April 29, 2016

FBAC Report April 2016 - Virginia Highland Security Patrol (FBAC)

The activity report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts.

Directed Patrols:  19
Drop ins/Park and Walks:  28
Suspicious person:  3
Alarm Response:  7
Suspicious Vehicle:  2
Parking Complaints:  9
Noise Complaints:  0
Out of town Checks:  18
Abandoned Auto:  0
FBAC member Contact:  5
Lost Person:  0
Street Obstruction:  0
Wanted Persons:  0
Intoxicated Persons:  0
Found Property:  0
Criminal Trespass:  0
Info for Officers:  3
Shots Fired:  1
Calls for service (cell Phone):  5

News and Notes:

Call 911 First!

All members please call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the FBAC Phone. The phone number is (770) 310-0871 and is also on the schedule that is emailed to you monthly.

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.

House Sign Campaign

Virginia-Highland Civic Association Safety Committee along with Neighborhood Watch and FBAC are teaming up to improve visibility of house numbers within the neighborhood. Today as many as 50% of the homes on some streets have numbers that are not visible from the street after dark. Some don’t have any numbers visible or are not easy to read even in full daylight. This presents a serious risk of delay when first responders, whether police, fire or ambulance, are trying to locate you in an emergency. 

Our street captains will be distributing information to their street about the campaign, and this Saturday April 30th, volunteers will be staffing tables with information about what to do to make your home easier to find along with sample house signage that can be purchased from VHCA and from Intown Ace Hardware. See volunteers on Saturday at the triangle (Virginia and N. Highland) from 9-11, or in front of Ace Hardware from 2-4.

Significant Incidents:

Note that the names of victims and other details are sometimes removed from these reports to protect the victim.

Armed Robbery 881 N. Highland Av (0124 am) from Officers Narrative:

On 4/22/2016, I (Officer J. T. Thompson) was dispatched to a pedestrian robbery at 881 N Highland Ave NE. I was dispatched at 0124 hours. There were two victims. Victims were walking together. They had just left the Warren bar at 816 N Highland Ave NE and were walking to their apartment at 881 N Highland Ave NE apt 7. 

The apartments are horseshoe shaped opening towards N Highland Ave NE. Victim 2 advised they had walked into the courtyard and were about to walk up the steps to their apartment when he heard the suspects run up from behind him. Victim 2 advised there were 3 suspects. Suspect 1 told them to get on the ground. Both victims got on the ground. Victim 1 advised they stole her leather purse from her at this point. It had her wallet with her identification, debit card, social security card and $300 in cash in it. 

Her iPhone was also in the purse. The phone was turned off at first. We later tracked the phone around 0245 hours. It appeared to be at the end of Center St NW in zone 1. It was not moving at the time of the track and was turned off a few minutes later. I asked radio to send a zone 1 unit to that location and gave them a lookout of the suspects. We also alerted the Video Integration Unit.

Investigator Bacon came to the location. Lt. Roberson was notified on scene. Victim 1 was carrying his bass guitar in a gear bag. The suspects stole his gear bag with the guitar in it. He advised they patted his body down, but they did not steal his wallet or cell phone. The guitar was a Fender Precision 1959 reissue edition worth around $4000. Also his foot pedals for the guitar were in the gear bag. Victim 2 advised he could let the local music stores know about what was stolen so that they could alert police if someone brought in his gear. 

There were 3 suspects. Suspect 1 was the suspect that told them to get down. Victim 2 had a description of suspect 1. Victim 2 advised suspect 1 was a black male wearing baggy black jeans. He was wearing a black zip up hoodie. He did not see suspect's face very good. Suspect 1 had a silver in color semi-auto hand gun. Victim 1 got a better look at suspect 2. Suspect 2 was a black male in his early 20's. He was wearing a plain black hoodie. He was wearing a red bandanna on his head and had shoulder length dreads. He was wearing white tennis shoes. Victim 1 advised that she could pick suspect 2 out of a lineup if needed. Suspect 2 had a black semi-auto handgun. Victims did not have a description of suspect 3.

