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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 –

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.