2014-10-29 / Crime Watch

Stolen fire hydrant could be costly for taxpayers

Michael Buettner

Here’s something you don’t see every day:

• A fire hydrant was reported stolen from the 9100 block of Spyglass Hill Terrace in Birkdale on Sept. 26.

Stolen fire hydrants aren’t unknown around the country, despite the labor involved in cutting them loose from their supply lines and transporting them – they can weigh as much as 500 pounds. Like so many things these days, they’re targeted by thieves looking to sell them for scrap. Whatever value they have as scrap is probably less than the cost of replacing them, which can run over $1,000.

Anyone who has information about this incident or any other crime is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. You can also submit a tip at crimesolvers.net or text WATSON plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

In other crimes:

Afton (Wareham Place) – A resident of the 9300 block was in his home around 3 a.m. on Oct. 10 when he heard gunshots. Inspecting his property, he found that his vehicle had been shot.

Appleford (Appleford Drive) – Firearms, cash, electronic devices and miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a home in the 2900 block on Oct. 20. No signs of forced entry were found.

Bailey Bridge Road – Unknown suspect(s) entered two trailers at Crenshaw Elementary School in the 11900 block by breaking windows on Oct. 10. Consumable goods were reported stolen.

Bon Air Walk (Sunview Lane) – Copper wire was reported stolen from the crawl space of a house under construction in the 8500 block on Oct. 17.

Brighton Green (Brucewood Drive) – Unknown suspect(s) broke into a truck in the 8800 block by unspecified means on Oct. 10. Firearms and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Cabin Creek (Newbys Bridge Road) – Firearms were reported stolen from a home in the 4500 block on Sept. 29.

Carters Mill (Carters Way Place) – Copper was reported stolen from a home in the 13300 block on Oct. 6.

Ettrick (Main Street) – A group of people were at a party in the yard of a home in the 3200 block around 12:10 a.m. on Oct. 19. A suspect grabbed a phone from one partygoer, then handed it to another suspect who ran a short distance. As some of the partygoers approached the second suspect, he turned and punched one of them in the face, then handed the stolen phone to a third suspect. All three suspects then ran from the area.

Falling Creek Court (Willesden Road) – A battery was reported stolen from a school bus parked at a home in the 4700 block on Oct. 17.

FoxCreek (Ravenchase Way) – Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a house under construction in the 16300 block on Oct. 7.

Huntingcreek Hills (Hunterstand Lane) – Firearms, consumable goods and miscellaneous items were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle at a home in the 6200 block on Oct. 16.

Iron Bridge Road – A tan 1996 Chevrolet SUV was reported stolen by a known suspect from the parking lot of a business in the 10000 block on Oct. 19. The vehicle was found later within the county.

Jefferson Davis Highway – A known suspect brandished a firearm at another driver as they passed each other in the 17300 block around 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 14.

• A known suspect approached and threatened a resident in the 6800 block around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 16. As onlookers tried to pull the suspect away, he turned and fired gunshots toward the resident but missed him.

• Unknown suspect(s) cut a lock in an unsuccessful attempt to steal a dirt bike from a home in the 6800 block on Oct. 16.

Kingsland Road – Unknown suspect(s) threw a rock through a glass side door to enter a home in the 3400 block on Oct. 14. The inside was vandalized and clothing was reported stolen.

Meadow Oaks (Morningmist Court) – Police responded to an alarm call at a home in the 3300 block around 8 a.m. on Oct. 20. They found a French door damaged. Jewelry and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Midlothian Turnpike – Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle at Pearson Hyundai in the 9500 block on Oct. 19. The vehicle’s exterior was vandalized.

Rollingwood Estates Apartments (Tanners Way) – A suspect fired gunshots toward a group of people in the 3100 block around 10:55 a.m. on Oct. 19. He was later found and arrested.

Salisbury (Worchester Road) – Jewelry and miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a home in the 2100 block on Oct. 14 by unknown suspect(s) who pried open a rear door to gain entry.

Somerset (Tri Gate Road) – An unspecified vehicle was reported stolen from a home in the 15900 block on Oct. 13.

Whitepine Road – Firearms were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle at Harry G. Daniel Park in the 6600 block on Oct. 3.

• A suspect wearing no pants approached a visitor at Harry G. Daniel Park around 8 p.m. on Oct. 18.

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