signs of forced entry.

Commercial Burglary – No reports from Beat 603

Larceny from Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Los Angeles Avenue (3), St. Charles Avenue, PDL Avenue (2 – one of which was a stolen license plate), Kanuga Street, Orme Circle, Virginia Avenue (3) and Arlington Place (2). Of these 13 reported incidents – 10 of the owners were from outside of the neighborhood. Please warn your visitors and business patrons to clean out their parked cars!!!

All around the Zone in this time period there were 32 laptops taken, 8 I-Pods swiped, 9 cell phones taken, 5 GPS systems taken out, 3 license plates unbolted, 2 more weapons added to the arsenal on the streets, one catalytic converter sawed off, 5 reports of both tires and rims taken off and the car propped up, and two reports of just hub caps being taken off.

Larceny Other – A locked bicycle was taken from North Highland Avenue, and a moving-out roommate on Briarcliff Terrace took along cash and prescriptions from the remaining resident.

Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix reported 4 shoplifters. The Edgewood Target store reported 20 shoplifting incidents. All around the Zone there were also 11 reports of A/C units stolen – mainly from vacant apartments and homes.

Now – the worst part of this report is all of the laptops and cell phones snatched from pedestrians and sidewalk cafe tables – none in Beat 603, but nearby neighborhoods. At the Ansley Starbucks at 3 p.m. – a cellphone snatched from a table. There were 3 Inman Park reports of laptops taken from North Highland Avenue sidewalk cafe tables at 3 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. – all the perps fled in different described cars. There were two reports of cell phones being snatched from Euclid Avenue pedestrians – one at 6 p.m. and the other at 11:30 p.m. A cell phone was snatched from an Elizabeth Street sidewalk table at noon and another cell phone snatched from a North Highland Avenue (Inman Park) pedestrian at 8:15 p.m. And lastly an unwatched cell phone was taken from the charging station at the East Atlanta Library.

These reports are in addition to at least 4 more reported in Inman Park/L5P just this week, of which some of these thefts were cleared by APD in some swift and decisive action. That story at http://m.ajc.com/news/atlanta/new-atlanta-police-unit-1195984.html and at

http://www.wsbtv.com/s/news/ But even though this one robbing gang has been jailed – there are still plenty of other such thieves on the loose yet. Remember – owning a cell phone or a laptop is NOT a status symbol anymore and there is no reason to advertise to the world you have such an electronic item. Walking and talking or texting is not safe and showing off your laptop while seated at a sidewalk cafe table is not wise.

One final story in this category that emphasizes that it is not cool to steal something from a police officer!! At the PDL Avenue Publix parking lot, an officer was giving a suspect a ticket after he refused to move from the fire lane. He grabbed the citation book and fled in his car. APD went to his Clarkston residence, made an arrest and retrieved the ticket book.

Pedestrian Robbery – No reports from Beat 603

Enjoy this beautiful fall weather – just keep those cell phones and lap tops hidden from view.

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks of 36 and 37 of 2011, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. These reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday.

Aggravated Assault – No reports from Beat 603

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Virginia Avenue, North Highland Avenue (2), Lanier Boulevard, Rosedale Drive, and an unchained scooter was taken from Virginia Avenue.

Auto Theft Recovery – No reports from Beat 603

Residential Burglary – A North Highland Avenue apartment was entered with no signs of forced entry. The resident advised that the door had been left unlocked.

Commercial Burglary – No reports from Beat 603

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were broken into on PDL Avenue (4), Briarcliff Place (3), Virginia Avenue (2) and PDL Place. Of these 10 reports, 9 of the vehicle owners were from outside of Beat 603 – with only one resident being careless in leaving articles in view for stealing.

All over the Zone in this time period, one catalytic converter was sawed off, amazingly enough only 2 GPS systems stolen, eleven laptops taken, and once again there was one report of nothing taken after an intrusion.

Larceny Other – A Monroe Drive resident reported medications and cash taken by a suspected acquaintance. A Briarcliff Terrace resident reported cash taken by a boyfriend (ex-boyfriend now I would assume).

The Edgewood Target store caught 6 shoplifters and a pet dog was picked up by a thief posing as the owner at the Edgewood Petco store. A/C units continue to be stolen all over the Zone for the copper parts – especially from empty residences.

Residential Robbery – No reports from Beat 603

Commercial Robbery – No reports from Beat 603

Pedestrian Robbery – No reports from Beat 603

But in Beat 609 south of here on Moreland Avenue at an ATM at 11 p.m. a robber approached the victim with a knife and demanded his cash and got $22 – but an alert bystander witness pulled out his weapon to thwart the theft and an arrest was made. Is it really worth the risk of using an ATM late at nite?

Enjoy this wonderful fall weather and all the festivals coming up. Stay alert and remember to clean out parked cars at ALL times.

See Something – Say Something!!! Keep making those suspicious activity/persons 911 calls. We all have an obligation to look out for each other.

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from the Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks of 34 and 35 of 2011, with emphasis on our VaHi Beat 603, but with news from around the Zone as it affects us. This report is not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your level of alertness.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 603

Auto Theft – A vehicle was stolen from Amsterdam Avenue (actually this was in Beat 602, as it was on the north side of the street).

Auto Theft Recovery – No reported recoveries in Beat 603

Residential Burglary – An apartment at the Virginia Highland apartments on Virginia Avenue was entered via a kicked-in front door. A flat-screen tv and a laptop were taken – I wonder if these items were visible through a window?

Throughout Zone 6 in this time period 8 residences were entered via kicked-in doors.

Commercial Burglary – The storage facility on Kanuga Street reported 7 units being broken into.

The Paideia School on South PDL Avenue had a storage garage broken into losing 3 riding lawnmowers and a golf cart.

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were broken into on PDL Avenue, Amsterdam Walk, Virginia Avenue, and Maiden Lane. I have a feeling that there are many vehicle break-ins on Maiden Lane that are never reported due to the continual piles of glass on this street.

All around the Zone in this time period there were 10 laptops stolen, 7 I-pods, 4 I-pads, 8 GPS systems taken, 2 more handguns added to the arsenal on the streets, one license plate unbolted, one muffler sawed off and once again – one report of nothing taken.

Larceny Other – A social security check was stolen from a North Highland Avenue mailbox (use direct deposit for such checks). A PDL Place pedestrian (with earphones in) had her cell phone snatched at 8:40 p.m. A similar theft happened at midnite on Euclid Avenue in L5P. These visible cell phones are a magnet for thieves – don’t walk and talk and keep the phones in your pocket while walking or running.

Got a trailer and wanna keep it? Hide it when not in use!! In this time period throughout the Zone, trailers were stolen from Page Avenue, N.E., Clifton Road, N.E., Meridian Street, S.E. and Moreland Avenue, S.E. – these thefts are in addition to two reports from here on Monroe Drive and Highland View a few weeks ago. The Moreland Avenue theft was reported to have been seen taken away by a tow truck.

The Edgewood Target store caught 5 shoplifters, and our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 3 non-payers. Also A/C units continue to be stolen, especially from unoccupied buildings.

Pedestrian Robbery – Two incidents here in VaHi. On Barnett Street on 8/14 at 5 a.m. 4 pedestrians were robbed at gunpoint by 2 male perps who then fled in a car. On North Highland Avenue, just north of the CVS store, at around 11:30 or so (the 911 report was not made til much later) two pedestrians were robbed at gunpoint by two male perps who fled on foot. The reported reason for the delayed call was that both victims lost their cell phones in the robbery. Surprised that the victims did not walk across the street to Diesel to make a 911 call – but I am not going to judge, since I have never had a gun pointed at my head.

One more thing I forgot – we need another VaHi person to take a seat on a committee formed of Midtown, Ansley Park, Morningside residents looking into better practices for Piedmont Park events. This person will join Amsterdam Avenue Street Captain, Abby Martin, and really should be someone who lives in the area directly affected by Park events and also needs to have a flexible schedule to attend daytime meetings. Contact me for more info.

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks of 32 and 33 of 2010, with emphasis on our VaHi beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Zone 6 is experiencing a drop in criminal activity, thanx to the diligent folks working 24/7 to protect us – but this is no reason to drop your guard in protecting yourself, your property, friends, neighbors and family. When I cite facts for the whole Zone – remember that Zone 6 is huge – bordered on the north by I-85, on the east by the city limits (going into all parts of the city in DeKalb County), on the west by the BeltLine area, and going southward to the area around the Starlight Drive-in Theater on Moreland Avenue. Learn from these reports – granted, we are in a big city, and we can’t avoid all situations – but there are many that we can avoid too.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Park Drive and Virginia Circle here – around the Zone three were 4 scooters stolen, some of them chained and locked.

Residential Burglary – none on our beat – but around the Zone in this time period, entry was made to residences via a kicked-in door eight times.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were entered on Rosedale Road, PDL Place, Virginia Avenue, Drewry Street, North Highland Avenue (2), and St. Charles Avenue. of these 7 reported incidents, 5 of the vehicle owners were VaHi residents, and two of these involved vehicles that were behind the owner’s houses. Just because you have off-street parking does not guarantee that you cannot be a victim (unfortunately). The best defense here is to keep your car cleaned out whenever and where-ever you park at any time of the day! In this time period all around the Zone, there were 9 PPS systems taken, two more handguns added to the arsenal on the street and one license plate taken off (not much you can do in this case – other than keep checking behind your car to make sure you still have a plate). Across Briarcliff Road in Beat # 605, there were three different vehicles hat had their hubcaps stolen in one nite.

Larceny Other – Another lawn care crew lost their locked equipment from the back of their truck in Morningside, and a similar theft involved a trailer and lawn care equipment from Amsterdam Avenue. Warn you lawn care guys!! A cell phone was taken from an un-named North Highland Avenue business. Our PDL Avenue Publix and Kroger stores reported 5 shoplifters, including a guy who ate a box of chicken and hid the box of bones (evidently not hidden well enough), a guy who stole once and got away, so came back in for more and got caught the 2nd time, and a woman in a power wheelchair. The Edgewood Target caught 4 non-paying visitors. Still lots of a/c thefts all over the Zone – copper is evidently still worth enough to go to all this work.

Commercial Robbery – the SunTrust branch in the PDL Publix store was robbed at 11:40 in the morning. The story of the Ansley Bank of America robbery on 8/19 is at http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/bank-near-ansley-mall-596046.html

Pedestrian Robbery – At 10:00 p.m. on Briarcliff Place, a female Virginia Avenue resident (evidently by herself) was grabbed from behind and lost her laptop and purse with the perp jumping into a car. A witness driving by followed the get-away vehicle, getting the tag # (thank you!). APD contacted the vehicle’s owner who said he had loaned it to a friend – the car was found later abandoned in Chamblee.

There were two such incidents in Inman Park in this time period – one of Colquitt Avenue at 10:15 p.m. with a male victim robbed at gunpoint. At Washita and Euclid Avenues at 11:45 p.m. two victims were robbed with a shotgun pointed at them. A witness in a car was slowing down to stop when the perp aimed the shotgun at his car, and shattered the rear window with a blast as the car sped away

Stay alert and keep you car cleaned out when parked!!

John

Crime reports

The following crime reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 stats from weeks 28 and 29 for 2010 with emphasis on our VaHi Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. As I always state, these are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware and increase your alertness as to what happens around us everyday.

Aggravated Assault – A lone male sitting on the curb in the 600 block of North Avenue at 2 a.m. was attacked by a stranger – no visible injuries. Need I say anything about sitting on a curb at 2 a.m. by yourself? A lone male was discovered down on the sidewalk in the 600 block of PDL Avenue at 3 a.m. with visible injuries – he was taken to Grady by EMT.

Auto Theft – A Honda Accord was stolen from Virginia Avenue and a motorcycle stolen on St. Charles Avenue. All around Zone 6 in this time period there were 10 motorcycles/scooters stolen. These can be loaded up in the back of a pickup truck in seconds – watch where you park. Speaking of this – there was a pickup truck with a bike in the back stolen on Cheshire Bridge Road – somebody got two for one in this theft. On Thomasville Boulevard, S.E. in the far southern part of the Zone, a Grady EMS van was taken while the medics were on a call – it was found nearby crashed into a ditch.

Auto Theft Recovery – A suspicious vehicle 911 call from Virginia Circle resulted in a stolen vehicle being found.

Residential Burglary – A PDL Avenue condo was entered via a broken front door glass with 5 flat-screen tv’s being taken – 5 tv sets in one condo? All around Zone 6 in this time period, 8 residences were entered via kicked-in doors – can your outside doors withstand a good hard, booted kick?

Commercial Burglary – Another ATM was stolen from the American Deli at the Edgewood Retail District – with a pickup truck at 3 a.m.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Greenwood Avenue (2), PDL Avenue (2), Cresthill Avenue, Virginia Avenue, and Bonaventure Avenue. Of these 7 reported incidents – 4 of the owners were from outside of VaHi, which means that 3 more of our neighbors have learned the hard way about leaving stealables visible in their vehicles. When will we ever make everyone aware of this danger? In this 2 week time period all over the Zone, there were TWELVE more GPS systems stolen, one more weapon added to the arsenal on the street, one license plate decal ripped off, 8 laptops taken and in yet another instance, nothing was taken on one report. In a LaVista Road parking garage, a BMW was jacked up and all 4 tires/rims taken off – guess somebody had an order to fill. And there is a Hall County deputy sheriff who had some explaining to do, in that their car was broken into about midnite on Glenwood Avenue, S.E. and taken was her badge, pistol, a box of ammo, purse, wallet, car keys, a gas card and credit/debit cards. Would you not think that a deputy (even from Hall County) would know enough not to leave all that gear in their car?

Larceny Other – A Briarcliff Summit resident accused his in-home health care provider with stealing items from his apartment. At this same PDL Avenue address, the perp took building materials from the grounds, he was tracked down and claimed he thought they were trash. The stolen materials were not trash and he was arrested. A wallet was taken from a backpack at an unnamed business on PDL Avenue.

At the now infamous Room Service Lounge on Piedmont Circle in Piedmont Heights, a patron was involved in an altercation inside the club and was thrown out – the club security video tape showed the security person take property off the victim and give it to an accomplice. This amazes me – he claimed he lost a $25,000 chain and $7000 in cash – both of which were payment for producing a rap song for rapper “Gucci Mane”. If I ever had $7000 in cash – I sure would not have it on my person late at nite on Piedmont Circle!

The metal thieves are still at work – lots of a/c units reported stolen all around the Zone.

Pedestrian Robbery – At 12:30 a.m. on St. Charles Avenue, a resident who was walking home reported that he woke up on the ground minus his I-pod, wallet and laptop. If you know folks who walk solo late at nite – PLEASE warn them of the dangers of this practice!

South of here at midnite in the 900 block of North Avenue, a female pedestrian was approached from behind by a male perp who demanded her purse as he grabbed her – she screamed (naturally), bit his hand (good for her) and he fled on foot as a witness came to her aid.

Remember the Clean Car Campaign, and please remind your visitors and neighbors to do the same. The less time that our beat officers have to spend writing up these reports – the more time they can devote to patrolling and preventing crime from happening.

