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Operation Hope is in full swing! / Community Policing Council Meeting Tonight / Property Crime from Thursday to Sunday – Another Gun Stolen…

Operation Hope is in full swing!  Operation Hope is the APD Chaplain Unit’s effort to collect non-perishable food items and toiletries for families who most likely will not have meals due to the Christmas break.  Many of these children are fed breakfast and lunch at school and some receive back packs of food items to take home on Fridays.  When the children are on break for the holiday season, they may not get the meals and nutrition they need to thrive.  APD Substations are participating in Operation Hope as collection points for community donations and our officers and civilian staff area also participating with the effort.  The families in need are identified by the area’s school counselors, and the officers will deliver the food boxes to the family’s homes next month.  The APD Foothills Substation is accepting donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, cash or checks or gift card donations up until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1st.  We can accept your donations at the Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Boulevard NE on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Questions?  Call Imelda at the Foothills Substation at (505) 332-5240.  Thanks for helping us with Operation Hope!


The Foothills Community Policing Council meeting is tonight at the Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche Road NE at 6:00 p.m.  The meetings are for you:  our community!  Citizens volunteer their time and efforts on the Council and the community is encouraged to attend the meetings.


Another gun stolen from a vehicle...this one was left in a parked vehicle and the vehicle was stolen.  A criminal is now armed with a 9 MM gun and an extra magazine.  Please consider safe ways to secure your guns to avoid inadvertently arming criminals.


Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command from Thursday, November 9th through Sunday, November 12th:

Thursday, November 9th: 

1 Robbery to an Individual:  Running trail at Copper & Eubank on Thursday.

3 Residential Burglaries:  13100-block of Westview Ave NE, 800-block of Shirley St NE, 13400-block of La Arista Pl NE.

5 Auto Burglaries:  12000-block of Candelaria Rd NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 15000-block of Copper Ave NE, 3100-block of Jane Place NE, 4500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.  Entries:  Breaking windows, cutting convertible roof/top, unlocked vehicles.  Items stolen that were left in unattended vehicles:  Concealed Carry Permit, the rest of the items were not noted on initial reports at time of research.  Smash & Grab.

Weekend (Friday – Saturday – Sunday, November 10-11-12):

4 Stolen Vehicles:  Friday:  2400-block of Elizabeth St NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 10500-block of Copper Pointe Way NE.  A 9 MM gun and an extra magazine left inside one vehicle that was stolen.  Sunday:  400-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Commercial Burglaries:  Friday:  200-block of Dorado Pl SE.  Saturday:  10300-block of Candelaria Rd NE.

1 Residential Burglary:  Friday:  1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE.

14 Auto Burglaries:  Friday:  9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 1800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10500-block of Sierra Bonita Ave NE, 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 1500-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 1000-block of Brazos Ct SE.  Saturday:  13400-block of Reo Rd NE, 1500-block of Summit Hills Dr NE, Embudo Canyon Trailhead, two incidents at the same address on the 500-block of Morris St NE, 12700-block of Indian School Rd NE.  Sunday:  13400-block of Reo Rd NE, 6000-block of Placer Dr NE.    Entries:  Unlocked vehicles, breaking windows, damaging door locks.  Items stolen that were left inside unattended vehicles:  Searching glove boxes, also 3 attempts to steal vehicles that failed leaving behind significant vehicle damage.  Passport, Social Security card, a back pack, a government-issued work HP tablet, a MacBook Air tablet, other people’s personal information and Social Security numbers.  Pocket knife and outdoor gear.  Papers left in glove box.  Garage door opener.  Cash left in glove compartment. Passport and credit cards.


Have a safe day and a great week ahead.  I hope the information today will encourage readers to stop and think about what they are leaving behind in parked vehicles.  All it takes to greatly reduce your odds of being an auto burglary victim is to lock up and leave nothing of value or visible inside the vehicle when you walk away.  It may take some re-thinking and changing old habits, but the peace of mind when you walk away from your vehicle is worth it to know you have control over your environment and are doing what’s within your power to make your vehicle a ‘hard target’ for a burglar.

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