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!