Enjoy your summer and stay alert!

John

Crime reports

The following report is gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for 3 weeks this time – weeks 25, 26 and 27 for 2010 – with emphasis on VaHi beat 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. As I always state – these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday so you can avoid some situations.

Aggravated Assault – Two females in a fight at a Cheshire Bridge Road club resulted in both of them being arrested.

Auto Theft – A car was stolen from a PDL Avenue parking lot. All around Zone 6 in this 3 week time period there were six scooters stolen, including one from St. Charles Avenue. At a Cheshire Bridge Road club, two males were buying drinks for a female, who ended up waking up at Atlanta Medical Center, and finding out her purse and car were gone.

Residential Burglary – A Virginia Circle apartment was entered via an unlocked back door. Lots of outside a/c units and copper wire and pipe continue to be taken around the Zone. All around Zone 6 in this 3 week time period, entry was made to homes via a kicked-in door 6 times. I just recently had my original 1920′s front door lock replaced with a long dead bolt – I feel much better now. Could your door lock withstand a good hard booted kick?

Commercial Burglary – The Atlanta Boy Choir home was entered with no forced entry – an employee believes he left keys on the counter at the 30306 post office.

Larceny From Auto – Cars were entered on Highland Terrace (nothing taken), Drewry Street, Greenwood Avenue (3), Virginia Circle, Cresthill Avenue, North Highland Avenue (2), PDL Avenue (2), St. Charles Avenue (3), Briarcliff Place, Kanuga Street, Rosedale Drive (decal taken), Clemont Drive, and Virginia Avenue. Of these 19 incidents – only 7 of the owners were from outside VaHi. In addition to warning your visitors of the dangers of leaving items in cars – warn your neighbors. We’re still not getting the idea of a clean car campaign across to our own neighbors. All around Zone 6 in this 3 week time period there were TWENTY GPS systems taken, 3 license plate/decals taken off, 4 catalytic converters sawed off, and three more handguns added to the arsenal already on the streets and once again – one report of nothing taken.

Larceny Other – A purse was taken from a St. Charles Avenue front porch while the owner was inside taking a nap. A PDL Terrace resident lost her purse while shopping at a Buckhead store – the perp bumped up against her and took her wallet out of her purse. The PDL Avenue Blockbuster reported 2 shoplifters who escaped. A locked bicycle was taken from a rack on Virginia Avenue and another bicycle stolen from Greenwood Avenue. A wallet was taken from a locker at an Ansley gym. At the SunTrust in the PDL Avenue Publix – fraudulent checks for $73,848 were deposited into a fraudulent account opened for a fake business. I’m surprised at SunTrust not checking businesses more thoroughly for legitimacy. Somebody must have been a smooth talker. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 5 non-payers. An unwatched purse was taken from a shopping cart at an unnamed store at the Edgewood Retail District. Two patrons at Manuels Tavern ran up a bill of $69.85 and could not pay – they were arrested. Another job opening at the Edgewood Target after a cashier was caught un-ringing sales. A Target “customer” filled up a Target bag with goods – then took it to the return counter for a cash refund – when they were refused a refund they tried to leave the store with the bagful and were arrested.

Commercial Robbery – At our beloved and beleaguered Ben & Jerry’s store on North Highland Avenue, a w/m came in at 11:00 p.m. asking for free ice cream. When this request was turned down he asked for free water and while the employee was getting him some water he took the cash from the tip jar. The employee confronted the guy about this and the perp pulled a knife out and fled the store. Glad the employee was not hurt.

Commercial Burglary – A lock was broken off a storage unit for entry at the Public Storage on Kanuga Street.

Pedestrian Robbery – At the Exxon parking lot at Piedmont and Monroe at 11:20 p.m. a wallet was taken from the victim’s pocket after being elbowed in the head – a witness followed the perp and he was caught. The victim had no visible injuries, but was taken to Grady anyway. On Rosedale Drive at 12:30 a.m. a lone male pedestrian had been followed by the perp and in front of the victim’s condo building the perp demanded the contents of his pockets. The victim yelled (naturally!!) and the perp hit him in the head with an unknown object. The victim lost his cell phone and cash. Need I say anything else about walking solo late at night?

Joshua Geller, our Zone 6 Community Prosecutor, reports that the perp from a 5/7 kicked-in door burglary on Reeder Circle in Morningside was sentenced to 5 years in prison with 15 years probation after release. A neighbor witnessed the incident and took down the tag number of the get-away car. Our own Investigator Gurley went to the address belonging to the reported car and waited for the perp to come home – he did and he was arrested.

Don’t forget to let your trusted neighbors know of your vacation plans, stop the mail and the newspaper, and travel safely.

Enjoy your summer and stay alert!

John

Crime reports

The following incident reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 23 and 24 of 2010, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from all around the Zone as it applies to us here. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to alert you as to what happens around us everyday

Aggravated Assault – At PDL Avenue and Freedom Parkway at 5:30 p.m. an umbrella was the weapon of choice in an altercation between 2 females – a male companion stepped in to separate them and he was struck by the umbrella also. One female was arrested.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Elkmont Drive, Brookridge Drive and Bellevue Drive.

Auto Theft Recovery – one of the cars used in the attempted ATM theft at North Highland Avenue and Amsterdam was found via an abandoned car 911 call on Bellevue Drive. Two stolen vehicles were recovered as a result by some of Zone 6s finest following these vehicles in the early morning hours of 6/8 – resulting in the arrest of 8 individuals on Piedmont Avenue and North Highland Avenue at University. These were the 4 handcuffed guys many of you saw that morning sitting on the curb awaiting the paddy wagon. Burglary tools were also confiscated from these vehicles. The Gang Squad also assisted Zone 6 in these arrests.

Commercial Burglary – The PDL Avenue Moe’s was entered via a broken out front glass door.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Virginia Avenue, Los Angeles Avenue, Kanuga Street, PDL Place, St. Charles Avenue, Greenwood Avenue and Bonaventure Avenue. Of these 7 incidents – 6 of the owners were from outside VaHi. All around total Zone 6 in this time period – there were seven GPS systems taken, 3 license plates taken off, one hand gun stolen, 2 in-dash radios ripped out, and once again – one reported incident stated nothing was taken. A battery was taken from under the hood on Moreland Avenue, S.E. and the chrome steps taken from a Ford F-150 pick-up truck in Candler Park.

A North Avenue resident thinks a white van followed him from the bank and broke into his vehicle in a PDL Avenue parking lot – taking his $2000 cash withdrawal. Be VERY alert on your banking trips, keeping track of everything going on around you as you come and go.

Larceny Other – An Ansley Golf Club member lost his clothes, wallet, etc to a locker room thief. Thanx to their surveillance cameras – the thief was identified, the credit card issuer was called, finding that the thief was at Ansley Mall having a “shopping trip” where he was arrested. Another locker room thief at the Ansley Mall L A Fitness was not caught. The PDL Avenue Blockbuster store had two shoplifters get away. A locked bicycle was taken from a North Highland Avenue rack. An artificial plant was taken from the front porch of a PDL Place residence. The PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 9 non-payers, including one guy caught in the restroom drinking a 6 pack of Smirnoff Ice. The PDL Avenue Rite-Aid store caught a guy using after shave with no money to pay for it – he was arrested. This same store also caught a cashier voiding transactions and pocketing the cash – I would assume there is a job opening there now. At an un-named North Highland Avenue restaurant in Poncey Highland two outside diners had their cell phones taken by two perps who reached over the fence and grabbed them – escaping in a vehicle. Urban Outfitters on PDL Avenue caught a shoplifter. The Kroger at Edgewood caught a shoplifter leaving the store with a whole grocery cart full of merchandise.

The attachment to this Report is the AGL construction schedule for next week in VaHi and Morningside – use it to alter your driving trips if possible.

Stay alert and stay safe!!

John

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Recent Crime News

The melee at last week’s Screen on the Green story at http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/chaos-at-thursdays-screen-544535.html

Midtown Promenade break-ins story at http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/flat-screen-thieves-hit-543191.html

VaHi ATM theft attempt at http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/thieves-ram-but-cant-542720.html

Saturday’s killings on Piedmont Road at http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/victims-of-piedmont-road-542569.html Major Dalton states that a warrant is out for one of the killers in this case.

I received a lot of eyewitness e-mail reports about seeing a group of hand-cuffed arrestees sitting on the North Highland Avenue curb in Morningside early Tuesday morning surrounded by APD guys in Gang Unit shirts. I have not yet heard anything about this scenario – but know that the Gang Unit has been looking for thugs that have been breaking into stores.

The following crime reports are gleaned from the Zone 6 crime stats for weeks # 21 and 22 of 2010 – with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from all over the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to alert you to what happens around us everyday so you can take steps to keep yourself safer.

Aggravated Assault – At the Room Service Lounge on Piedmont Circle at 2:30 a.m. two groups of patrons had an altercation with the victim being hit in the head with a bottle. Zone 6 has to spend a lot of time at this establishment taking care of problems.

Auto Theft – Just as the responding officer got a call about an auto theft at the Virginia Highland apartments on Virginia Avenue – he also got a call about an abandoned auto that matched the description of the stolen one. The steering column was broken, but the owner got the car back right away.

Residential Burglary – A Barnett Street apartment was robbed with an unknown method of entry.

Commercial Burglary – A landscaper lost two blowers from his unwatched trailer while he worked on St. Charles Avenue – please warn the guys that are doing work at your house to secure all their tools, and equipment while they are working or they may very well lose them.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Kentucky Avenue, Bonaventure Avenue (this perp was caught in the car), North Highland Avenue (2), Rosedale Road, Virginia Avenue (2), St. Augustine Place, PDL Avenue (3), PDL Place, Amsterdam Walk, St. Charles Avenue and Highland Lane. Of these 15 incidents – 11 of the victims were from outside of VaHi. All around Zone 6 in this time period 5 in-dash radios were ripped out, SIXTEEN GPS systems were stolen, 2 more hand guns added to the arsenal on our streets, one license plate taken off, all 4 tires taken off one car, and yet again two reports stated nothing was taken. Two of the vehicle break-in victims in the Zone were folks who you would think would know not to leave the tools of their trade visible in their cars – one was a corrections officer and another a Homeland Security officer. I guess both of them had some explaining to do to their superiors after losing weapons, badges, handcuffs, etc. Some thugs is going to wreak havoc with these items.

The most unusual item stolen in the Zone in this time period was a package of Depends from a car on Van Vleck Avenue, S.E. – guess that thief had a personal problem.

Larceny Other – A bicycle was taken from a bike rack on North Highland Avenue. Paris on Ponce had a statue stolen from their back patio along the BeltLine. Another bicycle was stolen on Barnett Street – but the thief was found and arrested. A plant was stolen from a back porch on PDL Place. On Drewry Street, an evicted tenant accused the landlord of stealing some of his possessions from the porch. At a bank on Cheshire Bridge Road the victim left his unwatched wallet at the teller’s counter and it was stolen. On 5/19 at 9:20 a.m. in a Morningside North Highland Avenue parking lot two males came up behind a business person and took the bank bag with 2 day’s cash receipts of $5602. Please, please – hide those bank deposit bags to and from the bank.

The PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 3 shoplifters and the Target at Edgewood caught 6 non-paying “customers”.

Yet another beer delivery truck lost some suds on Eastland Road, S.E. – the lock was broken this time to make entry into the truck.

Pedestrian Robbery – A lone male victim was robbed of his backpack, camera and cash at 4:30 a.m. by another lone male at the corner of North Avenue and Freedom Parkway – no weapon used, just physical and verbal force.

I have not gotten any reports of any serious problems at Summerfest – hope everyone enjoyed themselves this past weekend. Thanx to all the volunteers who made the festival a success yet again.

Stay alert and start summer by being safe.

John

Crime reports

The following crime incidents for weeks 19 and 20 of 2010, are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 crime stats – with emphasis on our Beat 603, but with news from all around the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I repeat, these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to raise your level of awareness as to what happens around us everyday and to hopefully let you avoid some situations.

Auto Theft – A scooter was taken from Rosedale Drive, and a Drewry Street resident lost his car on Wildwood Road when he left the keys under the front seat. South of us at a gas station on Moreland Avenue, a customer left his car running while he went into the convenience store and guess what happened? All around the Zone in this time period there were 26 stolen car reports.

Auto Theft Recovery – An abandoned vehicle 911 call resulted in a stolen being recovered on Virginia Avenue.

Aggravated Assault – At the Room Service club parking lot on Piedmont Circle in Piedmont Heights a shooting incident left the victim with 3 shots to his head – he was taken to Grady and no word as to his condition. Again I state this was the club that told us at NPU when they were applying for a liquor license that they were going to be a “family oriented” restaurant.

Residential Burglary – A St. Charles Avenue apartment was entered via a broken window. A PDL Place residence was broken in – but no report as to the entry method. A Drewry Street residence was entered via an unlocked side door. And in Candler Park a residence was entered via their doggy door – remember these crack-heads are skinny guys and they can squeeze through small places. All around Zone 6 in this time period 10 houses and one tool shed was entered via kicked-in doors.

Commercial Burglary The Moe’s Restaurant on PDL Avenue was entered via broken glass in the side door.

Commercial Robbery – The Pawn Mart on Cheshire Bridge Road was robbed of cash and jewelry.

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were broken into on Frederica Street, Virginia Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles Avenue, a workman’s truck was broken into on Virginia Circle and PDL Avenue (2). One of the PDL Avenue incidents was in a parking lot involving a guy who stated he was drunk and sleeping it off in his car when someone entered and stole his cell phone from his pocket. At least, I guess, he was not driving while drunk. Of these 8 reported incidents – 6 of the owners were from outside of VaHi. All around Zone 6 in this time period – along with all the usual stolen I-pods, laptops, etc there were 5 GPS systems taken, 4 license plates taken off (keep checking to make sure you have a plate), 6 radios/stereos ripped out, and two more hand guns added to the arsenal already out there on the streets. Also another beer truck lost a case of brews on PDL Avenue while making a delivery. Wouldn’t you think rule number 1 would be to always keep a beer truck locked?

Larceny Other – A bicycle was taken from a St. Charles Avenue front porch. On PDL Place plants and decorative objects were taken from the back porch. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 2 shoplifters – the Edgewood Target store caught two shoplifters and an employee who was stealing gift cards. A guy was seen pushing a cart full of metal storm drains and other scrap metal – but he got away. Speaking of scrap metal – A/C units continue to be stolen around the Zone. And I could not pass up letting you know this story – at the infamous Intown Suites Motel on Piedmont Circle – a female victim reported that the male suspect called her an “ugly whore” and that he left with $600 of her cash. There has to be more to this story than what was written up by the responding officer – use your imagination here.

Pedestrian Robbery – A 37 y/o male victim from Chicago stated that 2 males offered him a ride to his hotel from a nightclub. The suspects stopped their car in a Briarcliff Road parking lot and robbed their passenger at gunpoint. The victim took a taxi back to his hotel and reported the incident to Zone 5.

