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Property Crime over the Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) and Guns being stolen from parked vehicles …

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (August 5, 6, and 7)

1 Robbery to an Individual:  4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

10 Stolen Vehicles:  500-block of Morris St NE, 13100-block of Central Ave NE, 300-block of Waterfall SE, 200-block of Figueroa, 13200-block of Fruit NE, 11100-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE,, 11300-block of Candelaria NE, two vehicles stolen at the same address on the 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary:  200-block of Dorado SE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  13600-block of Wenonah Dr SE, 6100-block of Cortaderia NE.

12 Auto Burglaries:  10600-block of Central NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 100-block of Canyon View NE, Embudo Canyon trail head parking area, 1200-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1000-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, two vehicles at different addresses on the 12200-block of Palm Springs Ave NE, 12100-block of Calle Zagal NE, 12400-block of Himalayan Way NE, 3700-block of Camino Capistrano NE, 10500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

We had 3 guns stolen in one auto burglary over the weekend.  The rate that criminals are arming themselves with guns left inside unattended vehicles is alarming.  I show a tally of 5 guns stolen so far in August (as of August 7th) in burglaries in the Foothills Area Command.  My tally also shows we have had 15 guns stolen since July as of August 7th.  Please bring in firearms when you park in the driveway or curbside.  Along with the right to bear arms also comes the responsibility to properly secure those firearms. The rest of the community is counting on gun owners to take these steps for all of our safety.  Please let me know (323-4644 or if you would like me to offer another “Gun Safety for Families” workshop on this topic.  I hope we do not see another tragic shooting here in the Foothills or elsewhere in the community with an offender using a weapon stolen from an unattended, parked vehicle.

What was stolen from vehicles and homes this weekend?  The three guns, a vehicle title, an APS laptop, bags of shoes and clothing, several sets of tools, $300 cash, brochures and pens, wallets, IDs, checkbook, credit cards, house keys, spare vehicle keys, bicycles, equipment, miscellaneous items.

How are burglars accessing homes and vehicles?  Homes were burglarized this weekend via garage doors and prying open storage units.  Vehicles?  Smash & grabs (breaking a window to get inside the vehicle) and merely opening unlocked vehicle doors and removing an entire window from one vehicle. 

Start the week off right and make it habit to properly secure your firearms starting today — lock up and secure windows.  Be willing to make that 242-COPS (2677) call if you see suspicious persons who look like they are casing to set up a residential or auto burglary.  Make that call from a safe place and don’t chase or confront suspicious people. 

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command