2014-04-16 / Crime Watch

Residents have run-ins with would-be burglars

Michael Buettner

Two county residents, though minding their own business at home, had close encounters of the criminal kind recently:

• A resident of an apartment in North Arch Village in the 9200 block of North Arch Village Court walked into the bedroom around 10:30 p.m. on April 4 and found an unknown suspect who had entered through an unlocked window. The suspect climbed back out the window and fled the scene. Electronic devices were reported stolen.

• A resident of a condominium in the Terraces at Swift Creek in the 5300 block of Creek Heights Drive saw two unknown people at her front window around 10:50 a.m. on April 7. She went outside and found that the window screen had been removed.

Luckily, neither resident was harmed. As a general rule, however, it’s probably preferable to call the police if you have reason to think someone is trying to break into your home, rather than to open the door to check out the situation yourself.

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

In other crimes:

Brandy Oaks (Mountcastle Road) – Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked garage and the unlocked vehicles inside on April 7. Cash, electronic devices and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Creekpointe Apartments (Creekpointe Court) – An unspecified motor vehicle was reported stolen from outside a unit in the 1400 block on April 8.

Heron Pointe (Heron Pointe Court) – Copper piping was reported stolen from an unspecified number of houses under construction around the 4200 block on April 4.

Hickory Road – Unknown suspect(s) entered a home in the 4000 block on April 1 through an unlocked kitchen window. Electronic devices were reported stolen.

Huguenot Village (Irondale Road) – Unknown suspect(s) entered a locked unit in the 1800 block on April 3 and rearranged items. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was reported stolen.

Jefferson Davis Highway – Catalytic converters were reported stolen from an unspecified number of vehicles at Crown Motors in the 15800 block on April 3.

Magnolia Green (Great Willow Drive) – A known suspect used a key to enter a vehicle parked at a home in the 11400 block on April 1. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Midlothian Turnpike – Electronic devices and miscellaneous items were reported stolen from Champions Tae Kwon Do on March 26 by unknown suspect(s) who entered through a locked rear door with no signs of forced entry.

Pocoshock Hills (Pocoshock Boulevard) – Copper piping was reported stolen from under a vacant house in the 20200 block on March 26.

• Unknown suspect(s) pried open the front door of a home in the 2200 block of Bowlin Court and ransacked the inside on April 4. Electronic devices were reported stolen.

Quail Oaks (Galena Avenue) – A golf cart was reported stolen from a home in the 2600 block on April 6.

Ridgedale Parkway – Several heating/air conditioning units were reported stolen from inside Chippendale Retirement Center in the 4900 block on March 28. There were no signs of forced entry.

River Road Estates (River Road) – Multiple gunshots were fired by unknown suspect(s) around 2:15 a.m. on April 3.

Roxbury Square Apartments (Marbrett Drive) – Firearms were reported stolen on March 15 from a unit in the 7500 block.

Salem Woods (Chanson Road) – Cash was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a home in the 5500 block by unknown suspect(s) who gained entry by breaking a driver’s-side window.

Seaview (Seaview Court) – Cash and miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a home in the 11400 block on April 1 by unknown suspect(s) who gained entry by throwing a brick through the front passenger-side window.

Weir Road – An unknown suspect tried to use a cellphone to take pictures of a shopper trying on clothes in a dressing room at the Target store in the 2500 block around 9:40 a.m. on April 1.

Westover Farms (East Hundred Road) – Gasoline was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a mobile home in the 400 block on March 27 by unknown suspect(s) who punched a hole in the gas tank.

West Providence Road – Copper piping and wire were reported stolen from under a vacant house in the 9600 block on April 2.

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