February 2012 Crime Reports

Last year, February was a good month for us, it was the lowest number of crime incidents in years with 35 incidents. This year, February was even better to us, with only 20 incidents. (See below) That’s with no ice storms and an extra day thrown in for leap year. That’s a record shattering great month for our residents, with only 7 total incidents across our 2500+ households. In fact it took me a little longer to get this report out this month, because I was certain there was a mistake in the data. But after triple checking everything, we were right on. According to Officer Keith, this was unique to our LGNA neighborhood. He tells me the number of crime incidents were actually slightly up in adjacent neighborhoods. Next month is yet to be seen, but let’s keep looking out for each other and keep this trend going! 

Robbery in the Parking Garage

The car break-ins at the parking garage under 24-Hour Fitness have slowed but not stopped. Last month someone caught a burglar in the act of breaking into his car. When he walked up, the bad guy had broken out the window and was halfway into the car. The victim grabbed him and pulled him out of the vehicle and a fight ensued with the bad guy swinging at the victim with the metal object he’d use to break the window. The bad guy then jumped into a cream colored Nissan pick-up and sped away. Fortunately the victim wasn’t injured and the bad guy didn’t get anything. But I would discourage anyone from engaging a bad guy this way. The outcome could have been much worse. If you see a crime in progress, whip out your cell phone, take a picture and call 911. And use the words “in progress” with the 911 operator, that makes it a Priority 1 call and ensures the quickest response time. Police have a much better chance of catching him, and you have less risk of harm.

Another Scam To Look Out For:

An elderly woman was driving along Mockingbird and was flagged down by a car beside her. They pulled into the Walgreen’s parking lot where they told her something was wrong with her tire and proceeded to pretend to repair it. After fiddling with the tire for a few minutes they told her the bill was $500. They convinced her to go inside and purchase a VISA gift card for $500. She took her car to the dealer where she was told nothing had been done to her tires or wheels. People who commit crimes like this tend to repeat the scam over and over. If you know somone who might be vulnerable to this type of scam, let them know about it.

Why the Lowest Greenville PD Matters:

As you know, we were successful in getting Lowest Greenville rezoned to require businesses to get a special use permit to stay open past midnight. The goal was to get rid of the criminal element that several businesses were attracting. One of those, Yucatan – among the worst offenders, filed a lawsuit and received an injunction allowing them to stay open until the case is heard. On Feb 17th, a fight began inside Yucatan. The victims were asked to leave the club. They were then attacked in the parking lot by the same guys inside the club, who then stole their car. Rather than recap the details, I’ll let the police report speak for itself:

ON LISTED DATE AND TIME, COMP STATED HE AND THE LISTED WIT WENT TO THE YUCATAN BAR. WHILE INSIDE COMP AND WIT BECAME INVOLVED IN AN ALTERCATION WITH UNK PERSONS INSIDE THE CLUB. COMP AND WIT WHERE ASKED TO LEAVE THE BAR, AND WHERE JUMPED IN THE PARKING LOT BY THE UNK B/M’S THEY HAD AN ALTERCATION WITH INSIDE THE CLUB. COMP FOUGHT WITH THE SUSPS, BUT THE SUSPS TOOK COMPS KEYS AND FLED IN THE AP’S VEHICLE IN UNK DIRECTION. THEWIT WAS HIT IN THE HEAD AND STATED HE SAW A B/M IN A RED HOODIE APPROX 6’1″ 170 LBS WITH A GOLD TOOTH ARMED WITH A BLACK PISTOL, AND A SECOND SUSP A B/M APPROX 6’1″ 170LBS IN A BLACK HOODIE. WIT FLED CAUSE HE WAS IN FEAR FOR HIS LIFE. COMP AND WIT REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT, AND DECLINED PES. R/OS OBSERVED A KNOT ON WIT’S HEAD AND THE COMP HAD A CUT ON THE KNUCKLES OF HIS RIGHT HAND FROM THE FIGHT.

We don’t make this stuff up, this is Yucatan’s clientele. This is exactly the type of behaviour that prompted the PD and why it is important that the city win its lawsuit to protect the PD. It’s in the hands of the city’s lawyers now, but I’ll keep you updated on the outcome.

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About Darren Dattalo

Lower Greenville Crime Watch Coordinator
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