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District 3 Criminal Investigations Weekly Newsletter

Greetings

I hope everyone had a very happy new year.

My investigators will be riding in the residential areas of District 3 looking for open garage doors. Last year, we experienced some burglaries where entry was made through the garage after the victim left the house or turned in for the night. When my guys locate an open garage they will walk up to the residence and offer a friendly reminder shut the door and other crime prevention tips. Let me know how they are doing.

Tip: Please don’t put television or computer boxes in front of your houses for trash day. When thieves ride through the area, they often target those homes for burglaries. Try to break them down and place them inside the trash can.

Tip: When we recover property sometimes it is difficult to return the items when there is no way to identify them. So, here’s a suggestion. Take a picture of ALL of your valuables, jewelry…etc…(when you take a picture of your television and computer make sure you take a picture of the serial number) then email it to yourself, the cloud or even to a relative.

Please continue to report any suspicious persons or activities.

Finally, if you need me or have any questions please don’t hesitate to call me @ 919-560-4583 ext 29359 or just send an email to keith.johnson@durhamnc.gov and I will reply immediately.

Until next time, be safe, lock your cars and please DON”T leave firearms in your cars!!!

Keith

Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707 9
19-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
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19-907-9810 (City Cell)

District 3 Criminal Investigations Weekly Newsletter

Greetings;

There have been two recent burglaries in the Hickstown Lasalle St. area. Similar suspect description, Black male, mid-twenties, he usually works alone and he enters the residences through open or unlocked window or door. The suspect has been described as wearing gloves and mask. In one case it was a surgical mask. In all these cases he apologizes to victims stating he will not harm them and often gives the victims crime prevention tips before leaving, i.e. “You should lock your windows” or words to that effect. He does not ransack the residence but he takes cash and cell phones telling victims they may retrieve their phones outside after he leaves. Suspect uses a knife in the commission of the crimes then flees on foot. Listen, this is not a good guy and he is to be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Please continue to report any suspicious activity and persons. Be cognizant of your surroundings especially when you are walking out of your garage to take your trash or walking your dog. Do not walk up and question suspicious persons call us and will identify them.

We are still working in the Hope Valley communities.

This week we experienced another spike in vehicle break-ins district wide. Once again the majority of these vehicle were left unlocked and items of value were left in plain view.

Finally, be self and take care of each other. Call me or email me if you need something.

Until next time,

Keith

Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)

District 3 Criminal Investigations Weekly Newsletter Alert

Greeting

We are still working and investigating in response to recent events in the Hope Valley community there will be increased uniform patrol presence and activities in the area. Your vigilance, phone calls and emails are appreciated, thank you keeping those tips coming in and all information received is important as we are working to develop suspects

We are still looking for this vehicle (Dark Gray Honda) has been seen in the Hope Valley/Bristol Road areas. This vehicle is occupied by one tall black male and a white male or a tall black male and a shorter black male in all cases the suspects were wearing hoodies no further suspect descriptions.

We are also still looking for another vehicle a Honda Odyssey Minivan Silver NC Tag PAK-4044 (No picture available) The Odyssey was also recently parked near Bristol Road in Hope Valley. The van was last seen being operated by a white male, no further suspect description.

 These are vehicles of interest ONLY. If anyone observes one or both of these vehicles do not attempt to detain them, call 911 immediately and tell us exactly where you saw these vehicles and who was driving and how many occupants and ethnicity if possible and we will take it from there.

 We are still spiking in motor vehicle break-in’s and 80% of the vehicles were unlocked. We have developed a suspect and he will be hearing from us in the very near future.

Tip: Please lock your cars and do not keep firearms in the car

That’s all for now.

 Until next time…stay safe.

 Keith

  Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)

Stanford Street expanding-Construction Notice

Hi neighbors,

Work has apparently begun to extend Stanford Drive through the woods to connect up with Winton Road, which will be followed by construction of approximately six new homes on lots on the east side of the extended street.

Those living on the 3200 Block of Stanford and cul de sac and/or who access their homes via Dixon/Princeton should anticipate significant construction truck traffic in the coming weeks.

1st Degree Home Invasion Alert

Hello Neighbors!

 On the evening of November 6, 2017 at approximately 7:53 PM our district-3 officers responded to the area of Surrey Lane in reference to a 1st Degree burglary/Home invasion. Upon arriving the officers spoke with the victim who stated two men carrying handguns and wearing masks , dark clothes and gloves came into the garage of a home owner who had just returned home and parked the car in the garage.