When I was at the Edgewood Retail District yesterday I saw a Zone 6 officer on a bicycle patrolling this parking lot. This is good news for shoppers at this popular center. I also see that work has finally begun to construct the long-awaited sidewalk in front of the new CVS store on PDL Avenue – watch for the orange construction barrels in the roadway.

While you are out walking – please make a special effort to pick up litter and trash before we welcome the world to VaHi for Summerfest. Let our visitors see the neat and clean neighborhood we are proud to call home.

We are still in need of a lead person to take charge of our National Night Event – a neat family event – on the 2nd Tuesday in August. We now have 2 years of experience and track record making planning this year much easier than previous years. I’d hate to call this event off for lack of a lead person in charge. Let me know if you have questions and would like to step up for the neighborhood.

Enjoy Summerfest and all that spring has to offer in the great city by being aware of your surroundings.

John

Crime reports

The following incident reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 17 and 18 of 2010, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us – learn from these reports and avoid problems.

Aggravated Assault – A 3:30 a.m. altercation in the parking lot of the Room Service Lounge on Piedmont Circle resulted in the victim being taken to Grady Hospital. I remember when this establishment was asking for approval of their liquor license at NPU – they stated they would be a “family-oriented” restaurant.

Auto Theft – Unsuccessful theft attempts were made twice on Greenwood Avenue – the owners nonetheless still had to repair a broken steering column and an ignition switch.

Residential Burglary – An unlocked tool shed was entered on Monroe Drive. Across Zone 6 entry to 5 residences was made via kicked-in doors.

Commercial Burglary – The CVS store at Ansley was entered again via a smashed-out front glass door – no drugs taken, just 3 flat-screen tv sets. The One-Stop Dry Cleaners on PDL Avenue was entered via a broken out ventilation fan, and only change was missing.

Larceny from Auto – Vehicles were entered at Amsterdam Walk, Amsterdam Avenue (2), Greenwood Avenue, Glen Arden Way, Virginia Circle, St. Charles Avenue, Rosedale Road, Kanuga Street, Barnett Street, and on North Highland Avenue a Greenwood Avenue resident lost her remote at this location and she drove home with the thief evidently following her and entering her vehicle with the remote key. Of these 11 incidents – 7 of the owners were local residents, and not naive suburbanites. What should I be doing to alert our residents to the dangers of leaving items in their cars? We all have to pay higher insurance rates due to their carelessness.

Across Zone 6 in this time period there were TWENTY GPS systems stolen, 2 license plates taken off, two incidents of tires and wheels taken off, two more hand guns put in the hands of amateurs, 3 radios ripped out, and yet again – nothing taken in two incident reports.

At 9 p.m. at a Cheshire Bridge Road un-named business a bank deposit bag containing $1000 was left in the driver’s seat – and guess what happened?

Larceny Other – Amazingly enough, nothing reported in 603 – but on Moreland Avenue the victim met the suspect to sell him a cell phone from a Craig’s List ad – the suspect grabbed that phone along with another cell phone and fled in a car. Use Craig’s List with a lot of caution. Urban Outfitters on PDL Avenue caught a shoplifter and our PDL Avenue supermarkets, Kroger and Publix, reported 4 shoplifters – including a guy with 16 bars of soap in his pants.

Pedestrian Robbery – At 11:50 p.m. in the Ansley Mall parking lot – a female victim was approached as she was entering her car by a perp who put a gun in her back – he stole her car and fled followed by the car he came in. At 10:30 p.m. on Bonaventure Avenue in Poncey-Highland a lone male pedestrian was robbed at knifepoint of his cash. Again at Ansley at 1:00 p.m. on a busy Saturday – the female victim with $600 in her bank deposit bag was approached from behind by the perp who grabbed her bag and fled in a car. Business owners – PLEASE make sure you and your employees hide those deposit bags going to and from the bank – you ARE being watched.

Commercial Robbery – At the L5P Starbucks on Moreland Avenue at 9:30 p.m. a lone b/m robber demanded the employees open the safe – the employees ran out the back door instead followed by the would-be robber who fled on foot.

Stay alert to your surroundings and enjoy spring in Atlanta!

John

First Quarter 2010 Narcotics Arrests

These arrests do not show up on the regular weekly Beat # 603 crime stats –

Glen Arden Way – 2/14 – possession of marijuana Virginia Avenue – 3/27 – possession of marijuana

Virginia Avenue – 3/27 – possession of marijuana PDL Avenue – 2/18 – possession of marijuana

PDL Place – 2/7 – possession of marijuana PDL Avenue – 3/16 – possession of other controlled substance

Bonaventure Avenue – 1/9 – possession of cocaine PDL Avenue – 3/16 – possession of cocaine

PDL Avenue – 2/8 – possession of marijuana Greenwood Avenue – 3/16 – possession of cocaine

PDL Avenue – 2/8 – possession of other controlled substance Virginia Avenue – 3/27 – possession of marijuana

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Pedestrian Robbery – On 4/7 at 11:30 p.m. at Piedmont Avenue at Avery Drive, a lone male pedestrian was robbed of his cell phone by 2 b/m perps – no weapon mentioned. Also on 4/7 a lone male pedestrian on Piedmont Avenue north of Ansley was robbed of his cell phone and wallet by 2 b/m. On 4/8 at 8 a.m. a fight between a male and female at the Open Door on PDL Avenue resulted in both of them being arrested.

On 4/9 at 2 a.m. a lone male pedestrian reported an attempted robbery on PDL Avenue with no loss and no mention of a weapon. On 4/16 on PDL Place at 10 p.m. a PDL Place male resident was robbed by 5 young b/m who took his wallet. the victim ran and the perps fled on foot.

Do all of these reports say something to you about walking alone after dark on our streets?

Residential Burglary – Residences were broken into on Park Drive (no sign of forced entry), Bonaventure Avenue (via a broken door glass), Clemont Drive (the babysitter left the front door unlocked), and PDL Place (entry via a broken window). All around Zone 6 in this time period, 5 residences were entered via a kicked-in door.

Commercial Burglary – A tanning salon in Amsterdam Walk lost their flat screen tv set.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were entered on Virginia Avenue, Los Angeles Avenue, Barnett Street (2), St. Charles Place, PDL Avenue (4), Frederica Street (2), St. Charles Avenue (2), and Monroe Drive. In a reversal of our usual pattern – 11 of these 14 incidents ( 2 per day!) involved VaHi owners as opposed to visitors. I guess that not all of our residents have been warned to keep their cars cleaned out. In this time period in all of Zone 6 – 8 GPS systems were taken, one weapon stolen, 3 license plates were taken off, 6 radios taken out, 2 catalytic converters sawed off and in 5 reported cases – nothing was taken at all. Don’t ask me as to why some seemingly empty cars are invaded – I have no answer for this.

Larceny Other – At the PDL Avenue Kroger store, an unwatched purse was taken from a shopping cart and at the PDL Avenue Publix an unwatched cell phone was taken. Be alert when shopping – someone is watching you! Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix supermarkets caught 5 shoplifters. A/C units continue to be stolen around the Zone.

Elsewhere in the Zone – at 2:45 a.m. a Memorial Drive prostitute was counting her “earnings” when a perp snatched her cash as well as her bag of weed – occupational hazard, I guess.

This report I just could not believe, that in 2010 folks can still be flim-flammed “On Moreland Avenue in mid-afternoon – the male suspect tricked the female victim into holding money for him inside a handkerchief and making sure she put his money with hers. A female suspect approached and had the victim take them to a nearby church. The male suspect asked the victim for her jewelry since she had his money and she gave him two gold rings. They exchanged phone numbers and parted. Later on the victim discovered that a piece of newspaper was in the handkerchief instead of cash.”

Stay alert and stay safer!
John

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from the Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 11 and 12 of 2010, with emphasis on our Beat 603, but with news from around the Zone as it pertains to us here. These reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to give you a chance to alter your everyday activities to help you avoid becoming yet another victim Yeah – I know we can’t avoid everything, but we can be aware and alert and stay safer.

Aggravated Assault – At the Hillside School in Morningside an employee was stabbed in the back of the head by a resident. At the El Azteca Restaurant on PDL Avenue on 3/7, a h/m employee was assaulted after a party of 6 to 8 males refused to pay their bill. The victim was taken to a hospital and the perps escaped in 3 vehicles. An argument between 2 female patrons at the Dark Horse Tavern resulted in one being hit with a drink glass. I wont put into print what one of these folks called the other.

Auto Theft – A good report here, unless you were the owner of the one vehicle stolen from Virginia Avenue.

Residential Burglary – None here in 603, but around the Zone entry was made to 3 residences via a kicked-in door and one entry made via a pulled out window a/c unit. If you know of someone who has window units – make sure they know to bolt them securely into the window frame.

Commercial Burglary – The ATM thieves are still at it. On 3/15 the Colonnade Restaurant on Cheshire Bridge Road was entered via a smashed front glass door, but the attempt to steal their ATM was unsuccessful. They only got so far as unplugging it before giving up. Also on 3/15 at 7 a.m. the El Azteca Restaurant on PDL Avenue was entered via broken front glass doors and their ATM was taken away in a white van by 4 males. Their security cameras caught the action – the license plate on the truck was stolen.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Greenwood Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue (3), Vance Avenue, PDL Avenue, Adair Avenue, Lanier Boulevard and Virginia Avenue. Of these 10 incidents reported – 5 of the owners were from outside VaHi. Wonder if they will return to VaHi to enjoy our bars and restaurants again? All around the Zone in this time period, seven license plates were taken off (keep checking to see if yours is still attached), ELEVEN GPS systems were taken, 5 in-dash radios ripped out and, once again, one entered vehicle had nothing taken.
Missing some mail?? At the Ralph McGill post office, a tray of mail was taken from a delivery truck at 12:30 p.m.

Larceny Other – An unwatched (obviously) purse was taken at the MJQ Club on PDL Avenue. An employee at the Bill Hallman store on North Highland Avenue chased a shoplifter down the street and the perp was caught soon after by APD. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 3 shoplifters. At a Bank of America branch on Moreland Avenue an ATM used left their card in the machine – and guess what? Some body had a good time with it before it was canceled. This report from Fisher Road, S.E. south of here is one I just can’t believe. The female victim let the male suspect into her apartment and when he left – she said her tax refund of seven thousand dollars cash was stolen from her coat pocket? Maybe there was a typo error in the amount of that cash – has to be.

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings and warn your visitors to clean out their cars – don’t let them become one of our crime stats!!

Crime reports

The following reporting of our Beat # 603 crime stats is gleaned from the total Zone 6 reports for weeks 8 and 9 of 2010. The emphasis is on our beat, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to and affects us. As I always state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to allow you to make adjustments in your daily life to avoid, as much as possible, becoming a crime victim. And, as always, keep your car cleaned out and warn your neighborhood visitors to do the same.

Aggravated Assault – None in VaHi – but at noon at a Monroe Drive gas station near I-85, two business partners had an argument with a hand gun involved – no shots fired and an arrest was made. At midnite at Club 21 on Piedmont Road, an altercation left a bystander with a bullet in his leg – the gun firer escaped in his vehicle. Stay alert at all times – you never know when you are going to encounter some sort of a situation as an innocent by-stander.

Auto Theft – A scooter was taken from an Amsterdam Avenue driveway and a painter’s truck (with keys in the ignition!) was taken from Cooledge Avenue. And on Fisher Road, S.E. in the south part of the Zone, yet another car being warmed up on a cold morning was stolen. With spring around the corner – hopefully this will be the last of these thefts til next winter.

Residential Burglary – None here in VaHi – but across the Zone, entry into 3 houses was made via kicked-in doors, and an entire furnace was taken from a residence on Glenwood Avenue, S.E.

Commercial Burglary – Summit Medical on Piedmont Road was entered via a broken glass front door. The Dark Horse Tavern on North Highland Avenue was entered via a pried open rear door – nothing reported missing. The Hand in Hand restaurant on North Highland Avenue was entered via broken side windows with 4 bottles of booze missing. A whole ATM machine was taken from the Urban Market on Elizabeth Street in Inman Park and was widely reported in the media. I understand yet another ATM was taken from a PDL Avenue pizza store this past Monday morning.

Commercial Robbery – At the New Order bar in Ansley after closing, an employee was robbed at gunpoint of the nite’s receipts and was left tied up. His yells were heard by a passer-by who called 911. I am assuming that there was only one employee on duty at the time of this robbery. Business owners – be honest with yourself and review your opening and closing procedures – these are your most vulnerable times and oftentimes with only one person in the business.

Larceny From Auto – Cars were broken into on Amsterdam Avenue (2), St. Charles Avenue (2), PDL Avenue (2), Drewry Street, and Briarcliff Terrace. Of these 8 incidents – 5 of the owners were from outside of the neighborhood. Will these folks return to spend money here? All around the Zone in this 2 week time period – 8 GPS systems were taken, 2 handguns stolen, 2 license plates were taken off (keep checking to make sure you have a plate), 2 vehicles had tires and rims taken off, one catalytic converter sawed off, one Bible stolen, and in one reported incident – nothing was taken at all (go figure).

Larceny Other – At the Diesel Restaurant on North Highland Avenue, an unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a very visible flat screen tv set from the patio. At the Dabberdoo store on North Highland Avenue – a 911 call resulted in a shoplifter arrest by Officer Cooper. At a Virginia Avenue residence jewelry was reported missing and a maid is suspected. The trailer thieves are back – one was taken from Avalon Place in Morningside. At the Edgewood Best Buy parking lot, a thief was selling Bose speakers stolen from Best Buy, out of his car trunk. Across the Zone, a/c units are still being taken from residences. Our PDL Avenue supermarkets, Publix and Kroger, caught 6 shoplifters, including one guy who drank a beer inside the Publix. This is probably no worse than folks I see eating produce, such as grapes, from the counter. I always secretly hope these folks will get sick since the produce has not been washed.

Pedestrian Robbery – On 2/25 at 7:15 p.m. in the Ansley parking lot, a w/f was approached by a b/m wanting to “fix her car dent” as she was still in her car, and she said no. Then as she was walking to a store, the “dent fixer” came up to her from behind, placed a gun in her back stating “I will blow your f*****g brains out” – the victim gave up her purse and jewelry and the perp fled in a car with a b/f passenger. In a case like this – it might be best just to leave the area for a while rather than having to encounter the approachee on foot. Wait til he leaves the area.

At the Rite-Aid parking lot on PDL Avenue at 2:45 p.m., the victim, who was selling a cell phone on Craig’s list, met a potential buyer. The seller got into the “buyer’s” car with the phone as he took off, pulled a gun and told the seller to get out taking the phone with him. The report stated the seller was from Athens – why drive all the way to Atlanta to sell a cell phone?

Be alert, keep your car cleaned out and stay safe!

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 7 and 8 of 2010, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it pertains to us. I’ll state, as usual, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to give you a chance to alter your daily life enough to help you from becoming a victim. And – don’t forget to remind your guests to clean out their cars, not only here but anywhere they park.

