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Thank You / Labor Day / August Snapshot / Snowballs in August? / Property Crime on Thu. 8/31

Thank you:  Thanks go out for the delicious brownies and the roses — our entire substation enjoyed the treats and the flowers.  Many thanks from the APD Foothills Area Command team.

Labor Day:  In observance of Labor Day the Foothills Substation will be closed on Monday, September 4th and re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5th.  You will not see a web post on Monday from me.  Please have a safe holiday weekend!

August Snapshot:  The following is shared monthly at the Foothills Community Policing Council meetings (2nd Monday monthly at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center) and I have been asked to post this on our web site.  It is a tally for the Foothills Area Command’s reported property crimes, items that auto burglary victims are leaving in their vehicles that are stolen to help build awareness to clear out your vehicles, trends that I am noticing in our Area Command and any special upcoming events.

Robberies/Commercial: 20

Robbery/Residential (Home Invasion):

Robbery/Vehicle (Car Jacking:  1

Robbery to an Individual:  6

Stolen Vehicles: 109 (and 16 failed attempts to steal vehicles)

Commercial Burglaries:        22

Residential Burglaries:          60

Auto Burglaries:  161 (and several others who did not want to wait for officer arrival; were going to report on-line or by telephone at a later date)

Firearms stolen in the Foothills in August  property crimes:   16 (9 from vehicles, 7 from homes/businesses).

 What are you leaving behind in your vehicle??  Articles stolen in the Foothills in August from vehicles:

  • Guns: Two guns in a back pack stolen from unlocked vehicle in a 2 minute time frame, a loaded 38 caliber Smith & Wesson with modifications left in unlocked vehicle, a Ruger pistol left in unlocked vehicle.  A loaded 25 caliber automatic weapon with extra magazine, a loaded 9 MM Glock with extra capacity magazine, loaded gun with two 10-round magazines stolen from vehicles, Ruger 9 MM.
  • Dagger/small Japanese sword; large hunting knife, Taser.
  • Security guard badge; base and military IDs.
  • Prescription for oxytocin; hospital ID badge and prescription pad stolen.
  • Registrations/insurance documents, several children’s birth certificates and Social Security cards, passport, personal papers, receipts, IDs, EBT card, credit cards, car title.
  • Handicap placard, battery, jumper cables tire cleaner, chain saw, fishing gear, pool cues.
  • $500 cash, $35 cash, gold collector coin worth $1400, $600 cash.
  • Phones, iPads, laptops, cameras, Beats headphones, ear buds, chargers/cables, tools.
  • House, vehicle keys, Post Office mail box keys, keys to community amenities and apt.
  • Stereos, GPS, golf clubs gym bags, clothing, sunglasses, tote bags, back packs
  • Make-up bags, cigarettes, a shot glass, books, school ID.
  • Purses and wallets, bags of art supplies, back packs, football bag/equipment.


  • Auto burglaries: The trail head parking areas east of Tramway from Lomas to Elena Gallegos continue to be targeted by auto burglars. Victims still continue to leave purses, keys, wallets inside vehicles and the leave to use the wilderness area trails.
  • Residential burglary entries: Removing screens from windows, entering home through unlocked or open windows.
  • Residential burglaries this month: some reports in the Foothills noted relatives are being accused of burglaries by family members who allowed them to stay in their homes or visit their homes.
  • Firearms: The Foothills Area Command had more guns stolen than counted here due to the reporting parties not having an exact count of how many firearms were stolen in residential burglaries.  This is where a PROPERTY INVENTORY is vital to help law enforcement get an accurate count of stolen firearms, to document the victim’s property to enter the firearms into NCIC and to boost the odds of getting their property back if it is recovered.  It is so important to start a property inventory and at least have firearms’ makes, models, serial numbers, calibers and any extra features kept in a safe place in the event of a burglary.


 Foothills Area Command Coffee with A Cop:  September 28th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Starbuck’s  on Montgomery at Juan Tabo.

September 28th is also National Good Neighbor Day: Why not think about starting a Neighborhood Watch? Call APD’s Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink for a starter kit at 244-6644.


Snowballs in August?  Yes!  I call ‘snowball crimes’ multiple crimes that started out with one criminal incident.  For example, leaving a purse in the vehicle and then an auto burglary occurs.  Purse stolen along with wallet, credit cards, driver’s license, checks/checkbooks, garage door opener, house and other vehicle keys, etc.  Then a resulting residential burglary occurs because the auto burglar know has access to your home via keys/garage door opener/sometimes gated community access badges or fobs or remotes.  In some cases, the ‘snowball’ extends from the resulting residential burglary to auto theft by stealing the vehicle parked in the garage as well.  Yet even more crimes start occurring – identify theft, fraud, forgery due to having documents that list the original auto burglary victim’s name, address, phone, date of birth, sometimes Social Security number, bank account and routing numbers, etc.  These are particularly sad to see when a chain of events is led off with one criminal act.  Protect your property and personal information.  Carry as little as possible when you are out and about on errands.  Layer your property with protective measures.  Often, these ‘snowballs’ extend from one auto burglary.  Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors about the snowballs.


Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, August 31st:

1 Armed Robbery/Commercial:  13200-block of Central Ave NE

5 Stolen Vehicles:  10400-block of Central NE, 1700-block of Black Gold Rd SE, 2500-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 3000-block of Casa Del Norte Dr NE, 10400-block of  Royal Birkdale NE.

1 Commercial Burglary:  2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

5 Residential Burglaries:  700-block of Stephen Moody SE,  11700-block of Bucking Bronco Trail SE, 11000-block of Gable Ln NE, 1100-block of Blue Quail Rd NE, 5200-block of Purcell Dr NE.

4 Auto Burglaries: 11900-block of Central Ave NE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 12100-block of Indian School Rd NE, 10400-block of Royal Troon Rd NE.  Entries:  Damaging door locks or windows or weather stripping to make entry and leaving vehicles unlocked.  Items stolen:  Purse and contents.  Vehicle registration and insurance documents.  Two cases did not have items stolen listed at the time of my research.


Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”  — Picasso

Happy Labor Day to our readers!  Be safe,

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