February 22, 2018

VaHi Safety Team Report February 21, 2018

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January 30, 2018

Report for January 2018 - Virginia-Highland Security Patrol (FBAC)

FBAC Security Patrol
January 2018
                              The Activity Report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts
Directed Patrols:  19
Drop ins/Park and Walks:  18
Suspicious person:  2
Alarm Response:  6
Suspicious Vehicle:  4
Parking Complaints:  3
Noise Complaints:  0
Out of town Checks:  11
Abandoned Auto:  1
FBAC member Contact:  4
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):  2

News and Notes
Significant incidents through 1/20/18
Burglary (Business) - 730 Barnett Street
On January 5, police responded to the Food Mart located at 730 Barnett St for a burglary to a business.  Upon arrival, officers observed a cut padlock and chain and saw that the front door had been forced open and the glass panels surrounding the cashier area had been knocked out.  The cashier area had been ransacked, with products strewn across the floor and counter.  Private security cameras located in the Food Mart and adjacent businesses were observed.  A witness working at a nearby business stated he did not observe a break-in but had noticed a middle-aged white male wearing a toboggan hat walking past the area between 2:00 – 2:42 AM, and turning eastbound on Ponce De Leon Ave.  Police were unable to reach the business owner immediately to determine what items had been stolen.  Investigators were alerted for follow up; no further information available at this time.

December 31, 2017

Report for December 2017 - Virginia-Highland Security Patrol (FBAC)

                              The Activity Report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts
Directed Patrols:  18
Drop ins/Park and Walks  24
Suspicious person:  3
Alarm Response:  6
Suspicious Vehicle:  2
Parking Complaints:  1
Noise Complaints:  0
Out of town Checks:  23
Abandoned Auto:  0
FBAC member Contact:  6
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):  4

News and Notes
Significant incidents
Burglary (Business) 794 N. Highland Ave
On December 15 at approximately 4:00 AM officers responded to a call from Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar regarding a theft.  A restaurant manager advised that after the business closed he was in the office and noticed one of the cash drawers missing along with approximately $3000 located inside the drawer.  The manager advised that only management has a key to the office where the drawers were stored and that he last saw the drawer before the start of the second shift around 7:00 PM the night before.

The witness advised that the business had been the victim of a similar incident approximately a month prior and had installed cameras inside the office.  The witness did not have access to view the security camera footage.  While locking up the business, the manager noticed that the door leading to the roof at the rear of the building was open.  The officer observed a screwdriver and wood next to the door, indicating that someone had forced entry into the office.  Police took photographs of the scene and collected evidence including the screw driver for further processing.
Burglary (Residential) 700-Block Saint Charles Ave
On December 21 at 12:06 PM police were dispatched to the 700-block of St Charles Ave in response to a residential burglary.  The victim stated that he had left his two room condo that morning at approximately 9:00 AM and returned at 11:55 AM to discover that he had been burglarized.  The window to his west facing bedroom had been pushed open and his Mac desktop computer valued at approximately $1500 was taken from the table in the living room area, along with a shoe box taken from his dresser containing approximately $7000 cash and his U.S. passport.  The victim’s work keys and a stack of gift cards were taken from the top of the dresser. 
The victim stated that he lives alone and no one else has a key to the condo, other than the condo owner who lives outside the city limits and was not in the area that day.  He further stated that he does not have visitors often and had no visitors that day.  The scene was not damaged and there was no sign of forced entry.  The window screen was unpinned from the inside with no damage to the pins or screen and no damage to the window frame.  There were no shoe prints leading to the window from any direction, no hand prints in the dirty window seal and no muddy shoe prints to aid the climb into the window.  Inside the condo there was a neatly folded basket of clothes just underneath the windows that was not disturbed.  No tracks in the carpet indicated movement inside the home.  There were no cameras or recording devices visible near the scene and no fingerprints were found.  At this time there are no witnesses or suspects.

Reminder:  All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the FBAC Phone.