Auto Theft Only one stolen vehicle to report this time – a theft on Amsterdam Avenue. Elsewhere in the Zone, cars with keys in the ignition were stolen from gas stations on Memorial Drive and Moreland Avenue while their owners went inside to pay for their gas. Need I say anything about taking keys out of the ignition?

Residential Burglary – Only one report in this category – a PDL Avenue apartment was robbed with no signs of forced entry, with maintenance people suspected of forgetting to lock up after making repairs. All around the Zone, three residences were entered via kicked-in doors.

Commercial Burglary – Druid Hills Presbyterian Church was entered via a broken window next to a door. At the Subway store in the Edgewood Retail District entry was made via a large rock thrown through the front door.

Pedestrian Robbery – At 6:30 p.m. a 70 y/o female had her vehicle taken at knife-point in the Edgewood Retail District parking lot – the car was found soon afterwards.

Residential Robbery – At 5 a.m. at a Woodland Avenue apartment in Martin/Lindridge Manor, the front door was kicked in by “several males” wearing masks and gloves carrying a shotgun and a handgun, and the 7 resident Hispanics were robbed and one was injured.

Commercial Robbery – As stated in the last Report – our North Highland Ben&Jerrys store was robbed at gunpoint on 2/7 at 5:30 p.m. This is the third robbery at this store since November.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on North Highland Avenue (4), Briarcliff Road, Los Angeles Avenue, Hudson Drive, and PDL Avenue. Of these 8 incidents – 7 of the owners were from outside of VaHi. Will these folks return to VaHi to patronize our businesses again? Warn your customers of the danger of leaving items in their cars by putting a gently worded sign on your front door!
All around Zone 6 in this time period 9 GPS systems were stolen, 5 in-dash radios were ripped out, two license plates were taken off and one broken-into car had nothing taken.

Larceny Other – Unwatched coats and a purse were taken from Hand in Hand restaurant patrons. Yes – these thefts can happen in nice restaurants. Our PDL Avenue Publix store caought 5 shoplifters and the Edgewood Target caught 2 non-payers.

After this past Tuesday evening’s graduation ceremony – there are now 36 new officers on the streets of Atlanta. I met several of them and they are a dedicated, gung-ho group of folks, ready to protect us. That same evening Joe Laster of Adair Avenue and I became proud graduates of Citizen’s Police Academy. This was a terrific learning experience for both of us.

Be Alert and Stay Safe!!

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Another Significant Arrest

January 27th saw the arrest of Jared Nathan Davis aka Jared David at the Extra Space Storage facility on Kanuga Street. I was informed he is suspected of 3, and maybe 4, burglaries as well as many auto smash and grabs in Zones 5 and 6. He is now securely behind bars on Rice Street, and I hope our CourtWatch system will notify me when he is scheduled for court hearings. He is also one of our neighbors, recently residing on Monroe Drive before moving to the Fulton County Jail.

Another Armed Robbery at our Ben & Jerry Store

I just learned this week that our neighborhood friend, Kwang Lee, was robbed at gunpoint in his North Highland Avenue store for the third time in just recent months. Only a real desperate crack-head would rob an ice cream store in the dead of winter, and Zone 6 and the Commercial Robbery unit are handling this investigation. Stop by this store soon and let Kwang know the community is behind him in this time of frustration for him. We need his store in the neighborhood.

The following part of this report is taken from our Zone 6 crime stats for weeks # 5 and 6 of 2010, with emphasis on our beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it pertains to us. This report is the shortest it has been in a long, long time and even though the cold weather has surely had some impact here, I still hope that this is a harbinger of safer times ahead. Do your part to support Zone 6 by keeping your car clean of stealables and urge your friends, neighbors and visitors to do the same.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Amsterdam Walk, Bellevue Drive and Maryland Avenue.

Residential Burglary – At 2 p.m. an East Rock Springs Road resident heard noise downstairs, and upon investigation found a w/m who fled in the victim’s vehicle. All around Zone 6 in this time period entry was made via kicked-in doors 5 times.

Commercial Burglary – Storage units were entered at the Public Storage facilities on Chantilly Drive and Monroe Drive. The Summit Medical offices on Piedmont Avenue were entered via a smashed front glass door. The above mentioned arrest of Jared Davis was made at Extra Space Storage on Kanuga Street.

Commercial Robbery – Yet another warning to business owners to be very alert when taking out the trash. At the New Order bar at Ansley at 7 a.m. an employee had taken out the trash and was walking back when confronted at gunpoint forcing him inside to get the cash that was out on the counter for counting before a deposit. At this time of the morning, quite obviously this was the only person at the bar, and he was very vulnerable. Pre-opening and post-closing times are very vulnerable times for our neighborhood businesses

Larceny Other – Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 5 shoplifters, and I always wonder how many they do not catch. An inoperable lawn-mowing tractor was stolen from the Carter Center grounds. An Edgewood Target store shoplifter was arrested later on Hosea Williams Drive after a struggle in which the officer was injured – hope he is ok now. Jewelry was reported missing from a Todd Road residence with no forced entry evident. The PDL Avenue Blockbuster store stopped a shoplifter and the responding officer made an arrest. A cell phone was taken during a PDL Avenue party. A chained and locked bicycle was taken from the rack in front of the PDL Avenue library.

Larceny from Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Amsterdam Avenue, Virginia Circle, Kanuga Street (this one led to the arrest of Jared Davis), North Highland Avenue (4) one of which led to an arrest, Los Angeles Avenue, Amsterdam Walk, Briarcliff Terrace, Orme Circle, and Virginia Avenue. Of these 12 incidents, 6 of the vehicle owners were from outside of VaHi. This says to me I am still not getting the Clean Car Campaign message across to everyone in the neighborhood – I need your help in getting this across to your friends and neighbors.
Also – keep up your observant 911 calls when you see someone peering into cars – Officer Cooper loves to get these calls on the evening watch.
All across the Zone, ten GPS systems were taken, 3 more hand guns were added to the arsenal on the streets, 2 license plates were taken off, 4 in-dash stereo/radios were ripped out, and (go figure) 5 reported incidents had nothing taken (discriminating thieves?). All 4 tires/wheels were taken from a car on Cumberland Road in Morningside.

Be alert and stay safe!!

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The following reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 3 and 4 of 2010 – with emphasis on our beat # 603, but with news from all over the zone as it pertains to us. Just because the cold weather seemed to slow down criminal activity for this time period – don’t let down your sense of awareness and alertness, because they will be back!!

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Greenwood Avenue, Virginia Avenue and St. Louis Place. Because of the cold weather – 3 vehicles were stolen around the zone when the owners left them unattended while warming them up. A cold car seat is better than no seat at all!!

Residential Burglary – A condo residence at the Carlton on Highland Lane was entered via a kicked-in front door. All around the zone in this time period 7 homes were entered via kicked-in doors.

Commercial Burglary – Prima on Dutch Valley Place was entered via a smashed-in front window.

Larceny from Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Arlington Place (2), Los Angeles Avenue (2), Highland View, Lanier Boulevard, North Highland Avenue (5), PDL Avenue (2), Rosedale Drive, St. Charles Avenue, Briarcliff Place, Park Drive, Greenwood Avenue, and Virginia Avenue. Basically, the same streets every report – right? All around the zone in this time period – sixteen GPS systems taken, 2 in-dash stereo/radios ripped out, two license plates taken off (keep checking to make sure you still have a plate in back), and 3 more weapons added to the arsenal already on the streets. The AT&T parking lot on Chester Avenue, S.E. was hit yet again with 8 catalytic converters being sawed off work vans. I would think that by now AT&T would be instituting some new security measures for this lot as many times as they have been hit with this theft problem.

Larceny Other – Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 3 shoplifters – I always wonder as to how many they do not catch at these stores. All around the zone, a/c units continue to be stolen, presumably for scrap copper.

Be alert and stay safe!!

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The following incident reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for the 1st and 2nd weeks of 2010, and as I always state – are not meant to scare anyone but to make us all aware of what happens around us everyday and to take steps to avoid, when possible, of becoming yet another crime victim. Granted – we can’t avoid all situations, but there are many we can sidestep.

Aggravated Assault – A Hillside School counselor was attacked by a juvenile resident – unfortunate, but an occupational hazard I guess. A street argument on PDL Avenue at 5:30 p.m. between two males resulted in one stabbing the other with an ice pick – the arrestee here also had a new, still wrapped, Toshiba laptop in his backpack.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Briarcliff Terrace, Greenwood Avenue, North Highland Avenue, PDL Avenue (a motorcycle), and Rosedale Road. As you might suspect – the cold weather resulted in two unattended vehicles being stolen elsewhere in the Zone while the owners left them running in their driveways to warm up. Also around the Zone a vehicle was stolen while the owner was putting trash in a parking lot dumpster. On Memorial Drive at midnite, a driver lost his keys while playing in the snow. Upon returning with extra keys – someone else had evidently already found the key in the snow and his car was gone. Or it might have been hot-wired.

Residential Burglary – no VaHi incidents in this time period – but around the Zone, 5 residences were entered via kicked-in doors.

Commercial Robbery – Yet another warning to business owners not to become lax at closing time. At the Einstein Bagel store on Monroe Drive at 4:30 p.m. – a female employee had taken out the trash after closing and was accosted at the back door by a robber who forced her to open the safe, taking $1300 of hard earned sales. Businesses are very vulnerable at closing time – so be alert and be aware. Maybe two people should take out the trash and keep the door locked while doing so.

Larceny From Auto – And this goes on and on. Vehicles were broken into on Arlington Place (2), Greenwood Avenue, Lanier Boulevard (2), Los Angeles Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue (5), Rosedale Road, St. Charles Avenue (3), Clemont Drive, PDLAvenue, Vance Avenue, and Virginia Avenue. Of these TWENTY incidents, 16 of the victims were from outside of VaHi – is this saying something to our hospitality business community??
All around the Zone in this 2 week time period – one hand gun stolen, one catalytic converter sawed off, 3 in-dash radios ripped out, 3 license plates/stickers taken off (keep checking your car), and seven GPS systems taken. There were also 4 incidents where nothing was taken at all – though these 4 folks still had to buy a new window.

Larceny Other – Highland Wine & Crystal had a shoplifter escape. Green’s Liquor on PDL Avenue caught a guy with a bottle of gin in his waistband. Urban Outfitters at the Plaza caught a shoplifter. At the LA Fitness at Ansley, a patron lost his wallet from an improperly locked locker. At an unnamed St. Charles Avenue business the female cashier was inappropriately touched by the perp who left the store when asked, but went across the street, and rummaged through her car – but not taking anything. He was arrested. A lot of activity at the Edgewood Retail District – a Target employee’s walkie-talkie was stolen and being used to broadcast obscene messages. At the Best Buy – 2 perps were caught using scissors to cut off security tags and another shoplifter here dropped stolen laptops when he hit the front door. At the Kroger store a shoplifter took the stolen items to her car – then was nabbed when she had the nerve to come back in the store (she evidently forgot some items on her list). Two other shoplifters caught here also had Target merchandise in their possession without a corresponding sales receipt. A car-mounted bicycle was taken – make sure these racks are locked. At 12:30 p.m. in this center’s lot, the victim was being handed $400 in cash when it was grabbed from his hand by a perp who fled on foot. No reason given for why $400 was being exchanged in a parking lot.

Pedestrian Robbery – At the Buddy’s gas station at North Highland and North Avenues, at 9 a.m., the female victim was pumping gas when approached by the perp who asked if she wanted to go for a drive – she replied “no” but he did not take that for a refusal, got into her car and sped off. ALWAYS take your keys out of the ignition when at a gas station!!!! At the Briarcliff Summit building, the victim was visiting 2 friends at 2 a.m. in an apartment along with 3 other visitors. The victim was attacked, losing his laptop and wallet and the perps escaped on foot out of the building. Limit your 2 a.m. social calls to people you really can trust – or better yet, don’t go visiting at this time of nite at all.

Be alert, be aware and stay safe!

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Beat # 603 Arrest
I know that many of you are familiar with this vehicle description – a 1998 burgundy Buick LeSabre, dark-tinted windows and license plate # BVJ 2541. The owner/driver is Paul Douglas Williams, and he was arrested by our Officer Cooper on 1/5/2010 for driving without a
license, and had a laptop in his possession that had been stolen earlier that same evening. I learned from the Fulton County Jail website that Williams was charged with theft of property and possession of burglary tools – both of which are evidently bondable charges. Williams somehow came up with the $5000 bond (stolen money?) and was released on 1/6/2010 and is back on the streets right now. But, Officer Cooper tells me that he is to appear before the Grand Jury on 1/12/2010 to obtain a new warrant. Though Officer Cooper does not think Williams will be stupid enough to make a VaHi appearance any time soon – he urges an immediate 911 call if this vehicle is spotted here. Williams is a 32 y/o, 6′, 190 pound b/m unconvicted thief. Local residents of Kentucky Avenue, Briarcliff Place and Virginia Avenue are folks who already know about him personally – you know who you are. I won’t name any names til Williams is safely behind bars. Thanx to Officer Cooper for the nab and the phone call and Officer Gurley for notifying me. Also thanx to my amateur detective friend in Midtown for helping me to connect the dots on previous reports so I could let Zone 6 know. This stuff takes a village!!

Now to the crime stats for the last two weeks of 2010 – which should have been two weeks of peace on earth and goodwill to men. Somehow, though, it didn’t quite work out that way here in Zone 6! These stats are for our 603 beat, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to and affects us. Again, as I always state – these are not meant to scare anyone – just to keep us alert and aware.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Park Drive and Todd Road.

Aggravated Assault – At the PDL Avenue Kroger store two co-workers got into an argument resulting in one striking the other with a metal pole. Guess there is a job opening now at this store!

Commercial Robbery – At the Metro PCS store on Moreland Avenue – two perps, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, said to the clerk “Give me everything you got” the clerk victim said he had nothing and the perps left! Our Ben & Jerry’s store on North Highland Avenue was not so lucky – they were robbed at gunpoint on 12/26 at 6:20 p.m. and the two perps even took the money from the clerk’s wallet. The Uptown Novelty store on Cheshire Bridge Road was also robbed at gunpoint on Christmas Eve at 2:20 a.m..

Commercial Burglary – Prima on Dutch Valley Place was entered via a smashed front door glass. The Unique Pizza store on PDL Avenue was broken into on Christmas Eve via a smashed front window. A storage unit was entered at Public Storage on Monroe Drive in Piedmont Heights.

Larceny from Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Arlington Place, Lanier Boulevard (2), North Highland Avenue (5), Virginia Avenue (4), Adair Avenue, and St. Charles Avenue. Of these 14 incidents – 12 of the owners were from outside of VaHi. Beer was stolen from a delivery truck in the Ansley Mall parking lot – wouldn’t you think these delivery drivers would lock the truck while making deliveries? Outside of 603 several yard care trucks had equipment stolen from them – warn your yard care guys to lock up their equipment on their trucks!
All around Zone 6 in this time period – NINE GPS systems were stolen, two license plates taken off (keep checking to make sure you have a plate), and 4 in-dash radios were ripped out.

