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).