They forced her back into the house. While inside the residence, the suspects stole various items (cash, jewelry, wallet, phone),  including their vehicle and all their keys. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Feskanich at 919-560-4440, ext 29480.

Some neighbors reported seeing two suspicious men in a parked car on the street earlier that evening, but had not reported it.

Tip: Be vigilant. Pay attention to your surroundings. If you see anyone or anything suspicious, call 911 immediately so the police can check it out. Notify your neighborhood watch area captain.

Watch out for each other and be safe.

Tips for Reducing Theft of Belongings in Vehicles

Hello Neighbors,

Finally, cooler weather.

There have been some sporadic reports of theft from vehicles of personal items the past weeks.

A few tips:

  1. These thefts, while still important to the homeowner, are considered non-life threatening emergencies , so please call the ‘Non-emergency’ number  919-560-4600. Then notify your area captain. Every call to the police is tracked and generates metrics for possible trends that may connect to other burglaries we may not be aware of.
  2. Make sure to take your personal items out of a vehicle or the bed of your truck when it is parked and you have left the vehicle  unattended (in the house).
  3. If you keep any items in your vehicle out of necessity, make sure they are locked up and/or out of site when you have left your vehicle unattended (in the house).
  4. Much theft if done targeting unlocked vehicles, so lock your vehicle when it is left on the street or driveway unattended (in the house).

 

Be safe and enjoy the fantastic weather and changing colors.

The below is a quick review of how to report suspicious activity that can be found on this website

How to Report Suspicious Activity

 

Neighborhood Clean-Up Oct 07 Part of Durham’s Big Sweep

Hello Neighbors!


Where did our year go?  It is time for our 2nd annual Fall Neighborhood clean up day in conjunction with Durham Big Sweep on Saturday, the 07 October. This is part of Keep Durham Beautiful as well as our neighborhood.

While the designated date for the Durham Big Sweep is October 7th, some groups that aren’t able to clean up that day have already begun their clean up efforts! And you can too!

You are all on your own. Pick a block or a street and pick up any trash. You choose your own time during the day.

In all, nearly 400 individuals representing 22 groups plan to participate in Big Sweep 2017!

In the last five years, 2,200 volunteers have helped to clean up an estimated 57,840 lbs. of trash during Durham’s annual Big Sweep.

Big Sweep – October 7th
Did you know that a great deal of trash in the ocean starts at the local level in streets and rivers? Durham Big Sweep not only improves local appearance but also helps prevent this trash from flowing out to the watersheds and ocean where it can harm water quality and wildlife.

How does it work? With the sponsorship of Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District and City of Durham Stormwater Services, teams of volunteers choose a location such as a park, stream or neighborhood, and get to work picking up trash! City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services and Durham County General Services will also provide support for the event. Make this a day to show those around you how to be a steward of the Earth!

Let’s all do this! Have a great cleanup day!

District 3 Criminal Investigations weekly newsletter

Greetings;

Leland Lamont Shaw 3/15/88

District 3 Investigators obtained warrants for Leland Shaw charging him with Aggravated Assault Inflicting Serious Injury and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for an Attempted Carjacking Robbery and Aggravated Assault that took place at the intersection of Jackson/Gerrard Street. The victim in this case was seriously injured as she was struck in the face several times with a firearm.  Shaw is still at large and should be considered armed and very, very dangerous. We hope to get him in our custody real soon.

But if you see him before we do, please do not attempt to apprehend him but call 911 immediately and tell us where you saw him

Timothy James Crowe 7/21/90

Update: District 3 Investigators have arrested Timothy James Crowe, charging him with Felony Breaking and Entering, Larceny After the Break and Enter, Injury to Personal Property. Crowe has a history of burglaries and other charges. These charges are stemming from a burglary that took place in the 3000 block of Plymouth. We are still looking at Crowe for several other burglaries in the Hope Valley community. This investigation is ongoing. Crowe is now residing at the Durham County Jail, under a $6000.00 bond.

Finally, let me take a moment and say thank you for all of your tips, phone calls. Our district wide overall crime numbers for the last 2 weeks are trending downward! Which is a direct result of your commitment to assist us in abating crime in our area. Please continue to take care of your neighbors by keeping an eye out for any suspicious people or behaviors in your community. Lock your doors and secure your valuables. Don’t be an easy target!!!

Call or email me if you need me.

Until next time, take care and be safe!

Keith,

Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
District 3
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)