Larceny Other – This I hate – Christmas decorations were taken from front yards on East Rock Springs Road, N.E. and Warren Street, S.E. A diamond ring was reported missing from a Lanier Boulevard residence. At the American Roadhouse restaurant – cash was taken from the unlocked office area. Credit cards were taken from a patron of the Cavern bar on North Highland Avenue. An unwatched purse hanging from the back of a chair at a PDL Avenue restaurant was taken. A thief was caught taking a spool of wire from the Georgia Power grounds on PDL Place. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 3 shoplifters. Can’t believe there were no shoplifting reports from the Target store in Edgewood. for these two weeks.

Residential Robbery – 3 Hispanics were robbed at their Lenox Road apartment. I always wonder as to how many incidents involving Hispanics are never reported.

Pedestrian Robbery – In the Ansley Mall parking lot at 12:50 p.m. (broad daylite) the victim was sitting in his car when the perp approached with a sawed-off shotgun and demanded the vehicle. The victim threw his keys on the ground (his window must have been open) and started yelling (naturally!) – people heard him and someone yelled “call the cops” and at which time the perp fled on foot.

Stay warm and stay alert and safe. Hopefully our thugs will not be so active during this cold snap.

Crime reports

The following crime reports are taken from the Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 49 and 50 of 2009, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from all over the Zone as it applies to us. Again, I stress these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to give you a chance to alter your everyday activities to possibly becoming a victim. We have to realize we live in the middle of a big city – not everything can be avoided – but a lot can be. Learn from other person’s mistakes.

Auto Theft – A vehicle was stolen from Virginia Avenue and a broken-down vehicle on Virginia Circle that was supposed to have been towed by an insurance company was not taken to the designated location. Now that it is cold again – five vehicles in the Zone were stolen while left warming up in driveways. A cold car seat is better than no car seat!

Auto Theft Recovery – A vehicle reported stolen on Bellevue Drive was found by the owner after they realized where they had parked it. If you are driving a stolen vehicle – NEVER cut in front of a police car!! Two juveniles ( 15 and 16 y/o) were arrested on Hosea Williams Drive, S.E. after they made this driving blunder!

Commercial Burglary – 5 units were entered at the Public Storage facility on Monroe Drive in Piedmont Heights with a suspect identified. Prim Printing on Dutch Valley Place was entered via a smashed glass door. Nite drop rent boxes were entered at Monroe Place Apartments on Monroe Drive and Broadstone Apartments on Piedmont Road.

Residential Burglary – A home on Amsterdam Avenue was entered via an unsecured rear window. All around the Zone in this time period 17 homes were entered via kicked-in doors!

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Arlington Place, Brookridge Drive, Drewry Street, Hudson Drive, Los Angeles Avenue (2), Virginia Avenue (2), Amsterdam Walk, Barnett Street, Briarcliff Place, Lanier Boulevard (2), North Highland Avenue, North Virginia Avenue, PDL Place, and Rupley Drive. Of these 17 incidents – 15 of the owners were visitors to our neighborhood and undoubtedly, folks who do not have a very good opinion of VaHi now – especially if they were here to go to restaurants and bars.
All around the Zone in this time period – there were SEVENTEEN GPS systems taken, 3 license plates taken off (keep checking to make sure you still have a plate), 4 hand guns added to the arsenal already on the streets, 3 in-dash radios ripped out, tires taken off two vehicles, and six catalytic converters sawed off AT&T trucks in their parking lot on Chester Avenue, S.E. Three entered vehicles had nothing taken – including the incident on Rupley Drive (go figure why?). The most unusual thing taken was a pit bull dog from a vehicle on Cheshire Bridge Road.

Larceny Other – Unwatched purses were taken at Noche and at the MJQ Club. At the Briarcliff Summit Building a camera was missing from an apartment after cleaners had left and in this same building a blind resident’s guitar was taken while he talked to a stranger in his doorway. At the Edgewood Target store an employee stole $4982 worth of gift cards – I assume there is a job opening there now. The PDL Avenue Publix store caught 2 shoplifters. All around the Zone, a/c units continue to be stolen for scrap metal, I presume, and mostly from unoccupied residences.

Commercial Robbery – The much publicized Zesto’s robbery in L5P on 12/2 took place at 8 p.m. during regular business hours. The Subway restaurant in Edgewood Retail district was robbed at gunpoint at 11 p.m. – their closing time. At the SunTrust Bank in East Atlanta on Flat Shoals Avenue, S.E. at 2 p.m. a teller was approached by the suspect with a robbery note. The teller began to comply and then put the money back into the drawer as no gun was shown. The suspect fled on foot but was arrested.

Pedestrian Robbery – On St. Charles Avenue at 1 a.m. three young people in their twenties were robbed at gunpoint. At the Ansley Wachovia ATM at 7 p.m. – the victim had her withdrawal forcibly taken from her pocket – no gun reported in this case. And at the ATM in the Edgewood Retail District at 3 a.m. the victim was robbed of their withdrawal at gunpoint.

Be alert and enjoy this wonderful holiday season. Be sure to let your trusted neighbors know of your travel plans and how to reach you in your absence.

Crime reports

The following crime stats are gleaned from the Zone 6 reports for the weeks 47 and 48 of 2009. with emphasis on our local Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. These reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to alert you as to what happens around us everyday, allow you to learn from the mistakes of others, and to give you a chance to alter your everyday activities to avoid becoming a victim.

Aggravated Assault – At the Room Service Lounge on Piedmont Circle, an argument between two patrons resulted in one throwing a glass at the other. This is the establishment that told us at NPU when they were applying for their liquor license they were going to be a “family restaurant”. At the Wendy’s restaurant on Piedmont Road a patron was stabbed with a screwdriver due to a bad domestic situation.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from North Highland Avenue, Highland View and Elmwood Drive. The Elmwood vehicle was found by the victims at a drive-in restaurant on PDL Avenue in Zone 5.

Residential Burglary – At a Briarcliff Road apartment, the intended victim found the perp trying to pull the screen away from her window – she scared him away and he fled. A laptop was stolen from an apartment in the Briarcliff Summit building – the resident saw the perp leaving, but he escaped.

Commercial Burglary – 5 units at the storage facility on Monroe Drive were entered, and 3 units at the same type of business on Cheshire Bridge Road were entered. The self-storage facility on Kanuga Street also had an unlawful entry into a unit. The North Highland Pub was entered via a smashed front window. The Carter Center lost landscaping equipment from a broken into storage shed. The BlaBla clothing store on Virginia Avenue was entered through a damaged front door.

Commercial Robbery – At the Ben & Jerry’s store on North Highland Avenue at 10:30 p.m. on 11/18, the manager was approached on the sidewalk by 2 armed b/m as he was closing – they forced him back into the store, and forced him to open the safe. I hate to hear of this happening to such a nice neighbor and am glad he was not hurt. Business owners take heed – opening and closing times are when you are very vulnerable.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Amsterdam Avenue, Arlington Place, Briarcliff Place (4), Lanier Boulevard, North Highland Avenue (2), Virginia Avenue (3), Barnett Street (3), Greenwood Avenue, Park Drive (2), PDL Avenue (2), Los Angeles Avenue (2) One Los Angeles Avenue case was cleared up when the perp was stopped for walking in the street – upon questioning the officer found out the perp had hidden the stolen goods at a house on Virginia Avenue where he had been earlier raking leaves. Out of these 22 incidents in just 2 weeks, 16 of the vehicle owners were from outside the neighborhood. Not exactly good P.R. for VaHi. Please continue to warn visitors their vehicles are at high risk if they leave visible items in their cars!!!
All around Zone 6 in this time period, there were THIRTEEN GPS systems stolen, 4 license plates taken off, and 4 in-dash radios ripped out. One of the Briarcliff Place thefts involved taking the hubcaps. There was also a driveshaft taken off a vehicle south of here. The most unusual theft was a dozen eggs. There were also 4 break-ins reported where nothing was taken – go figure.

Larceny Other – A weedeater was taken from a landscaper’s truck in Morningside. Bar patrons on North Highland Avenue and PDL Avenue lost unwatched purses. Front porch package thefts were reported from Highland View and Virginia Circle – I wonder how many more of these thefts occurred and were never reported??? Green’s Liquor Store caught a shoplifter. An unwatched purse was taken from a shopping cart at the Edgewood Target. At a Highland View party – a guest lost his coat and its contents. A North Morningside Drive resident gave her key to a neighbor so he could do some repair work at her house while she was away. She came home to find items missing and the neighbor had moved away. At the CVS on North Highland Avenue at 8 a.m on 11/26. a w/m took a 15″ tv set, then at 7:15 p.m. the same day, the CVS at Ansley lost 2 15″ tv sets also to a w/m whose description and get-away vehicle was similar to the first perp. I guess there were at least 3 tv sets for sale on Boulevard that day.

Pedestrian Robbery – A female resident of the Briarcliff Summit building was robbed of a grocery item from her cart in the lobby area. And here is yet another bank parking lot incident. At 9 p.m. at the Wachovia ATM on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta – the victim was robbed of his withdrawal at gunpoint.

Be alert, be aware and have a safe holiday season!!

Crime reports

A Conviction of Interest – Do you remember in my last report there was an item about a suspect caught riding a bike out of the closed Cactus Car Wash on PDL Avenue? He was stopped by Zone 5 Officer Jorge Santa, and after questioning, the suspect (Lessie Bennett) took Officer Santa to St. Charles Avenue where an SUV had been broken into. The victim identified the bike he was riding, then they went on to Arlington Place where yet another car had been broken into and 2 GPS systems had been stolen. Bennett has 14 felony convictions and numerous sentences involving drug treatment. In court, our new Community Prosecutor, Joshua Geller, reports Bennett pled guilty to theft by taking and entering auto. He asked for drug treatment again, but the Judge refused and sentenced him 10 years, 4 years balance probated and no parole. He is also required to pay $125 in restitution (wonder if he has any money though).

The following crime stats are gleaned from Zone 6 reports for the weeks 45 and 46 of 2009, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us.

Aggravated Assault – On 11/4 a w/m St. Charles Avenue resident was threatened at knifepoint by a w/m Monroe Drive resident over a fight about a debt payment.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Maiden Lane, Rosewood Drive, Virginia Avenue (2). Whoops!! – a valet parking attendant at Sotto Sotto restaurant in Inman Park gave a car to the wrong person who drove it away.

Residential Burglary – On Highland Lane at the Carlton condo building – 3 separate units were broken into and were discovered within a 3 day time frame. I think folks in this building need to get to know their neighbors for some mutual protection. All around the Zone, a/c units are still being stolen (for scrap metal I assume) and entry was made into 6 homes via a kicked-in door.

Commercial Burglary – The Publix store on Cheshire Bridge Road was entered via a pried open front door and 140 cartons of cigarettes were taken. The ATL Food Market on Barnett Street was entered via a smashed glass front door. At the Public Storage on Monroe Drive, no signs of forced entry into a unit that had goods missing.

Commercial Robbery – The China Garden restaurant on Monroe Drive had an attempted robbery at 3:25 p.m. by a w/m perp who stated “I have a gun – give me all the money” The victim hit the panic alarm and then called 911 – the perp fled on foot with no money. The Chase Bank on Cheshire Bridge Road was robbed at gunpoint at 2:20 p.m.

Larceny from Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Amsterdam Walk (2), Adair Avenue, Greenwood Avenue (2), Highland Terrace, Highland View, Los Angeles Avenue, North Highland Avenue (2) , PDL Avenue (2), Kentucky Avenue, Lanier Boulevard, and PDL Place. On Greenwood Avenue 3 hubcaps were stolen, a PDL Place car had the wheel center caps taken off, and on Piedmont Road a car was put up on concrete blocks and the wheels stolen.
Around all of the Zone in this time period TWENTY GPS systems were stolen, two license plates were taken off, one catalytic convertor sawed off, 2 in-dash stereos ripped out, and one hand gun stolen.

Larceny Other – A Virginia Circle resident lost a cell phone at a North Highland restaurant. At the Georgia Power facility on PDL Place a perp had cut a hole in the fence to gain entry and was stealing burglary tools from a work truck (bolt cutters, a screwdriver), was noticed, but fled on foot. Also at Georgia Power a perp was caught attempting to steal a bale of copper wire at 1 p.m. – but fled on foot. At Midtown Kitchen on Dutch Valley Road – two guys walked out of the back delivery door with two cases of vodka and escaped in a vehicle. At the PDL Avenue Chipotle a homeless b/m was caught helping himself to a fountain drink – when confronted he started throwing things. Two females lost their unwatched purses on 11/1 at two different PDL Avenue nitespots. The Edgewood Target caught a female juvenile taking out a whole cartful of goods. A UPS package was stolen on PDL Place – how many more of these front porch thefts were never discovered or reported??

Pedestrian Robbery – Yet another bank safety story. At the SunTrust on Moreland Avenue at 5:35 p.m. the victim had just withdrawn cash from the ATM and was walking back to his car when he was approached and asked if he wanted to buy some laptops by suspect # 1 – they walked to a car where suspect # 2 stated “give it up” – the victim gave up his $450 and both suspects fled in their car. Life Lesson # 673 – do not be tempted to buy laptops in a bank parking lot where you have been seen withdrawing cash from an ATM!!!!

Be Alert and Have a Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Crime reports

The following crime reports are for weeks # 40 and 41 of 2009 and are gleaned from the Zone 6 reports, with emphasis on our beat # 603 – but with news from around the Zone as it pertains to us. Again – I stress that these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us every day and raise your level of awareness and alertness.

Aggravated Assault – This unusual incident occurred 10/1 at 1:20 a.m. in an apartment house on St. Charles Avenue. I really couldn’t condense this report “Arrestee returned home to hear loud music from victim’s apartment which had been an ongoing problem. The arrestee turned off victim’s power at the circuit breaker which is in his apartment. Victim came to ask about the power problem, at which time arrestee put a knife to victim’s neck and threatened to kill him. Victim overpowered arrestee and waited for police in his apartment.”

Auto Theft – A 911 call about someone entering a vehicle brought officers who tailed the perps and brought about an arrest of one juvenile – with one escaping. A vehicle was stolen on Adair Avenue by a tow truck. Vehicles were also stolen from Hudson Drive and Lanier Boulevard.

Residential Burglary – On Brookridge Drive a w/m was encountered by the apartment resident who let him escape via the front door. A Drewry Street home was entered via a brick thrown thru the kitchen window, and a Monroe Drive home was entered via a kicked-in back door. An empty foreclosed St. Charles Avenue house had copper piping ripped out.
All around Zone 6 entry to 13 homes was made via kicked-in doors and 2 pet doors. Think about that doggie door!!

Commercial Burglary – Harry Norman Realty on Piedmont Road was entered via a smashed window, and Oxford Cleaners on Moreland Avenue was entered via a rock through the front window and lost 25 pairs of customer’s jeans. At the storage facility on Monroe Drive a unit was entered. The CVS at Ansley was entered by pushing a Kroger shopping cart through the glass front door. Wonder if they have gotten stronger glass now?

