2009-12-16 / Crime Watch

Watch the fire exits

Crime Watch
Gwen Sadler

Not all thieves commit their crimes in a sneaky, discrete way. Sometimes they grab and run in the middle of the day with shoppers all around.

On Dec. 4, between 3:25 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., someone believed to be the same suspect stole electronics in the same manner from two stores only a few miles apart.

The suspect first took two televisions from the Kmart store in the 11000 block of Hull Street Road, then ran out a fire exit door. Shortly after that, police believe the same suspect stole similar electronics from the Walmart in the 12200 block of Chattanooga Plaza. Again, the suspect ran with the loot out a fire exit door.

In a similar incident that occurred a couple of days later on Dec. 6, a suspect entered the Walmart store in the 12000 block of Iron Bridge Plaza at about 11:50 a.m., stole electronics and escaped through a fire exit door at the rear of the store.

Police believe the same person, described only as a white male, committed all three crimes.

Anyone with information about these thefts should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660 or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

In other crimes:

Badestowe Drive. Between 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 7 a.m. on Dec. 4, someone entered the garage of a home under construction in the 15000 block and stole household goods.

Belmont Road. At about 3:45 a.m. on Dec. 4, someone entered the 7-Eleven in the 5500 block with his right hand inside his pocket as if he had a weapon, ordered the store clerks to lie on the floor and threatened to shoot them. He stole consumable goods before leaving.

East River Road. At about 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 3, an armed suspect entered the Liberty Mart in the 3000 block and demanded cash from the clerk. The clerk got the owner, who came out of the office with his own gun drawn. The suspect ran from the store.

Hicks Road. Between midnight and 5 a.m. on Dec. 7, someone pried open a drink machine in front of the Kroger store in the 2800 block and stole money from it.

Jefferson Davis Highway. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, someone stole property from outside Associates Scaffolding in the 5400 block.

• Between 11 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 4, someone broke into the Chester Moose Lodge in the 9500 block, then pried open a vending machine inside the building and stole cash.

Meadowdale Boulevard. Between noon on Dec. 3 and 10:35 a.m. on Dec. 7, someone siphoned gas from a truck parked at Extra Special Parents in the 3800 block.

Midlothian Turnpike. At about 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 5, someone stole clothing from a display stand inside the Victoria’s Secret store at Chesterfield Towne Center in the 11500 block. 

• Between 11 a.m. on Dec. 2 and 7 a.m. on Dec. 8, someone entered a locked storage shed at a construction site in the 13100 block, probably using a key, and stole property.

• Between 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 5:35 a.m. on Dec. 4, someone stole property from a county school bus parked at Midlothian Middle School in the 13500 block.

Poacher’s Run. At about 9 p.m. on Dec. 4, someone exploded a bottle device in the mailbox of a home in the 10800 block.

Raised Antler Circle. At about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, someone stole a car that was parked at the Deer Run Shopping Center in the 13900 block. The vehicle, which had been left unlocked with the keys on the floorboard, was later found at Clover Hill High School.

Rotunda Court. Between 9 a.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, someone stole property from a construction site in the 1600 block.

Traymore Road. Between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Dec. 3, someone broke into two homes in the 2600 block and stole property from each.

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