FBAC was on duty and responded to this call

Follow-up note: the guitar and gear were located at a music store in Marietta and the two individuals who brought it into the store were arrested and charged with possession of stolen merchandise. They were arraigned and released on bond. APD investigators are working this angle to connect the dots to the three robbery suspects.

Armed Robbery 1186 Briarcliff Pl (0140 am) from Officers Narrative:

On 4/26/2016, I (Officer J. T. Thompson) was dispatched to an attempted robbery with a shooting near 1186 Briarcliff Pl NE. I was dispatched at 0140 hours. Victim advised to the investigator the incident happened while he was walking from Dark Horse (814 N Highland Ave NE) up Briarcliff Pl NE to get to his apartment at 850 Briarcliff Rd NE. We determined by the location of the shell casings that the robbery happened in front of or very close to 1186 Briarcliff Pl NE. 

Victim advised he was approached by two black males wearing dark colored hoodies and masks. He advised both of the males had handguns. Victim advised one of the males told him to give them his wallet. Victim had a handgun in his waistband. He reached to pull out his weapon and he advised the two suspects ran and began to shoot at him. Victim returned fire at the suspects. Suspects did not get any of victim's belongings. 

He advised he last saw the men leaving in a black in color older model 4 door small to mid-size sedan. Victim advised they drove East on Briarcliff Pl NE towards Briarcliff Rd. Victim had 3 gunshot wounds. He had one to his right arm at the elbow. He had one to his left leg inner thigh. He had one to his right foot. Grady and Atlanta fire came to the location. The paramedic advised that the shot to his right foot was likely self-inflicted. Victim advised he may have accidentally shot himself in the foot while retrieving his gun from his pants. I had a hard time trying to question Victim because he was in extreme pain. Victim was transported to Grady Trauma room 7. 

Witness 1, advised he was inside his apartment and heard approximately 12 shots. He advised he went onto his back porch and saw victim stumbling in the street yelling for help and to call 911. He advised victim told him he was shot. He advised victim took a handgun from his pants and put it on the ground. Witness then kicked it away from them while waiting for police. 

Witness 2, advised the following: "I heard a gunshot and immediately woke up." She advised she saw two men running East on Briarcliff Pl then North on Rosedale. She advised one of the men was firing his weapon. She advised they appeared to be black males wearing blue jeans, long sleeve shirts and hats. She advised all the clothing was dark. She described a gold in color older model Toyota Sedan that had been parked on Rosedale suddenly taking off after she lost sight of the two men running away. It took off up Briarcliff Pl toward Briarcliff Rd NE. She then saw another man limping around the corner. She advised he hobbled towards the parking lot of the building next to her (846 Briarcliff rd Ne). He was yelling call the police. She advised she did not see anyone's face to be able to identify anyone. 

Witness 3, advised he has a live camera inside his apartment. It does not point outside, but it does have audio. He advised he listened back to the audio of the shooting and counted 11 shots. He advised the time on his camera during the shooting was 1:37 and he would be happy to provide investigators with that footage if it would help the investigation in any way. 

I placed victim’s shirt, pants and the sock and shoe with the gun shot in it in property as evidence. We recovered 7 shell casings from scene. 3 were .380 caliber casings and 4 were .40 caliber casings. Victims hand gun was placed in city property. It was a Glock 22 .40 caliber with serial number GEP765. Lt. Roberson came to the crime scene. General Investigator Bacon came to the location. Crime scene (Reeves) came to process the incident scene.


All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the FBAC Phone. The phone number is (770) 310-0871 and is also on the schedule that is emailed to you monthly.

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.

Note: Part one crime statistics from the Atlanta Police Department are available online and will be included in the VaHi Safety Team Reports which are distributed by Neighborhood Watch approximately twice per month. These statistics will no longer be duplicated here. 

If you have questions about this change, please send a message to vahisafety@gmail.com. If you do not know who your street captain is, please send a message to ebarrsafety@gmail.com with your name and street address, and Eleanor Barrineau will connect you.

April 19, 2016

A Safety Note from Jim Hardy - Help Prevent Theft from Vehicles

Our neighborhoods are continuing to experience numerous thefts from vehicles.  Several of the vehicles were parked in the same general area, probably indicating gang activity. Police reports 
indicate that in many instances the vehicles were left unlocked or with windows partially open.  In even more cases, items stolen were left inside the vehicles in plain sight.  More alarmingly, in a number of instances weapons were also reported stolen from the vehicles.