Commercial Robbery – The Wachovia on Cheshire Bridge Road was robbed by a lone gunman who escaped. The Starbucks on Moreland Avenue was robbed twice on 9/27 and 10/2 both times at night.

Larceny from Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Briarcliff Place, Drewry Street, Greenwood Avenue, Lanier Boulevard, PDL Avenue, Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue (2). Of these 8 incidents – 5 of the owners were from outside of the neighborhood. All around Zone 6 in this time span 4 in-dash stereos were ripped out, one more hand gun in the hands of a thug, 15 GPS systems taken, 2 incidents of tires/wheels taken off, and the most unusual item taken – a bag of kitty litter.

Larceny Other – A bicycle was stolen from the bike rack at the PDL Avenue Publix and another from the bike storage area in a Dutch Valley Road parking garage. A wallet left at Fontaine’s had the credit card used, and a driver’s license was stolen from an MJQ Club patron. At the PDL Avenue Kroger a male dressed in women’s clothes pushed out a full buggy of groceries to a waiting vehicle while someone distracted the security guard. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix caught 3 shoplifters and at Edgewood, Target and Best Buy caught 2 each.

Pedestrian Robbery – At 11:10 p.m. on Lenox Road, 2 h/m were robbed by 4 juvenile h/m. On Virginia Avenue on 9/27 at 2:45 a.m. 2 young males and a female were robbed at gunpoint by a b/m and a b/f who then fled in a vehicle. These late – nite walkabouts are not wise!!

Be alert and be safe!!

Crime reports

The following crime reports for weeks # 38 and 39 of 2009 are taken from our APD Zone 6 crime stats, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. These reports are not meant to scare anyone – but are presented to raise your level of awareness and alertness.

Auto Theft – Cars were stolen from PDL Avenue, Virginia Circle, St. Charles Avenue, with an unsuccessful attempt on Drewry Street (though still leaving a damaged window and ignition). I have just recently been informed of an auto theft from the Frederica Hall condos parking lot where an alert resident called 911 and one of the thieves was arrested. There was also a middle of the nite auto theft on Adair Avenue using a tow truck – but no arrest due to delays with the 911 call. Not all tow truck drivers are law-abiding citizens – as evidenced here.

Residential Burglary – None reported from our beat – but all across Zone 6 entry was made via kicked-in doors 12 times in this time period.

Commercial Burglary – There were two units entered at the storage facility on Cheshire Bridge Road.

Larceny from Auto – Cars were broken into on Elmwood Drive, Greenwood Avenue, Los Angeles Avenue, Maiden Lane, North Highland Avenue, Virginia Avenue (2), Park Drive, and Cresthill Avenue. Of these 9 reported incidents – 6 involved out of the neighborhood car owners. The Cresthill incident resulted in an arrest after an alert neighbor chased the perp and detained him til APD arrived. One of the Virginia Avenue incidents also had an arrest thanks to an alert neighbor calling 911 after seeing the breakin. This alert neighbor also reported that other passing pedestrians ignored the breakin and continued on walking or jogging – this bothers me.
All around Zone 6 in this time frame there were 5 license plates taken off, fourteen GPS systems taken, 2 more hand guns added to the arsenal on the streets, two in-dash radios ripped out and tires taken off two vehicles on Redford Drive, S.E. Another liquor delivery truck was looted of 17 cases of booze on Euclid Avenue.
I have not heard of any sightings of the maroon Pontiac with license plate # BVJ 2541 since this car was stopped by APD on 9/16 and questioned due to the alertness of Kris White that evening. Maybe the driver of this car has moved on to other neighborhoods where folks are not as alert!

Larceny Other – Delivery packages were taken from front porches on Johnson Road and PDL Place. Remember to take advantage of the safe delivery addresses at Intown Hardware and City Storage – stop by either of these businesses to get details as to how you can assure the safety of your intended UPS and FedEx shipments.
Shoplifting – CVS and Urban Outfitters caught one each, the PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 7. An expensive stroller was stolen from a Los Angeles Avenue front porch in daylight, and a child’s bicycle was taken from a St. Charles Avenue front porch. A Blockbuster movie was taken from a Beech Valley Road mailbox.
On 9/13 at two separate convenience stores on Cheshire Bridge Road 2 males used the same ruse for thievery – one dropped a bottle of liquid on the floor and while store personnel were cleaning up the spill – they stole either cash or merchandise. Store owners take heed!!

Residential Robbery – At 6:15 a.m. on Woodland Avenue 4 Hispanics were robbed at gunpoint by 2 b/m who had entered their apartment via an unlocked front door. On 9/15 at 4:10 a.m. on Wimbledon Road, the perp knocked on the door stating he was a friend of Mike who needed some help. The victim thought they had a mutual friend and let him in – the perp pulled a pistol and demanded money, the victim complied but fought back, and the perp fled in a vehicle. Answering the door at 4:10 a.m. without knowing exactly who it is?????? A Dutch Valley Place resident was robbed at knifepoint by a former roommate and 2 accomplices at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Pedestrian Robbery – On 9/25 at 11 a.m. in the Wachovia parking lot on Monroe Drive (across from Ansley Mall), a Subway employee was robbed of his deposit bag at gunpoint. Something tells me the deposit bag was very visible or this robbery would not have taken place. Please warn your friends who make business deposits to hide the bag on their person before they exit their vehicles at the bank. The same scenario applies to leaving the bank also with a bag full of cash for change. A visible deposit bag says “Rob Me!!”.

Stay alert and stay safe!!

Crime reports

The following crime stat reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 reports for weeks 36 and 37 of 2009, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from all around the Zone as it applies to us. As always, these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but simply to make you aware of what all happens around us everyday – so hopefully you can alter your activities to avoid some of these situations.

Aggravated Assault – At 7:40 p.m. at Euclid and Moreland Avenues in L5P, the male victim states the perp struck him with a bottle when he couldn’t pay back money he owed him. The victim didn’t know the perp’s name – but stated he does sell cocaine. Not that I know from experience – but always thought drug sales were C.O.D., guess the “victim” won’t be getting credit anymore. At a road block at I-85 and Cheshire Bridge Road, 3 officers were almost hit by a driver changing lanes – he sped off, but later bailed out and was captured. Yes – there is a moral to this story.

Auto Theft – Three unsuccessful attempts were made at auto thefts on Drewry Street, PDL Avenue, and St. Charles Avenue. Two vehicles were stolen from Rosedale Road – one of which was inoperable which probably means it was towed. Two vehicles were stolen from Moreland Avenue parking lots with the keys in the ignition while the owners were in businesses. No – I’m not going to add any editorial comment!

Commercial Burglary – Storage bins were entered at facilities on Cheshire Bridge Road (2) and on Monroe Drive (5). The Unique Pizza store on PDL Avenue was entered via a smashed front glass door. The Paidea School on PDL Avenue lost 5 more computers when a glass door was smashed for entry.

Commercial Robbery – The Wendy’s on Piedmont Road was held up at gunpoint at 10 p.m. (closing time?)

Residential Burglary – No incidents in Beat # 603 – but around Zone 6 in this time period, entry was gained via kicked-in doors 15 times, once via a doggie door, and three times by removing a window a/c unit, as well as the usual smashed windows, etc.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Lanier Boulevard, North Highland Avenue (4), Amsterdam Walk, Arlington Place, Barnett Street, Bellevue Drive, Frederica Street, Los Angeles Avenue (2), Virginia Avenue and a license plate sticker stolen on Elkmont Drive. Of these 13 incidents (excluding Elkmont) – 11 of these vehicles belonged to outside of the neighborhood owners. Yet another beer truck was looted while making a delivery on McDonough Boulevard. All around Zone 6 in this time period seventeen GPS systems were stolen, 4 license plate/stickers were taken off, two more hand guns added to the arsenal on the streets, 5 in-dash stereos/radios were ripped out, and sadly, two Bibles were listed as stolen. Then, what always amazes me – 7 vehicles were broken into and nothing was reported as being stolen – yet the owners had a broken window to fix.

Larceny Other – A Hudson Drive dog walker lost his billfold – maybe after being bumped on North Highland Avenue by another pedestrian. At the J. Christopher restaurant on PDL Avenue a patron lost his cell phone left unattended on a table. Blueberry bushes were stolen from a Briarcliff Road front yard. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 5 shoplifters – including one guy who drank a bottle of mouthwash at Publix. (Guess he went to jail happy!) A package was stolen from a Monroe Drive front porch. A Greenwood Avenue victim left a wallet on the counter at the PDL Avenue Bank of America and it was stolen. Green’s Liquors and Urban Outfitters both caught a shoplifter each. Around Zone 6 lots of home a/c units continue to be stolen.

Pedestrian Robbery – Two h/m were robbed at gunpoint outside an apartment on beleaguered Woodland Avenue. At the Bank of America on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta, a female depositor was robbed of her deposit bag at the front door by someone she thought was holding open the door for her (wrong!!). This also means to me that her deposit bag was not hidden on her person – or the perp would not have been so kind as to hold the door for her!! Hide those darn deposit bags!!

Another Kenneth Lamb Court Hearing – According to Sharla Jackson, our community prosecutor, he is due for his probation revocation hearing Monday, the 21st at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 4F in the downtown Fulton County Courthouse. I’ll be going, if you want to ride with me – let me know. Good chance to see how our court system lumbers along.

There will be a benefit for the Atlanta Fire Foundation at the Engine 11 restaurant at # 30 North Avenue, across from the Bank of America Tower on 9/24 from 6 p.m. til closing.

Be alert and be safe

Crime Reports

Now – on to the crime stat reports from our Zone 6, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from all over the Zone as it applies to us. As always, these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to raise your alertness level as to what happens around us everyday so you can alter your activities to avoid being a victim. These reports are for weeks # 34 and 35 of 2009.

Aggravated Assault – On 8/22 at 10:15 p.m. 3 diners left El Azteca on PDL Avenue without paying – an employee chased after them as they got into their car, and the employee victim was bumped by their moving car and suffered arm abrasions. The non-payers escaped. There was a tremendous amount of e-mail alerts concerning the 8/23 Greenwood Avenue assault involving a female victim who had fallen asleep on her open front porch and the subsequent attack by an unidentified b/m. The victims took her to Emory Hospital the next day for treatment of facial bruises and that was when APD was notified of the incident. Since there was such a delay in reporting I doubt if the attacker will be caught. On 8/24 on North Avenue at 5 p.m. a dog walker was stopped by a b/m in a vehicle to ask a question – the pedestrian victim walked to the car at which time the driver hit him with the car, the victim held on to the car door handle and was dragged along the street. The perp escaped.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from PDL Terrace and from St. Charles Avenue.

Commercial Burglary – Three units were entered at the storage facility on Monroe Drive in Piedmont Heights, and one unit was entered at the storage facility on Kanuga Street with no signs of forced entry.

Residential Burglary – A condo unit on Rosedale Drive was entered with no signs of forced entry – but the spare key kept under the front door mat was missing. Please warn your neighbors that we don’t live in Mayberry, and of all places to hide a spare key – under the door mat is not the right place!! All around Zone 6 in this time period – entry was made to 8 residences via a kicked-in door. And another entry was made through a doggie door!! Is the convenience of a pet door really worth the risk??

Larceny from Vehicle – This is the crime category that keeps our beat officers overburdened with service calls. Vehicles were broken into on Barnett Street, Briarcliff Road, Drewry Street (2), Frederica Street, Lanier Boulevard, Los Angeles Avenue (3), North Highland Avenue (3), St. Charles Avenue (4), Vance Avenue, Virginia Avenue (2), PDL Avenue (2), Park Drive, PDL Place, Maiden Lane and Rosedale Drive. One of the St. Charles Avenue perps was caught by a suspicious person 911 call! Of these 25 incidents – 16 of the owner victims were from outside our neighborhood.

Keep warning your visitors of the dangers of leaving visible items in their cars!! And, yes, mundane items will be stolen also – the Briarcliff Road incident listed toilet paper as one of the stolen items. The most blatant Zone 6 incident was the theft of a radio phone from a fire truck parked in front of AFR Station # 29 on Monroe Drive!! Two more liquor trucks were robbed of goods on Monroe Drive and Krog Street. Bar and restaurant owners warn your delivery folks to keep their trucks locked while making delivery stops. All around Zone 6 in this time period 5 license plates were taken off, twenty-one GPS systems were taken, 5 in-dash stereo/radio systems were ripped out and another hand-gun was added to the arsenal on the streets.

Larceny Other – UPS delivery packages were stolen from Virginia and Seminole Avenues. Remember to have your intended UPS and FedEx deliveries made to the safe address of Intown Hardware on North Highland Avenue. Stop by the store for details. At Urban Outfitters on PDL Avenue – 3 males entered the store – two wearing female clothing, one left and the other two grabbed merchandise and fled in the waiting vehicle. A PDL Kroger shopper was pickpocketed and lost his billfold. Green’s Liquors caught a shoplifter with beer under his shirt. At the Edgewood Retail District Office Depot – a bolt cutter was used to free three laptops from a counter display. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 4 shoplifters and the Edgewood Target caught 2 non-paying customers.

Pedestrian Robbery – On 8/17 two neighborhood males were held up at gunpoint at 10:25 p.m. – they had no money so the perp hit one victim on the head, then dropped his gun which discharged, and escaped in his vehicle. On 8/20 an out-of-towner flagged down a cab at the Marriot Marquis downtown to take him to the Westin Hotel – when he finally figured out the cabbie was not taking him to the Westin, he asked why – at that time the cabbie turned around with a drawn handgun and demanded his money. The victim complied and jumped out on Briarcliff Place at 11:30 p.m. losing $700 in cash. That’s a Brownsville, Texas, resident that will never return to Atlanta! On 8/29 at 7:30 p.m. yet another Woodland Avenue resident was robbed at gunpoint while exiting his car.

This next incident report is another which possibly could have been prevented by simply hiding deposit bags on your person when going to the bank. On 8/28 at 10:50 a.m. there were two separate incidents in the parking lot of the Wachovia Bank on Virginia Avenue. A female victim had her deposit bag taken, but a male victim held on to his bag, reaching into his pocket as if pulling out a weapon and the perp fled to a get-away vehicle. The vehicle quite obviously had a stolen tag as the tag did not match to the vehicle description.

Hide your deposit bag under your clothing before leaving your business – don’t let the world know you have ready cash all neatly bundled up in an identifiable bank bag. Our beat # 603 officers report that a large percentage of business depositors are sitting ducks with deposit bags openly visible as they walk to the bank door!!

Be alert and be safe
John

Crime Reports

The following crime reports are for weeks 32 and 33 of 2009, and are gleaned from our total APD Zone 6 reports, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from all over the Zone as it applies to us. These reports are not meant to scare anyone, but simply to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to heighten your sense of alertness and help you avoid becoming another crime victim.

