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2010-04-14 / Crime Watch

With friends like that...

Gwen Sadler

Friends usually have each other’s backs when crises hit. But often the instinct to survive outweighs people’s desire to help others, as one man recently found out when his friends left him to face a couple of robbers on his own.

At about 9 p.m. on April 6, the victim was hanging out with a group of his friends behind a laundry business in the 6200 block of Jefferson Davis Highway when the suspects approached. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun, pointed it in the general direction of the victim and demanded money. The victim’s friends ran away, leaving him alone with the suspects. He handed over his wallet, but the armed suspect struck him in the face before fleeing with his accomplices.

Anyone with information about this crime 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:

Brookwood Road. At about 9:45 p.m. on April 3, a victim investigated a loud noise outside her home in the 2500 block and found that her mailbox had been destroyed in an apparent explosion.

Burnt Oak Drive. At about midnight on April 5, a victim had just returned home to Ivywalk Apartments in the 4900 block when two suspects approached him. They knocked him to the ground and attempted to steal his wallet. The victim fought, and the suspects ran away with nothing.

Cattail Road. Between 3 p.m. on April 1 and 7:30 a.m. on April 2, someone entered a home undergoing renovation in the 9800 block, possibly through an unsecured door, and stole electronics and other property.

Clay Ridge Drive. Between 3 p.m. on April 1 and 4 p.m. on April 3, someone entered the crawlspace of a house under construction in the 11600 block and stole copper tubing.

Dalebrook Drive. Between 9:30 p.m. on April 4 and 2 a.m. on April 5, someone entered a home in the 7400 block and stole electronics and other property. No signs of force were found.

Drewry’s Bluff Road. At about 1:15 a.m. on April 7, police responded to an alarm set off at Bensley Community Center in the 2900 block and found damage to a door handle. It appeared the potential intruders failed to get in.

Hopkins Road. Between 4 p.m. on March 31 and 6:30 a.m. on April 1, someone broke into Falling Creek Elementary School in the 4800 block, but nothing appeared to be missing.

Hull Street Road. Between 10:55 p.m. on April 6 and 11 p.m. on April 7, someone broke into Kulture Clothing in the 10600 block and stole property.

Marina Drive. At about 2:45 p.m. on April 3, someone approached a woman returning to her home at Falling Creek Apartments in the 2100 block from behind and forced her into her apartment at gunpoint. The suspect pushed the woman to the floor and stole items from her apartment before fleeing and entering another apartment nearby. There, a male victim and a female victim were robbed at gunpoint before the suspect ran away. Cash, jewelry and other property were stolen from the victims.

Midlothian Turnpike. Between 8 a.m. on March 29 and 8:30 a.m. on April 1, someone stole the catalytic converter from a vehicle parked at the Winchester Building in the 10800 block.

Shaun Court. At about 9:15 p.m. on April 4, someone knocked on a victim’s front door in the 3500 block, then forced his way into the home and assaulted the victim before running away.

North Enon Church Road. Between 5:30 p.m. on April 1 and 7 a.m. on April 2, someone broke into five storage boxes and a trailer at Reynolds Metals in the 13100 block and stole property.

Parrish Creek Lane. Between midnight on April 1 and 8 a.m. on April 2, someone entered the crawlspace of a house under construction in the 11500 block and stole copper tubing.

Ware Bottom Road. Between 5 p.m. on April 2 and 7 a.m. on April 5, someone broke into Windows & More in the 1600 block and stole property.

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