While good investigations, increased police presence and increased video coverage of parking lots have been successful in capturing a number of the thieves, many of the thefts were 
preventable. Vehicle owners can help prevent these thefts using a few common sense rules.

  • Choose your parking place carefully. The safest spots are usually well-lit, with lots of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, with video coverage, and not adjacent to a parking lot exit.
  • Remove all valuables from sight in the vehicle (laptops, tablets, cell phones, purses, etc), 
  • Remove from sight all backpacks, briefcases, gym bags, etc. Even bags which don’t contain valuables will attract thieves.
  • Lock valuables and bags in the trunk before you get to the parking place. 
  • Remove all charger cords, GPS and GPS mounts. These things indicate you may have valuables hidden in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave weapons in your vehicle, unless locked in a safe in your trunk.
  • Make sure all windows are closed.
  • Lock your car and insure the alarm is on.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for anyone watching you.
  • Immediately notify the police if you do experience a theft from your vehicle. 
    • Also notify the company which owns the parking lot.

Crime Prevention is not just a police responsibility.  We all share that responsibility. A number of insurance companies recognize vehicle owners/drivers responsibility to help prevent thefts from vehicles.  Those insurers will not pay claims if the owner/driver did not properly secure their vehicle and its contents.

Jim Hardy
NPU F Public Safety Chair

Note: Jim is recently retired as the Department of Homeland Security’s Protective Security Advisor (PSA) for the State of Georgia, after over 45 years of law enforcement, security and management experience with the US Air Force, municipal police and private industry. We are lucky to have him as a member of our community and an active participant in our Neighborhood Planning Unit. From time to time he will be writing safety notes which we will share here.

April 12, 2016

VaHi Safety Team Report Weeks Ten, Eleven and Twelve (2/28/16 – 3/19/16)

News and Notes

Troy Barber Burglary Suspect

Troy Barber is an individual currently wanted by APD Zone 5 for a residential burglary. He is also a suspect in a Cabbagetown burglary. Records indicate he is a 52 year old black male, 6’4” tall and weighing 257 pounds. He has a long record in the state prison system going back to 1984. Indications are that he is on foot so he could turn up in any nearby neighborhoods. He has been spotted a few times in the past few days, but has not yet been apprehended. If you see this man, do not confront him. Call 911 immediately and give them a description of what he is wearing and which direction he is headed. If you cannot see the embedded photograph, you can view a photograph here https://virginia-highland.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=23658455

Atlanta Police Department Resident Polling via Nextdoor

From APD Press Release: As part of its participation in the White House’s Police Data Initiative, the Atlanta Police Department will begin using Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to poll residents in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Police Department has been using Nextdoor since April 2014 to better connect with residents and is one of the first public safety agencies in the country to gain access to Nextdoor Polls. Nextdoor Polls will enable verified residents in Atlanta to provide feedback on specific programs and overall sentiment directly to the department in an open and transparent way.

“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is imperative to our continued community policing efforts and will add another layer of transparency between the Atlanta Police Department and our community,” said Chief George N. Turner. “With Nextdoor Polls, we can connect directly with residents, gather their input, and work together to make Atlanta an even better place to call home.”

BeltLine Update

In an effort to support our native pollinators, “bee hotels” have recently been installed along the BeltLine. Please leave these installations alone as the bees should not be disturbed, but be aware that they are there to help with pollination of the native plants along the trail.

There are also several upcoming meetings of interest.

Tonight, April 11th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center (226 Chester Ave. SE) attend the Northeast and Southeast study group meeting to hear about the Eastside Trail Extension, conceptual design process for Bill Kennedy Way and conceptual designs for the Reynoldstown Stage.

April 19th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at James Orange Rec Center (1305 Oakland Dr SW) Attend the Southwest study group meeting to hear about the strategic site assessment for Murphy Crossing (location of old farmer’s market) in southwest Atlanta.

April 21st from 6:39 – 8:00 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (25 Boulevard NE) attend the Northeast study group meeting listening session. This will be the first of five meetings for the BeltLine staff to hear your feedback.