Aggravated Assault – This is an incident I am going to repeat the entire officer’s report. At 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at PDL Avenue and PDL Place, the victim observed the suspect who appeared to be hiding under a delivery truck at Green’s Liquors. The victim tried to get the attention of the truck driver, but the suspect saw this gesture, came across the street and yelled “I am going to pop you”. The suspect ran at the victim with a brick, the victim ran across PDL to Greens and the suspect fled on foot on Maiden Lane.

Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Amsterdam Avenue, Adair Avenue, Rosedale Road, with an unsuccessful attempt on Virginia Avenue. At both the PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix parking lots – 2 car owners left the keys in the ignition and yes, they were stolen. Elsewhere in Zone 6 scooters were stolen from a front porch and a front yard walkway.

Auto Theft Recovery – A stolen vehicle was found on Rosedale Drive.

Commercial Robbery – At 11 p.m. at the McDonald’s on Cheshire Bridge Road, the perp pointed a gun in the drive-in window and demanded money – the clerk ran (good for her!) and the perp unsuccessfully tried to open the register and fled in his car. At 8:30 a.m. on 8/6 in the parking lot of the Virginia Avenue Wachovia Bank, a Cactus Car Wash employee was tackled from behind grabbing his deposit bag – the victim fought back, but the perp escaped with $2800 in a gray Ford F150 pickup southbound on Todd Road. Wachovia Bank tells me they now have a security guard in their parking lot. Once again, I caution business folks making bank deposits to hide the bag, and vary your bank trip routines. You don’t know who is watching you!!

Commercial Burglary – A storage unit at the facility on Kanuga Street was missing contents – but no signs of forced entry.

Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Adair Avenue, Amsterdam Avenue, Arlington Place (2), Barnett Street, Briarcliff Place (3), Frederica Street, Greenwood Avenue, Hudson Drive, Lanier Boulevard, Los Angeles Avenue (5), Maiden Lane, North Highland Avenue (4), Rosedale Drive, St. Charles Avenue, Virginia Avenue (8) and a license plate stolen from Highland Terrace. Of these 33 incidents – that’s 2.5 incidents per day! – 23 of the vehicle owners were visitors to the neighborhood, with 10 being residents. Of course, the Highland Terrace license plate theft could not have been prevented – but am pretty sure most of the others could have been avoided by simply taking out or hiding possessions.

All around Zone 6 in this two-week time period there were TWENTY GPS systems stolen, 7 license plates/stickers taken off, 6 in-dash radios ripped out, and three more hand guns added to the arsenal already on the streets!! Keep walking behind your car periodically to make sure you still have a license plate with the current sticker, and if you don’t, call 911 immediately to place a report.

Larceny Other – A patron’s camera was taken from the bar at the Dark Horse Tavern. In the PDL Avenue Kroger parking lot, the female victim was approached by the perp selling pot – she declined to purchase and he grabbed $20 from her hand and fled on foot. The PDL Avenue Blockbuster had an uncaught shoplifter. The PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 5 shoplifters, and Green’s Liquors caught 2 nonpaying customers. The Target at Edgewood reported 4 shoplifting cases. At 9:15 a.m. a Fairview Road female pedestrian had her purse snatched while walking on PDL Avenue – the perp fled on foot. Around all of Zone 6 six more a/c units were stolen, which means there are still places to sell stolen copper parts.

Pedestrian Robbery – On St. Charles Avenue at 11:50 p.m. three young females and one male were robbed at gunpoint. The perp who only got $7 from them fled in a car, and was later arrested in Zone 3. A landscaper on Springdale Road fought with a perp stealing equipment from his truck – the perp escaped and fled in a car.

Residential Burglary – An Amsterdam Avenue tool shed was broken into. All around Zone 6 in this time period 9 residences were entered via kicked-in doors!

Now that area colleges are back in session, Officer Joe Head, of our VaHi security patrol, warns of increased pedestrian revelers in the bar districts, and to be VERY aware of your surroundings as you take an evening walk with or without a dog, and to not have an music device in your ear to block out noises around you, or be wrapped up in a cell phone conversation.

There are three of us VaHi residents enrolled in Citizen’s Police Academy – I hope to learn more about the workings of APD to further enhance my duties as public safety chair. We’ll be in these classes every Tuesday evening for the next 11 weeks.

Be alert and stay safe!!

Crime reports

The following section of crime reports is gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with reports from all around our Zone as they apply to us. These are not meant to scare anyone, but to let you know what happens around us everyday, and to let you alter your daily activities to avoid becoming a victim. We have to remember that we live in the middle of a big city and awareness and alertness should be on everyone’s mind. This report covers weeks # 30 and 31 of 2009.

  • Aggravated Assault – At 2:50 a.m. on Elizabeth Street in Inman Park, the female victim ran out to the street to confront a perp that had just punched a lock on her car. The perp jumped into an SUV with 2 other males, as the victim approached the vehicle to get a license number, one of the guys pointed a gun at her as they sped off. No injuries reported.
  • Auto Theft – A car stolen from Drewry Street was chased by Zone 3 into Cabbagetown where it crashed on Wylie Street, S.E. The driver ran and escaped capture. Four cars were stolen from parking areas at the Edgewood Retail District. Locally, vehicles were stolen from Amsterdam Avenue, Barnett Street, Park Drive and Virginia Avenue. The following report is unusual to say the least – on Monroe Drive, a driver had taken medication and was feeling dizzy, so he flagged down two people and asked them to drive his car to a gas station so he could call a friend for help. At the gas station he went to the restroom and when he came out – you guessed it! – his car was gone.
  • Commercial Burglary- The storage facility on Monroe Drive in Piedmont Heights reported 4 different units being entered and the same type of facility on Cheshire Bridge Road reported one unit being entered.
  • Commercial Robbery – At the PDL Avenue Kroger, staff members attempted to detain a shoplifter when he pulled a knife on them. He fled on foot and no injuries reported.
  • Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were entered on Barnett Street, Drewry Street, Highland View, Lanier Boulevard (2), North Virginia Avenue, PDL Avenue (3), St. Charles Avenue, Virginia Avenue (2), Virginia Circle, Greenwood Avenue, Los Angeles Avenue, North Highland Avenue (2), and Vance Avenue. Of these 18 incidents, 8 owners were neighborhood residents and 10 were visitors. Each one of these incidents represents tying up the reporting officer for nearly an hour each time – time they could have spent patrolling. Yes, I know sometimes empty cars are entered, but the thefts are crimes of opportunity and most are the direct result of thoughtless behavior on the part of the car owner. We have to be alert even while doing the simple things of life – a PDL Place resident was unloading groceries from her car, left her purse in the car and it was taken. Around the Zone, a case of tequila was taken from a delivery truck on Seminole Avenue, N.E., and in an East Atlanta restaurant parking lot 29 pounds of seafood were taken from another delivery vehicle. All around Zone 6 in this time period 4 more handguns were added to the arsenal on the streets, 4 license plates were taken off, 5 in-dash radios were ripped out and twenty-two GPS systems were taken, along with scores of Ipods, cameras, cell phones, briefcases, laptops, etc.
  • Larceny Other – At 10:40 a.m. at the tennis store at Ansley – two males grabbed handfuls of clothing and escaped. A locked bike was taken from the rack in front of the Ansley LA Fitness. On PDL Place at 11:30 p.m. property left on a car bumper was stolen. At Fellini’s Pizza on PDL Avenue an unwatched purse was taken from a chair. At a Citgo store on Cheshire Bridge Road, an h/m put a 12 pack of beer into a duffle bag and tried to leave without paying – the clerk locked the front door til the police arrived for an arrest. Wicker furniture was stolen from a Monroe Drive front porch. Urban Outfitters on PDL Avenue caught two shoplifters. At the PDL Avenue Kroger, an 80 year old female left her wallet on the checkout counter for just a minute and it was stolen. A UPS package was stolen from Cooledge Avenue – please use Intown Hardware for a safe delivery address. Tell your neighbors about this neighborly service and prevent these thefts. All around Zone 6, a/c units continue to be stolen. Business owners take note – at a Glenwood Avenue, S.E. Phillips 66 store at 2 p.m., the employee victim walked out with a bank deposit – it was grabbed and the thief fled in a car – $9874 was lost!!
  • Residential Burglary – At the Briarcliff Summit building on PDL Avenue – an apartment door had scratches but no physical evidence of damage, but entry was made somehow. There were two separate apartments entered at the Virginia Highland Apartments on Virginia Avenue. All around Zone 6 in this time period – entry was made via kicked-in doors eleven times and doggie doors were used for entry in two other burglaries. You may think your pet door is too small for a thief to enter – think again!!
  • Pedestrian Robbery – At 2 a.m. a lone male walking home on North Highland Avenue from a bar saw a b/m male walking ahead of him. The perp suddenly turned around, made a verbal threat and the victim threw his billfold on the sidewalk and continued walking northward to home. At 11:45 p.m. on PDL Avenue, an h/m was robbed at gunpoint by four h/m pedestrians who fled into the night. At 9 a.m. on Piedmont Circle, an Intown Suites resident was robbed at gunpoint while he was taking out his trash basket.

Stay alert and stay safe!!

Crime reports

Crime reports from APD

The following report is gleaned from our APD Zone 6 crime stats – with emphasis on our VaHi Beat # 603, but with news from all around the whole zone as applicable to us. These stats are from weeks 28 and 29 of 2009, and are not meant to scare anyone, but rather to let you know what happens around us everyday and to allow you to adjust your daily lifestyle habits to avoid being victimized where possible.

  • Aggravated Assault – Two males got into a fight at the Open Door at 910 PDL Avenue over owed money, with the suspect threatening to stab the other with a butter knife and to break his neck – the suspect fled on foot before the officer’s arrival.
  • Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Frederica Street, PDL Place, and an unsuccessful attempt in the parking lot of the Virginia Highland apartments on Virginia Avenue.
  • Commercial Burglary – On 7/4 the front glass door was broken and 3 racks of clothing were taken from the Meringue clothing store on North Highland Avenue. Storage units were broken into at such businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road, Kanuga Street, and Monroe Drive.
  • Residential Burglary – An apartment at the Virginia Highland complex on Virginia Avenue was entered via a damaged front door lock. All around Zone 6 in this time period 9 residences were entered thru kicked-in doors.
  • Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were entered on Bellevue Drive, Briarcliff Place (2), Greenwood Avenue (3), Los Angeles Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue (7), PDL Place, St. Augustine Place, St. Charles Avenue, Vance Avenue (2), Arlington Place, Glen Arden Way, PDL Avenue, Virginia Avenue (3) and Virginia Circle. Of these 27 separate incidents in just two weeks, 14 victims were from outside VaHi, and 13 were local residents. Please warn your neighbors and visitors alike about the dangers of leaving visible items in cars. Remember the Clean Car Campaign – your belongings are their loot!!! Yes, I know that sometimes clean cars are rifled through too, but most break-ins are in response to visible items left out for stealing. All around Zone 6 in this time period twenty-one GPS systems were taken, three more hand guns were added to the arsenal on the streets, two in-dash radios were ripped out, and three license plates/stickers were taken off. Keep looking behind your car to make sure you still have a plate, and if not, report it immediately – your stolen plate may be used on another car for other criminal activity.
  • Larceny Other – A purse was taken from the back of a chair at the MJQ Club on PDL Avenue, and of course. the credit cards were used quickly. Please warn ladies whom you spot in restaurants, clubs who hang their purse on the back of their chair. Our PDL Avenue Kroger and Publix stores caught 5 shoplifters, and I always wonder how many they do not catch, including the folks I see eating produce off the counter. I always secretly hope these folks will get sick from this unwashed merchandise.
  • Pedestrian Robbery – At 9 on a Sunday morning on PDL Avenue, a wheelchair bound male had a bag taken from the arm of his chair containing $28 in cash by two b/m who fled on foot. On Somerset Terrace at 12:15 a.m. a female resident, walking up her driveway, was approached by a homeless h/m whom she initially hit with her wine glass, but he knocked her down and took her cell phone. Yes, he did sustain injuries from the wine glass, and was taken to Grady where the victim identified him. Your guess is as good as mine as to whether the assailant had insurance to pay for his Grady treatment.

Stay alert and stay safe!!

Crime reports

The following listings are from our APD Zone 6 crime stat reports for the weeks of 26 and 27 of 2009, with emphasis on our beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. These are not meant to scare anyone, but to alert you as to what happens around us every day so you can take steps to avoid as much criminal activity as possible.

  • Auto Thefts – A vehicle was stolen from Virginia Avenue with an attempt on Cresthill Avenue which resulted in much damage. This story is very interesting and is taken from the report. The victim changed his story several times, but stated on 6/27 he parked his car at North Highland at St. Louis Place and then walked to Taco Mac. When he returned he said he lost his keys so he got a ride home to get a spare and upon returning the car was gone. Victim did not file a report til 6/30. The officer checked and found the vehicle was impounded to Buckhead Towing with front end damage from a hit and run accident with a driver matching the “victims” description. No word as to whether he was arrested.
  • Commercial Burglary – The East Atlanta Hardware store lost plants from their garden center. I always wonder how many plants “disappear” from the Home Depot on PDL Avenue in the middle of the night – but they are in APD Zone 5 and I don’t get their reports.
  • Larceny From Auto – Cars were broken into on Barnett Street, Greenwood Avenue, Los Angeles Avenue, North Highland Avenue (2), PDL Avenue (3), St. Charles Avenue (2), Virginia Avenue (2), Amsterdam Avenue, Bonaventure Avenue, Briarcliff Place, Cooledge Avenue, and PDL Place. Of these 17 incidents, 9 of the vehicle owners were from outside our neighborhood – and again I plead to warn our neighborhood visitors of the dangers of leaving valuables in sight in their vehicles. I’m sure many of these folks are bar/restaurant patrons who will never return to our local venues. All around Zone 6 in this time span there were 4 license plates taken off, 8 GPS systems taken out, 4 in-dash radio/stereo systems ripped out, and 8 more hand guns added to the arsenal already on the streets. There are also lots of reports of tools being taken from trucks parked at residential workplaces – warn your lawnservice and repair people about this danger.
  • Larceny Other – A baby stroller was taken from a North Highland Avenue front yard. I continue to see lots of baby strollers on front porches ready for the taking. A bicycle was stolen from outside the Local Bar on PDL Avenue, as well as two chained bicycles from the Edgewood Retail District and in front of 1050 PDL Avenue. A landscaping light was taken from a PDL Avenue residence. Mitzi and Romano caught a shoplifter, but she escaped in her car. At the LA Fitness at Ansley, thieves removed the victim’s lock on his locker, took his wallet and put another lock on the locker. Green’s Liquor on PDL Avenue caught a shoplifter. Around Zone 6 a/c units continue to be stolen as scrap metal prices continue to rise..
  • Pedestrian Robbery – At Fellini’s on PDL Avenue – some employees were taking a smoke break at 10:30 p.m. behind the dumpster when they were robbed at gunpoint by 3 b/m who escaped in a car. On 7/3 on Maiden Lane at 2:45 a.m., two suburban females were waiting on a friend when they were robbed of their purses with physical force (no reported gun) by an h/m.
  • Residential Robbery – On 7/3 at 4:50 a.m. at a North Morningside Drive apartment, the female victim stated she awoke after hearing her name being called out – she went to the living room to find her husband on the floor with suspects standing over him. One suspect was pointing a gun to his head demanding “dough” or “dope”. Then the suspects demanded the same of her – she went to the bedroom, called 911 and got money. She threw the money at the suspects, slapped one of the suspects and they fled. The responding officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the apartment.
  • Residential Burglary – Two different apartments in the same building suffered kicked-in doors on 6/20 and 6/25. At a Briarcliff Road apartment building, the perp who was attempting to kick in a door was surprised by an alert neighbor and fled. At a Seminole Avenue apartment, entry was made via a window and the resident’s dog was found tied up in the bathroom.All around Zone 6 in this time period, entry was made to residences via kicked-in doors 12 times!!

