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District 3, Criminal Investigations weekly newsletter

Greetings

Timothy James Crowe 7/21/90

District 3 Investigators have obtained warrants on 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. After further investigation, we are looking at Crowe for several other burglaries in the Hope Valley community. This investigation is ongoing. Crowe is still at large but we are hot on his trail!! If you happen to see Crowe before we do, DO NOT try to apprehend him, call 911 immediately and tell us where you saw him and we will take it from there. Crowe should be considered very dangerous.

Alert: This week we have investigated cases where people had left their firearms in their unlocked vehicle and the firearm was stolen. The repercussion  of a stolen firearm on the street and in the wrong hands is so great that it cannot be articulated.

TIP: Please remove firearms from your vehicle or secure them in the trunk when you are going to be away from your car for a long period of time.

TIP: Take a picture of all your valuables, to include the serial numbers and send them to the cloud. If you do this, you will have no problem identifying your property in case it is ever stolen.

Until next time stay safe and don’t be an easy target. Secure your stuff!

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-01 Sep.

Greetings all District 3 neighbors,

We are still experiencing a spike in B&E to motor vehicles throughout the district. However, the majority of these vehicles are unlocked with property in plain view.

The burglary trend remains the same. The thieves are going through open garages and unlocked garage doors.

Tip: Please lock your vehicles and before you turn in for the night or if you are leaving your home secure your home by locking the doors and closing your garage door. And keep a light on downstairs, criminals hate light. Finally, use your alarm when you leave home and put it on stay when you go to bed.

Until next time stay safe. Call me or email me if you have questions.

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)

PAC-3 ALERT: Weekly Criminal Investigations

Good Afternoon-

ALERT: Recently several area residents have notified us of some suspicious activity in the Hope Valley and Woodcroft areas. A dark blue or black 2004 Buick Rainer (NC plate PFD4220) occupied by as many as four males, has been seen at least twice with the occupants casing houses. The occupants  knock on doors and when confronted invent a story and then leave the area. Please stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to 911.

As previously mentioned, we are experiencing an increased trend of vehicle break-ins district wide.  There are 2 methods of entry, either through an unlocked door or by breaking the window. 

Tip: We urge all residents not to leave valuables in vehicles.

Have a good week and as always be safe.

Lt. Mark Morais
Assistant Commander- District 3
mark.morais@durhamnc.gov
919-943-0679

District 3 Crime Alert all neighborhoods

We have experienced a recent trend in burglaries being committed with the residents at home typically in the bedroom sleeping.

The district had three more events of this nature this weekend in the Fortunes Ridge Community.

During these burglaries the suspect(s) enter the residence through an unlocked sliding glass door or unlocked screen door. Once inside the residence the suspect(s) apparently roam through the premises in attempts to locate valuables (i.e. money, jewelry, small electronics and credit/ATM cards) in each case the suspect(s) have taken the victims cellphone and car keys.

These burglaries occur in the wee hours if the morning (1 am to 3 am) the suspect(s) usually approach homes that are usually dark inside and outside.

We believe that the suspect is perhaps a black male in his late twenties or early thirties. He may to be about 5′ 07 “to 6’00” feet tall, medium build with a short close cut haircut. We also believe that this guy is driving a Gold/Tan late model Nissan maybe a Maxima.

TIP: Please lock your sliding glass doors, screen doors, garages and garage doors. This is the suspect(s) method of entry. Put your alarm on stay and keep a light on downstairs.  

Help us catch this guy, we would sure like to talk to him. If you see this vehicle or someone matching this description or any suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood call 911.

Please pass this bulletin on to those who do not have the listserv or email capability.

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

Greetings,

Nile Freddrick Royster 3/25/92;  Edward Anthony Amill 6/30/98
                                                   

Royster and Amill were charged with the burglaries to Ninja Challenge, Durham Cleaners, Deluxe Cleaners, Hope Valley Country Club and Maids in Waiting. Amill has bonded out but is pretrial release; and Royster is still at large. Royster should be considered very dangerous. He frequents the Harris Teeter area at Martin Luther King. the If you see him do not attempt to apprehend him call 911 immediately and tell us where you saw him and describe what he was wearing. This investigation is ongoing.

Please continue to call us and report any suspicious activity and persons. Your tips help us solve crimes.

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)

PAC-3 Crime Alert


Greetings;

On Sunday morning (July 9, 2017)  at approximately 12:30 a.m. there was an attempted break-in in the 700 block of Carroll Street. The suspect rang the doorbell several times then goes to the rear of the house and kicks the back door in an attempt to gain entry. Fortunately, in this case the resident of the home was awakened by the door bell and the noise coming from the kitchen. When the resident yelled out Who’s there? the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Tips: Please be alert to possible break-in suspects. Call 911 immediately upon noticing any suspicious persons and activities.

Please be sure to keep a light on in your homes and on your front and back door. And when you turn in for the evening put your alarms on stay. Crooks hate light and noise.

And finally, please lock your sliding glass doors and close your garage door before going to bed.

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)

District 3 Criminal Investigations weekly newsletter

Greetings,


Janae Rekeeta Mercer 9/18/88 Warrants pending for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon

Recently there was an Armed Robbery at 1930 Ivy Creek Blvd Extended Stay. The reporting person said that a suspect entered the business and walked up to the front desk with a hammer and a pillow case. The suspect demanded that the reporting person put all the money in the pillow case. The suspect then left the scene on foot in an unknown direction. Video is available the suspect has been identified ( Mercer, Janae Reekeeta/ BF/ 9-16-88. Warrants are on file for the suspect. This suspect is still at large. She frequents the Western area of District 3, if you see her DO NOT attempt to apprehend her just call 911 and report where you saw her and what she was wearing.

