2010-10-06 / Crime Watch

Stay alert in parking lots

Crime watch
Gwen Sadler

The busiest shopping season of the year will soon be here, and, while it’s always a good idea to be aware of what’s going on around you when you’re out and about, that advice may become more important when arms are loaded with packages and minds are on what’s left on a shopping list. A recent incident illustrates one of the possible hazards.

A man was walking toward his vehicle in the parking lot of Courthouse Commons Shopping Center in the 7000 block of Commons Plaza at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 when he was approached by a suspect, who forced the man into his own vehicle at gunpoint. A second suspect jumped into the backseat of the vehicle, and the victim was ordered to drive to another location. Once they arrived at the new location, the suspects robbed the man of his money, then got out of the vehicle and fled.

Anyone with information about this carjacking and armed robbery should contact the 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:

Bailey Bridge Road. At 3 p.m. on Sept. 27, it was reported that someone had stolen cash and other property from a school bus parked at Bailey Bridge Middle School.

Centralia Road. At 7:55 p.m. on Sept. 26, an armed and masked suspect forced employees at the Dollar Tree in the 6400 block into the store’s office, then stole cash from the register.

Chesterfield Avenue. At 2 a.m. on Sept. 30, a driver was stopped at an intersection in the 21100 block when someone approached his vehicle and asked him for a cigarette. The victim told the suspect he didn’t have one. The suspect then demanded the victim’s valuables and pulled out a gun. The victim tried to drive away, but was shot in the leg before he was able to escape.

Chinaberry Drive. At 6:40 p.m. on Sept. 26, two suspects stole money and other property from a man sitting outside the Tivoli South Apartments in the 700 block. Other suspects joined the first two and assaulted the victim.

Coxendale Road. Sometime before 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 23, someone cut a hole in the fence surrounding the Verizon Wireless cell tower site in the 1800 block and stole property.

Hull Street Road. At 12:40 a.m. on Sept. 29, it was reported that someone entered the Burger King in the 13900 block through a rear door that may have been left unlocked and stole cash from the registers.

Iron Bridge Road. At 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 17, someone reported that aluminum fence posts had been stolen from a storage area at Ironbridge Nursery in the 12200 block.

Jefferson Davis Highway. Just before 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, armed suspects approached two people who were sitting on the porch of a home in the 6300 block at Falling Creek Apartments and demanded cash. One victim rose to retrieve money from his apartment, and one of the suspects fired a shot, striking the victim in his buttocks.

River Road. Sometime before 3 p.m. on Sept. 22, someone broke into a home in the 6700 block and stole firearms and other property. Keys taken from inside the house were used to steal a 2001 silver Ford pickup truck.

West Hundred Road. Before midnight on Sept. 24, someone broke into two box trailers belonging to Top Notch Contracting in the 3800 block and stole miscellaneous property.

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