Be alert and be safe!!

Crime reports

The Urban Body Burglaries

As I reported in the last Report, Donald Rayfield was arrested on 6/17 for the many, many repeated break-ins at the Urban Body buildings on PDL Place. Since then, I have heard from Sharla Jackson, our Community Prosecutor, that his case was indicted on 6/23 with charges of criminal attempt burglary, loitering and prowling. No court date as of yet – but I will keep you apprised when there will be an opportunity for a Court Watch session.

Crime reports from APD

The following report is based on the crime stats from Zone 6 for our Beat # 603 for weeks 24 and 25 of 2009 along with news from around the Zone as it pertains to us. Once again, let me remind you that this is not meant to scare anyone – just to make you alert and aware of what happens around us every day.

  • Aggravated Assault – On 6/10 at 7:30 p.m. a St. Louis Place resident saw a w/m sleeping in the new parkland and asked him to leave. The napper walked off but returned with a brick and made threatening gestures. He was apprehended by police. On 6/14 at 6:30 p.m. on I-85 near Buford Highway in the northbound lanes, shots were fired from a passing vehicle into another vehicle and struck one of the out-of-town occupants in the upper body. The police report was filed at Piedmont Hospital and did not mention as to whether this was a road rage incident.
  • Auto Theft – Vehicles were stolen from Amsterdam Avenue, Arlington Place and St. Charles Avenue. The Arlington Place stolen vehicle was illegally parked in a resident only space, and no, it was not towed.
  • Commercial Burglary – The final two break-ins at Urban Body were reported on 6/16 and 6/17 leading to the arrest of the homeless w/m Donald Rayfield. Dugan’s Bar on PDL Avenue was broken into on 6/11 by breaking a hole in the rear wall of the building, and yes, a flat screen tv was taken.
  • Larceny from Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Virginia Avenue, Briarcliff Place and North Highland Avenue (2). Of these 4 reported incidents – all of the owners were from outside of the neighborhood. If you are in the hospitality business – please remind your patrons to clean out their cars before enjoying an evening in our neighborhood. Let’s continue to collectively eliminate the “bait for the rats”. Other Zone 6 communities were not as lucky as we were in that in this 2 week period there were eleven GPS systems taken out, 4 license plates taken off (including a state vehicle on Cheshire Bridge Road), 5 in-dash radios ripped out and one handgun added to the arsenal on the streets, as well as countless I-pods, cameras, cell phones, wallets, etc. In a restaurant parking lot in East Atlanta an unsecured delivery truck lost 3 cases of vodka. Another case of a cut-off catalytic converter was also reported.
  • Larceny Other – At the Chevron store at Virginia and North Highland a bottle of wine was taken by a bicycle riding thief – he was chased by a store staffer and was caught by an alert patrolling officer. (Rajesh – were you the chaser?) Another copper theft from a rooftop a/c unit on Moreland Avenue, as well as two separate residential a/c unit thefts elsewhere in the Zone. Scrap metal prices are rising again and so are the copper thefts. Yet another wallet stolen from an Edgewood Kroger shopper. No reports of FedEx/UPS deliveries being stolen – are you using Intown Hardware as your delivery address?
  • Residential Burglary – A North Highland Avenue apartment was entered via a kicked-in door, and a Virginia Avenue apartment was robbed with no signs of forced entry – though the sliding glass was open when the resident arrived home. All over Zone 6 in this 2 week period, entry was made via kicked-in doors twelve times and entry was made two times by removing window a/c units.
  • Pedestrian Robbery – In a Piedmont Avenue parking lot on 6/17 at 5 a.m. – three victims were robbed at gunpoint, with the initial victim locked in the trunk of his vehicle.

Be Alert and be Safe!!

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Business Owners Making Bank Deposits

I got an e-mail report this week from Rajesh Ramakrishnan from the Chevron store at Virginia and North Highland Avenues about how one of his tires was slashed just before he left to make a bank deposit in an attempt to rob him. No robbery – but a new tire purchase. A similar incident was reported from the Bank of America parking lot on Flat Shoals Avenue, S.E. in East Atlanta where the victim was looking at his slashed flat tire when the perp opened his passenger door and grabbed his bank bag. Don’t think you are not being observed when you are on bank deposit missions – be alert!!

School Break-ins

Grady High School was broken into this past week and lost a lot of computers. Paidea School on PDL Avenue also lost 15 more computers – in addition to those stolen earlier in multiple break-ins the past few months.

Thievery From Pickup Trucks

There are reports from all over Zone 6 about tool and equpment thefts from trucks parked in front of residences while work is being done. Warn your lawn service and maintenance guys while they are working at your house. I realize it is hard for them to chain down their tools while they are working – but these thefts are rampant.

Crime reports from APD

The following categorized reports are gleaned from our Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 22 and 23 of 2009 with emphasis on our VaHi beat 603, but with news from all over the Zone as it pertains to us. Read these reports and see how you can alter your daily routine to avoid some of these situations.

  • Aggravated Assault – At the Briarcliff Summit a resident was stabbed by a visitor. At the Platinum 21 on Piedmont Road, a bar fight resulted in the security guard getting hit on the head with a bottle.
  • Auto Thefts – Amazingly – no auto thefts for this two week time period in Beat # 603, but there were 9 stolen in week 23 in Beat # 604 just south of us. Scooter thievery continues at a rapid clip around the Zone – even when they are chained (guess you have to hide them now). There is a black motor scooter with a Georgia Tech decal on it parked at the northeast corner of Barnett and Drewry Streets that has been there for over a week now – I am amazed it has escaped being stolen so far. Is it abandoned or does anyone know who the owner is?
  • Auto Theft Recovery – An abandoned vehicle report on Arlington Place reunited a stolen car with it’s owner. A scooter stolen from Greenwood Avenue was taken to Atlanta Motorcycle and Scooter on Elizabeth Street, N.E. for repair where it was identified even though the VIN had been scratched off. The person who brought it in left a Roswell address – no word as to whether it was a legitimate address.
  • Commercial Burglary – Viagra pills were taken from a unit at a storage facility on Cheshire Bridge Road. The Teuscher Chocolate store on North Highland Avenue in Morningside was entered via a smashed glass front door. Ru Sans restaurant on Piedmont Avenue was entered through a smashed front glass front door also. The tennis store at Ansley was entered via a smashed rear door window. Urban Body on PDL Place was entered twice – on 6/5 and 6/6 with a flat screen tv and a computer monitor stolen. In yet another theft at this beleagured business, their a/c units were stolen. Atlanta Motorcycle and Scooters on Elizabeth Street was entered by pushing in their exhaust fan. Does your business have such a vulnerable spot and can it be welded into place to better secure it? The San Francisco coffee shop on North Highland Avenue just south of PDL Avenue was entered via a pried open front door. South of us – the North Highland Pub, The Albert, Brewhouse Cafe, Shaun’s and the 97 Estoria were all broken into. Java Jive on PDL Avenue had copper piping taken from their rooftop a/c unit. Not an easy time for small business owners on top of the lousy economy.
  • Larceny From Auto – Vehicles were broken into on Highland Lane, Los Angeles Avenue, North Highland Avenue (3), PDL Avenue (4), St. Charles Avenue (2), Barnett Street, Bonaventure Avenue, and Briarcliff Place. Of these 14 separate incidents – 11 of the vehicles were owned by folks out of VaHi. Please, please, please – warn your visitors to clean out their cars, especially if you are in the hospitality business. There were wheels stolen from cars on Hillpine Drive and Moreland Avenue. Also all around Zone 6 in this time period there were eleven GPS systems stolen, 7 in-dash stereo radios ripped out, 2 license plates taken off, one hand gun added to the arsenal on the streets, and (now that scrap metal prices are going up again) a catalytic convertor sawed off.
  • Larceny Other – Kid’s bicycles were stolen from Brookridge Drive, and another bicycle taken from a Monroe Drive front porch. All across Zone 6 lots of chained bicycle thefts also – guess you have to take them inside when not being ridden – chaining is not enough protection now. Two thefts reported from inside Zone 6 churches – the Inman Park Methodist Church on Edgewood Avenue had a laptop stolen, and a volunteer worker at St. John Lutheran church on PDL Avenue had a credit card stolen from her purse. At the Eastlake YMCA cash was stolen from an unsecured locker. The bread man had his p/c stolen while stocking his goods at the PDL Avenue Kroger store. The Edgewood Kroger store caught 4 shoplifters. At a Georgia Power substation on Moreland Avenue thieves cut fencing and took 4 ground wires (for scrap metal I presume) – too bad they weren’t zapped. An unwatched purse was taken from a shopping cart at the Edgewood Bed, Bath & Beyond store. This is a real sick report – 25 metal grave markers were stolen from South View Cemetery on Jonesboro Road (for scrap metal again I presume).
  • Pedestrian Robbery – On 6/3 at 1:40 a.m. a male and female were robbed at gunpoint by a lone b/m at North Highland Avenue and Highland View. On 5/27 at 11:30 p.m. a female waiting at a PDL Avenue bus stop was pushed to the ground and robbed of her cell phone.
  • Residential Burglary – A PDL Avenue apartment was entered via a kicked-in front door. On Los Angeles Avenue entry was made through an unsecured garage door. A Greenwood Avenue apartment resident had a bicycle stolen – not listed as to whether this was inside the apartment or on the porch. All around Zone 6 in this time period – entry was made to residences via kicked-in doors 14 times, and another incident involved a pushed-in window a/c unit. If you know folks who have window a/c units – make sure they have their units bolted into the window frame.

Be alert and stay safe!!

John

Crime reports

The following reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 crime stats for weeks 20 and 21 of 2009, with emphasis on our Beat # 603, but with news from around the Zone as it pertains to us. Please read these reports with an eye as to how you can alter your daily activities to avoid being in a situation for criminal activity.

  • Aggravated Assault – At Dugans Bar on PDL Avenue one patron struck another patron for seemingly no reason.
  • Auto Theft – At the Papa John’s pizza store on Piedmont Avenue, an employee left his keys in the ignition while he was preparing to make deliveries – and guess what? Week 20 had no auto thefts – but week 21 was a different story. Cars were stolen on Arlington Place, Greenwood Avenue (the victim saw his car being driven off), Rosedale Drive (this was found on Virginia Avenue), Virginia Avenue (2), PDL Place, and on Virginia Circle a red Jeep was stolen for the 2nd time in a couple of months. So much for my previous advice about chaining up small motor scooters – thieves just cut the chain used to secure one in a Ralph McGill parking garage!! But – at least the chain really made them work harder to get the scooter.
  • Commercial Burglary – At the new storage facility being built on PDL Place – tools were taken from the site and the perp tried to sell them to the owner at the PDL Avenue McDonalds – somehow he managed to take them from the perp and discovered the breakin when he got to PDL Place that morning. The public storage facility on Cheshire Bridge Road had a lock removed from a unit and items were stolen – the storage facility in Kanuga Street also had a unit robbed. At the Atlanta Vision optical store in Edgewood entry was made via a smashed glass front door with $14,400 worth of frames stolen.
  • Commercial Robbery – My Dry Cleaners on Moreland Avenue in L5P was robbed at gunpoint – the second time in just months.
  • Larceny From Auto – This is an area where we all can make a difference and free up officers from having to spend so much time writing up these reports. Keep your own car cleaned out of “stuff” and most importantly, warn your visitors to clean out their cars before enjoying an evening here in VaHi. If you are in the hospitality or retail business especially – warn your patrons and ask them to return to their cars if they think they might have items left in plain sight. You are doing them a favor!! Cars were broken into on Amsterdam Walk, Adair Avenue (this perp was caught by a patrolling officer!!), Arlington Place (2), Drewry Street, Kanuga Street, North Highland Avenue, PDL Avenue (2), PDL Place, Amsterdam Avenue, and Cooledge Avenue. On Todd Road, the victim, while waiting for a friend to come and help change a flat tire, talked to a guy with a “security” baseball cap on – he left the car for a short time and property was missing. Of these 13 incidents – 7 of the owners were from outside of VaHi. All around Zone 6 in this time period – 13 GPS systems were taken, 4 in-dash stereos ripped out, 5 license plates taken off, 3 handguns taken, as well as scores of laptops, cameras, cell phones, I-pods, etc.
  • Larceny Other – Diamond earrings were missing from a Virginia Circle residence after an exterminator’s visit. At the Edgewood Wachovia parking lot at 10:30 a.m. on a Monday – 3 deposit bags were taken from under the victim’s arms – the victim gave chase, but the perps escaped. If you are making business deposits – alter your timing and your route to the bank, and conceal the bank bags somehow. Otherwise you are a sitting duck as was this victim!! At the Starbucks inside the Ansley Kroger – a customer was having coffee when the suspect asked her to read the fine print on a package of sugar – she later noticed she was missing $750 from her purse. The PDL Avenue Blockbuster got shoplifted. Lawn equipment was stolen from a trailer parked in front of a Drewry Street residence – the owners had gone to the back yard for 5 minutes!! A bicycle was stolen from a storage area in a St. Charles Avenue apartment building. An unwatched purse was stolen from a St. Charles Avenue front porch. The Edgewood Target caught 3 shoplifters and the Krogers in that same center caught 6 shoplifters.
  • Pedestrian Robbery – Yet another h/m was robbed at gunpoint in a Woodland Avenue parking lot at 5:50 a.m. On 5/10 at 1:50 a.m. on Seminole Avenue two twenty-something males were robbed at gunpoint by 2 b/m – and on that same street on 5/14 at 3 a.m.two females were robbed at gunpoint by two b/m. At the Edgewood Kroger parking lot on 5/10 at 9:15 p.m. a lone female was robbed at gunpoint and also lost her car to a b/m and b/f.
  • Residential Burglary – On Lanier Boulevard entry was made via rear double doors being pushed in. A witness gave chase as the perp left on a bicycle – but lost him. All over Zone 6 in this time period 11 doors were kicked in to gain entry to residences.

Thanx to Joy Rousso of Atkins Park for passing this notice on to me from DeKalb Police – the same things apply here in the city also. You might want to print this out and keep it on the refrigerator door to remind yourself every once in a while. Suspicious persons and activities 911 calls do make a difference!!

Be alert and be safe!

John