Virginia Highland Security Patrol Report
July 26, 2021 through August 22, 2021
Directed Patrols: 31
Drop ins/Park and Walks: 28
Suspicious person: 3
Alarm Response: 1
Suspicious Vehicle: 1
Parking Complaints: 3
Noise Complaints: 1
Out of town Checks: 9
Abandoned Auto: 0
VAHI Patrol Member Contact: 2
Lost Person: 0
Street Obstruction: 0
Wanted Persons: 0
Intoxicated Persons: 0
Found Property: 0
Criminal Trespass: 0
Info for Officers: 2
Shots Fired: 0
Calls for service (Cell Phone): 3
News and Notes
Attempted Burglary - Saint Charles Place (Suspect Arrested)
On August 6 at 9:22 PM police were dispatched to a prowler call on Saint Charles Place. The victim reported seeing a male suspect who had tried to break into the same home earlier that day. Around 11:30 AM, the victim observed the suspect on his video cameras walking around his back yard and trying to open windows to enter the home. The victim called 911, but the suspect had fled before officers arrived and no report was made at the time since the victim was not present at the home.
Later that evening while the victim was outside with his family, he saw the suspect come through his gate and into the back yard again. The victim told the suspect he had to leave and chased him from the property. Police located the suspect a few minutes later at the corner of Greenwood and North Highland, and the victim was able to make a positive identification. Police arrested the suspect on the scene and subsequently identified him as Timothy Rainey. Police reviewed the victim's video footage and confirmed the details of the incidents.
The suspect was arrested and charged with attempted burglary. He also had an outstanding warrant from Fulton County. The suspect was taken to the Fulton County Jail and booked in.
NOTE: The perpetrator in this case, Timothy Rainey, is a habitual criminal offender who has committed numerous similar crimes in the neighborhood for many years. We have reached out to the Fulton County DA's Community Liaison and asked that his case be tracked through the DA's "Court Watch" program as a case of interest to the neighborhood.
Aggravated Assault – 700-Block Ponce De Leon Place
On August 8 police responded to a hit & run and aggravated assault call on the 700-Block of Ponce de Leon Place. The victim stated that a black male with dreads, approximately 5'7" and 150 lbs driving a gray 2017 Hyundai Sonata hit his car while it was parked. The male got out of his car and looked at the damage to the victim's 2013 BMW 328i, but then re-entered his vehicle. The victim stated that he put his hand on the suspect's car and asked for his license. The suspect closed his car door and the victim again asked for his license. According to the victim, the suspect cocked his gun, aimed it at the victim and drove off. No one was hurt or injured.
Theft from Building – 600-Block Greenwood Ave
On August 18 at 1:30pm police responded to a larceny call at an apartment complex on the 600-Block of Greenwood Ave. The victim stated that he was expecting some bicycle parts to be delivered to his residence. The victim stated that he discovered from his residential video surveillance cameras two subjects who walked by his apartment door around 2:50 AM. One subject picked up a package that was sitting on the floor in front of his apartment.
The victim had previously reported a bicycle that was taken out of the building bike racks, and now this small mail package. The victim further stated that several larceny incidents have recently been reported from his complex. There were no signs of forced entry into the building. The victim sent his video footage to investigators.
We currently have only 321 members subscribed to the patrol. If we can add more members, then we can significantly increase the number of shifts officers are patrolling and they will be able to be more proactive about deterring crime in the neighborhood. Please talk with your friends and neighbors, and encourage them to join at vahipatrol.org
Thefts from vehicles continues to be high across the neighborhood:
Please remove any items that are visible in your vehicles. Even if you believe it is something insignificant, move it out of sight. Keeping a clean car!
If you see someone or something suspicious, please report it to the police. When driving or out walking keep an eye out in the neighborhood, what you see and report just might prevent a crime.
Reminder: All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the Virginia Highland Security Patrol Phone.