2009-09-23 / Crime Watch

Take care when buying or selling online

Gwen Sadler

While it can be an amazing resource for everything from research to entertainment, the Internet can also be used as a tool for crime. A couple of victims recently learned that lesson the hard way.

Just after 9 p.m. on Sept. 12, the victims drove to a parking lot in the 14300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway to meet with some people who said they wanted to buy an item the victims had posted for sale over the Internet. While the victims discussed the transaction with suspect No. 1, suspect No. 2, who was posing as a police officer, pulled up and told the victims to get out of their vehicle. As the law-enforcement impersonator spoke with the victims who had exited their car, suspect No. 3 pulled into the lot in another vehicle. Almost immediately, the victims watched their vehicle being driven out of the parking lot, presumably by suspect No. 1, followed by the vehicle driven by suspect No. 3. Suspect No. 2, the law-enforcement impersonator, ran to his vehicle and sped out of the lot.

Anyone with information about this crime should call police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also visit www.crimesolvers.net to report information anonymously online.

In other crimes:

Autumn Point Drive. Between 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 and 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, someone broke into a vacant house in the 6900 block and vandalized the interior.

Belmont Road. Between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, someone broke into a residence in the 7800 block, ransacked the home and stole guns, jewelry, electronics and other property.

Cimarron Court. Between 11 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 7 a.m. on Sept. 12, someone broke into two locked vehicles parked at the Tanglewood Apartments in the 7500 block and stole firearms, electronics and other property.

Drexelbrook Road. Between 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 11 a.m. on Sept. 15, someone broke into a vacant residence in the 7700 block and vandalized the interior.

Hull Street Road. At about 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 11, the victim was sitting in a car in the 7400 block when the suspect, brandishing a handgun, approached and demanded cash. After receiving the cash, the suspect ran to a waiting vehicle, got into the passenger side, and the car sped away.

Jefferson Davis Highway. Between 7:50 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. on Sept. 9, someone fired several shots in the Shady Hill Trailer Park area in the 6800 block. Some of the shots struck a vehicle. No injuries were reported.

• Between 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, someone cut a hole in drywall to break into AT&T Wireless in the 12500 block and stole money, electronics and other property.

• Between 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 4 p.m. on Sept. 14, someone stole both license plates from a commuter van parked at the Port Walthall Shopping Center in the 15700 block.

Midlothian Turnpike. Between 10 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, someone broke into two exterior sheds at the BP gas station in the 8000 block and stole consumable goods.

• At about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, someone stole a woman's purse from a shopping cart at the Ukrop's store in the 11300 block.

Rosegill Road. Just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 12, someone fired shots into a home in the 500 block. No one was injured.

Trout Lane. Just after 3 p.m. on Sept. 14, someone stole scrap metal from the driveway of a residence in the 8400 block.

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