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District 3 Weekly Crime Watch Newsletter_26 Jan 2018

Greetings

 Recently, we have experienced some purse snatchings in District 3. The crimes have occurred within the last two days in our shopping areas on Chapel Hill Road. and at Southpoint Mall.

In the case at Old Chapel Hill Road, the victim was in the laundry mat when a black male (No further description) walked up behind the victim assaulted her and then made off with her purse in an unknown direction.

At Southpoint Mall, the victims were sitting outside of a coffee shop when two young black males (No further description) snatched the victim’s purse and cell phones off of the table and fled to a waiting automobile which was dark in color. Although we believe that these are two isolated instances we still want you to practice good crime prevention concepts by being cognizant of your surroundings and keeping your purses close to you and not on the table and don’t leave your purse or laptops unattended while in coffee shops or restaurant’s. These investigations are ongoing and we are working hard to identify these guys and put them in jail.

My detectives and District 3 Patrol Officers are doing some work in the Surrey Lane and Chapel Hill Road communities. You will see increased directed patrols in that area with marked and unmarked cars. Call 911 if you see any suspicious persons or activities and keep your neighborhood safe. Please call me or email me if you have questions.

 Well, that’s all for now…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)

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)

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.

Prowler Follow Up

The neighbors with the prowler had the police out today.  The officer watched the videos from both incidents, wrote a description of the individual (it’s not certain, but everyone believes it’s been the same person each time), and plans to see if the details match up with any other reports.  More on this if and when it comes available.

Return of the Late Night Prowler (with video)

The neighbor on the 3000 block of Stanford who reported the prowler last week now has captured video footage of the same prowler.  This footage (see below) was recorded at 10:30 p.m. last night (Thursday, 10/26).  The neighbor plans once again to contact the police; an update will follow.

Please keep your eyes open and report any suspicious behavior to police.

Late-Night Prowler, 3000 Block of Stanford

Neighbors on the 3000 block of Stanford report that their camera caught a man walking down their driveway and under their deck at approximately 12:14 a.m. this (Saturday) morning.  About 30 minutes later, their camera documented a police car driving by with spotlights on, so perhaps someone else noticed this individual and called the police.  Below is a .png that shows the individual in question.

The neighbors called the police this morning to report the incident.  Although an officer came out to discuss, no report was filed because nothing was damaged or taken.

Please keep your car doors locked, and be sure to report any suspicious behavior!