Trends:

Recently, we have experienced a spike in larcenies of yard equipment from open garages during the daytime hours. I have driven through the district during the day and I have observed several garage doors open.

TIP: Please shut your garage doors and lock your sliding glass doors, especially when you leave your house or turn in for the night.

That’s all for now until next time, remember don’t be an easy target! Secure your valuables.

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)

 

Celebrate Safely on Independence Day

The Durham Police Department (DPD) encourages residents to observe the July 4th holiday with safety as a priority.  As families and friends prepare to gather for fireworks, concerts, festivals, cookouts, etc., the police department promotes awareness of, and adherence to, the following laws and tips related to gun, pedestrian and motor safety and reporting non-emergency and nuisance issues.

 

Gun Safety

> celebratory gunfire (the act of pointing a gun towards the sky and firing shots into the air to commemorate an event or holiday) is unsafe and against the law. Bullets shot in to the air eventually come down and can damage property or cause serious injury or death.  In Durham, anyone caught firing a gun into the air could be charged with a CLASS 3 misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $500.

> Keep firearms away from children and in a safe location.

> If leaving town, hide and lock your gun(s).

> Report any illegal firearms activity immediately. CALL 911.

 

Pedestrian and Motor Safety

(from http://www.watchformenc.org/)

Did you know that on average, about 160 pedestrians and 20 bicyclists are killed each year in the North Carolina, representing about 15% of all traffic fatalities that occur on North Carolina roads?  One in four vehicle-pedestrian crashes in the Triangle happen when the car is turning at an intersection or driveway. Nearly one in three vehicle-pedestrian crashes in the Triangle happen in parking lots. More than half of all vehicle-pedestrian crashes in the Triangle occur near bus stops or on roads with bus routes.

 Driver Laws

> Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians at marked crossings and unmarked crosswalks at intersections except where there is a traffic or pedestrian signal.

> Drivers must stop for pedestrians at stop signs and flashing red lights and must yield for pedestrians at flashing yellow lights.

Drivers making right or left turns must allow pedestrians to cross first, unless pedestrians are prohibited from crossing.

Pedestrians or bicyclists on sidewalks have the right of way, so drivers must let them pass before turning into or out of driveways and parking lots.

> State law prohibits drivers from passing vehicles stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks.

> It is incumbent upon drivers to make sure the road is clear of pedestrians before pulling forward or backing up.

>  Do not drink and drive.

Pedestrian Laws

> Pedestrians have the right of way at marked crossings, meaning cars must yield to pedestrians. (§20-155 and §20-173)

> State law requires pedestrians to use marked crosswalks when they are provided, and it is unlawful to cross a street outside a marked crosswalk if the pedestrian is between two signalized intersections.

> When NOT at an intersection or marked crosswalk, pedestrians must yield the right of way to all vehicles.

> At crosswalks with pedestrian signals, state law requires that pedestrians obey the Walk and Don’t Walk signs in the same way a driver must obey Red or Green lights.

> State law requires pedestrians walking along the road to use sidewalks when available.

> When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians are to walk to the far left edge of the road facing traffic. Walking in this direction gives pedestrians the best view of traffic.

Use the Non-Emergency Number for Noise and Illegal Fireworks Complaints

The Durham Emergency Communications Center increases staffing on the July 4th holiday as call volume registering fireworks complaints increases. Such calls can overwhelm the personnel resulting in delayed answering of high priority emergency 9-1-1 calls. The highest volume occurs between the hours of 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. on July 4. Durham 9-1-1 is asking residents to use the non-emergency number of (919) 560-4600 to report noise complaints, illegal fireworks and anything else that can wait during these hours.

James Soukup, Emergency Communications Director, asks, That if is more of a nuisance call to call the non-emergency line. The 9-1-1 Communication Officers are trying to keep 9-1-1 lines clear for residents calling to report medical emergencies and other urgent calls. “We’ re asking that the public determine if it’s something they can wait to report. However, if it is an emergency, we still want you to call 9-1-1. The non-emergency line can be overloaded as well, however extra staff will on duty to minimize the wait time.

For additional holiday safety tips visit: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Have-a-Safe-Fourth-of-July.     

Kimberly Walkier, DPD Public Affairs

District 3 Criminal Investigations weekly newsletter


Greetings;

If anyone has experienced a break-in or an attempted break-in to your car or a break-in or attempted break-in to your residence and you did not report it please call me or email me as soon as possible.

Be very careful when you are on the American Tobacco trail. It is a safe place to walk, run and bike but just be cognizant of your surrondings and please report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

Thank you for all of your assistance as together we continue to make District 3 a safer place.

Until next time, take care,

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)

“Success is not measured by things attained…but by obstacles overcome”

Robbery Suspect Arrested District 3

Recently, District 3 Officers and Investigators arrested Rollin Anthony Owen Jr. and charged him seven counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Second Degree Kidnapping, Assault by Pointing a Gun and one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon. This also made the local news. In most of these cases the suspect would panhandle money from unsuspecting victims either on the street or at their residence then brandish a firearm and make them drive to a different location (usually an ATM and get money).  

Crime Prevention TIP: Please DO NOT open your door for people soliciting if they do not have proper identification. Owens is in jail under a $1,020,000.00 bond.

Also recently, we have seen a spike in motor vehicle break-ins in the 700 block of Carroll Street and the 1300 block of Shepherd Street. Thanks to some very vigilant neighbors we now have a suspect but the problem is we can’t link him to the break-ins because no one has called the police to report stolen items. If you experienced a recent vehicle break-in please call me or email me and let me know what was stolen and hopefully we can lock this guy up and bring him to justice.

That’s all for now.

Until next time, stay safe.

Keith,

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