Atlanta City Council District Six Newsletter

Follow the link to read Council rep Alex Wan’s latest newsletter. Participate in the Resident Satisfaction Survey people. My rule is you don't get to complain if you don't participate, so tell the Mayor what you really think!

Virginia-Highland Voice

Find the latest edition of the Virginia-Highland Voice, the official newsletter of the Virginia-Highland Civic Association here

Citizen’s CourtWatch Annual Training

Do you want to learn what CourtWatch is all about? Now is your chance. April 30th is the date for the annual training session. Even if you can't regularly attend court hearings, you can help in other ways, so please get involved. Follow the link for more information.

House Number Event

Save the date Saturday September 30th. Volunteers will be staffing tables at the Virginia/N. Highland Triangle and at Intown Ace Hardware with information about how to improve house number signage. Having signage on your home that makes it easy for first responders to get to you quickly is so important. Volunteers will have samples of house sign options available through our own Intown Ace hardware store or VHCA. More information coming about times, etc.

Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

VHCA Meeting – Tonight April 11, 2016 at 7pm at the Ponce branch of Fulton County Library

NPU Meeting – Monday April 18, 2016 at 7pm at Hillside 1301 Monroe Dr, opposite the CSO facility on Monroe. 

Crime Statistics

The following information is taken from our APD Zone 6 report (http://atlantapd.org/Zone6.aspx).
It includes information from the Virginia-Highland Beat 601 reported incidents along with relevant reports from other nearby beats. Keep in mind that not all incidents are reported. A map showing the location of beats 601 – 612 within Zone 6 can be found at this link http://boundaries.atlantapd.org/Map-Zone6-Beats.aspx

This information is not shared to scare anyone, but to let you know what happens around us every day so you can be alert and aware.

Homicide None reported in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.

Rape None reported in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.

Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery One reported in Beat 601 and fourteen reported in Zone 6.

On March 19th two individuals were walking home along St. Charles Avenue when they were approached by two young black males with hand guns. Thieves took wallets, ID, cash, credit cards, iPhones and electronic cigarettes. Neither victim was physically injured.

Residential Robbery None reported in Beat 601 and three reported in Zone 6.

Commercial Robbery None reported in Beat 601 and one reported in Zone 6.

Aggravated Assault One reported in Beat 601 and eight reported in Zone 6.

On March 16th near 1020 Vance Avenue a suspect tried to choke the victim in his car after a road rage incident. The victim was able to take a picture of the suspect’s vehicle tag which came back to a residence two blocks away. The suspect was found and arrested.

Residential Burglary One reported in Beat 601 and thirty-seven reported in Zone 6.

On March 9th during the daytime a residence at 1040 Greenwood Avenue was entered via an opened back window. A Macbook Pro and jewelry were taken.

Commercial Burglary Two reported in Beat 601 and fourteen reported in Zone 6.

On march 5th during the overnight hours the front glass and burglar bars where broken at 301 Rosemont on N. Highland Avenue. Clothing, cash, and the cash register drawer were taken.

On March 9th during the overnight hours the front glass doors of the pizza restaurant at 730 Barnett was entered via broken glass doors. The cash register was taken.

Larceny from Vehicle Nine reported in Beat 601 and seventy-five reported in Zone 6.

Vehicles were entered on Amsterdam, Highland Lane, Drewry Street, N. Highland Avenue, Rosedale Road, and Virginia Avenue. Vehicles were entered via broken windows. Taken were laptops, iPads, handbags, briefcases, backpacks, a catalytic converted, and four wheels/tires from one vehicle.

Other Larcenies Two reported in Beat 601 and forty-four reported in Zone 6.

On March 2nd a package was taken from a home on Elmwood Drive.

On March 12th seat cushions were taken from a porch on St. Charles Place.

Auto Theft One reported in Beat 601 and twenty-eight reported in Zone 6.

On March 9th a vehicle was stolen from Virginia Avenue
If this report was forwarded to you and you would like to be added to the distribution, please send a message to me at VaHiSafety@gmail.com with your name, email address, and affiliation. Thanks.

Stay Safe!

Kay Stephenson

Virginia-Highland Safety Team