March 30, 2011
With the increase in reported robberies and burglaries in and around the Wards Corner area, please be reminded to report all suspicious activity to the police. What is suspicious? Below is an excerpt from the Norfolk Neighborhood Coordinators’ Manual, developed by the Crime Prevention Division of the Norfolk Police Department.
WHAT IS SUSPICIOUS?
“Basically, anything that seems even slightly out of the ordinary . . . could be criminal activity.”
Examples (not a complete list):
- A stranger inspecting or entering your neighbor’s home while your neighbor is away.
- Someone trying to open a neighbor’s door or window.
- A moving truck or van pulled up to a neighbor’s home while they are gone.
- Remember, burglaries often occur at times when they should be most obvious (broad daylight, in full view of observers).
- Someone carrying property such as televisions, stereos, etc., at an unusually late hour or in an unusual place, especially if it does not appear that the property is newly purchased.
- The sound of shattering glass could signal a possible burglary, vandalism or larceny in progress.
- Anyone peering into vehicles as they walk down the street or someone removing tags, gasoline or parts from a vehicle.
- Someone attempting to enter a vehicle using a coat hanger or other device.
- Never assume that it is the owner who has locked his keys in his car. Be suspicious of anyone tampering with the hood or trunk of a car.
- An improperly parked vehicle or abandoned vehicle or someone leaving one vehicle and driving away in another may be signs of a stolen vehicle.
- Anyone being forced into a vehicle could be a victim of possible abduction.
- Persons loitering around schools, parks, and isolated areas or in the neighborhood. These loiterers could be possible sex offenders or burglars.
- Business transactions conducted from vehicles, especially around schools, playgrounds or parks.
- A steady flow of strangers to and from a particular house on a regular basis could indicate drug sales or a fencing operation (purchasing
- of stolen goods).
- Offers of goods or repair work at an unusually low price could indicate stolen property or some type of fraud.
- All fights, screams and loud noises (such as explosions) should be reported.
- Door-to-door solicitors without properly issued licenses and identification should be suspected.
“DON’T WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CALL. CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY TO REPORT IN PROGRESS SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY.”
Emergency: 911 Non-Emergency: 441-5610
March 24, 2011
The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that La Botica in the 7500 block of Virginian Drive was robbed today.
August 20, 2010
The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that the Langley Federal Credit Union at 7420 Granby Street was robbed Friday, August 20, 2010 shortly after noon.
The man received an unknown amount of money and fled, Amos said. Shortly afterward, a dye pack with the money exploded.
The description of the man was vague. Police were looking at surveillance camera images to get a description of the man.
Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).
May 6, 2009
Beverly Sexton, resident of Denby Park, wrote in notifying us of another shooting in Denby Park. The shooting and robbery occurred in the 300 block of E. Little Creek Road today, Wednesday, May 6th, during the mid-morning hours. One person was taken to the hospital for treatment. It is believed he was shot in the shoulder or arm.
December 9, 2008
From the Virginian-Pilot:
Police are investigating a shooting in the 600 block of Thole Street.
According to police a man was shot outside a Tinee Giant convenience store about 4:30 p.m. during what may have been an attempted robbery. The man’s injuries are not considering life-threatening, police said.
The shooting is under investigation.
This shooting happened on December 8, 2008.