Play Ball! The Zia Little League not only had their Opening Day on Saturday the 25th, but it was also their 50th Anniversary (golden…). Local dignitaries City Councilor Don Harris (District 9), Council Policy Analyst for District 9 Dawn Amelio, former Albuquerque Duke and Los Angeles Dodger Terry McDermott, and Foothills Commander Shane Rodgers threw the ceremonial first pitch.
Commander Rodgers, McGruff, Chief Eden
Property Crimes Reported for the Weekend (Friday 3/24 through Sunday 3/26)
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 2100-block of Eubank Blvd NE (Blake’s): rptd Fri 2000 hr.
2 Robberies to Individuals: 3200-block of Morris NE, Southern & Terracita SE.
1 Vehicle Stolen while left unattended and warming up: 100-block of Monte Alto Pl NE.
13 Stolen Vehicles: 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 12100-block of Pompano SE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 2 vehicles at the same address on the 11400-block of Bellamah Dr NE, 11000-block of Fairbanks Ave NE, 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE,1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 11200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 3500-block of Singapore Circle NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE, 12400-block of Hardin Ct NE, 9400-block of Osuna Rd NE.
7 Residential Burglaries: 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 200-block of Western Skies SE, 11100-block of Woodland Ave NE, 11600-block of Academy Road NE, 3500-block of Singapore Circle NE, 4500-block of Bali NE, 12400-block of Hardin Ct NE.
Entries: removing window screens and entering through unlocked windows, open garage, back sliding glass window, allowed 2 males to spend the night and woke up to find apartment burglarized and vehicle stolen. Items Stolen: Vehicle, TVs, IDs.
6 Auto Burglaries: 600-block of Morris St NE, 13900-block of Nambe Avenue NE, 13400-block of Panorama Loop NE, 12700-block of Indian School Road NE, 4600-block of Algiers Drive NE, 1400-block of Morris St NE.
Entries: unlocked vehicles, smash & grabs (breaking a window to access property left inside the vehicle). Items stolen: gym bag, $5,000 of golf clubs, first responder’s body armor – uniform – radar, satellite radio.
Crime Prevention Tips: 100% preventable crime: leaving a car warming up, keys inside and walking away. These are crimes of opportunity and can happen as soon as the victim’s back is turned. The one that was reported over the weekend took as little as two minutes to occur and be reported to APD. These are the easiest types auto thefts to commit — just hop in and go! As a community, we have to change this old habit. Most vehicles in this day and age do not require warming up to operate in cold weather. Do not assume that ‘it won’t happen to me,’ or ‘this is a nice neighborhood and those things don’t happen here.’ Change the old habit to a new set of actions and you’ll reduce the odds of being a victim of this 100% preventable crime.
Do not leave keys, body armor, uniforms, weapons, or any items of value or that contain personal information in a parked car. It is just not worth it to tempt someone scoping out your vehicle to leave these items (or any items) inside a parked vehicle. Leave nothing to chance by removing articles of value, items with personal information, sets of keys or other ‘access’ items to get into other vehicles/homes/community gates/work, etc. and lock up.
Check the window screens at home, as I’ve been posted for about the past week. I see this trend continuing of criminals removing window screens and entering homes via the windows. This is also the season where we will have many residential burglary and auto theft victims due to leaving garage doors open or partially open. Be a good neighbor and help out your block and local law enforcement by notifying a neighbor if they have the garage door open.