This is the District 3 Criminal Investigation weekly newsletter.
Just a couple of things:
We have noticed a spike in larcenies from Motor Vehicle during this holiday season. These vehicle break-ins are occurring in shopping center parking lots throughout the district. In reading the cases, we noticed that in most cases the stolen items were in plain sight of the criminal. The unusual thing is that these crimes are taking place in the daytime and nighttime with no specific hours. Which makes it a crime of opportunity. So, please don’t put your packages in the passenger compartment of your car, consider putting them in the trunk and if you drive an SUV then put the packages in the rear and put something over them so they cannot be seen.
We have also noticed a pattern in larcenies of purses from stores like Target and Harris Teeter where the victim (usually female) is shopping and walks down the aisle when a stranger (usually female) walks up and starts a conversation with the victim and then the stranger request that the victim read something on a shelf which requires that the victim leave the shopping cart and render assistance. Meanwhile, a second person takes the purse and leaves the store. Wow! The old bait and switch routine…the bad news is that this crime has happened very frequently and it has been very effective because usually the victim is too embarrassed to call the police. Well, the good news is there were two victims who did call us and we were able to get video and other evidence where credit cards were used and checks were cashed. And I promise you those people who did this will be hearing from us very soon. Until they do keep your purse in sight when you are shopping. Remember this can occur anywhere.
Unfortunately, we have also noticed an increase burglaries throughout the district. The trend has changed a little bit in that now we are seeing more window entries into the residences. In most cases the rear windows were left open or the sliding glass door was unlocked. Once inside the method of operation stays the same. The house is ransacked and jewelry and small electronics were stolen. And exit is made through the front door and the suspect disappear into the neighborhood. These burglaries are taking place between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and it appears that it occurs mostly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. So far no weekend burglaries have been reported. Make sure your sliding glass doors and windows are locked and your garage doors are closed before you retire for the evening. And if you have an alarm activate it when you leave your house and put it on stay before you go to bed.
Raheem Norwood Bass
After a very extensive District 3 Investigators obtained warrants on Raheem Norwood Bass charging him with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. These charges stem from an armed robbery that occurred in the 2400 block of Chapel Hill Road. Mr. Bass is a very dangerous person and is known to carry a firearm. He is still at large and frequents the Western part of the district and we would sure like to talk with him. If you see him do not attempt to apprehend him just be a good witness and call 911 immediately.
That’s it for now, sorry for the long newsletter.
Until next time, be safe and have a great weekend!
Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)