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Happy Thanksgiving to Apache Elementary Students / Another Gun Stolen from a Parked Vehicle / Property Crime on Wed. / Substation Closure Dates

Happy Thanksgiving to Apache Elementary School students!  It was our pleasure to serve you and your families Thanksgiving lunch today in the cafeteria.  Lt. Simmons, Sgt. Young, Officer Mares, Miranda, Lee, Verbeck, Crime Prevention Specialist Jill Garcia and Office Assistant Kaci Currey had a great time meeting all of you and wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Thank you to the terrific cafeteria team who manage to cook for many, many students so efficiently and prepare delicious meals every day during the school term.


Another gun was reported stolen from a parked vehicle in the Foothills yesterday.  We are almost to 200 reported guns stolen that were left unsecured from our Area Command.   Most are left in parked vehicles.  Please think twice before leaving your firearm in a vehicle and walking away.


Substation Closures:  The APD Foothills Area Command Substation will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving.  The substation will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27th.


No Posts next week:  I will be out of the office the week of November 20-24 and returning Monday, November 27th.  You will not see any posts during my absence.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


Property Crimes Reported on Wednesday, November 15th in the Foothills Area Command:

6 Stolen Vehicles:  12500-block of Domingo Rd NE, 1800-block of Bold Ruler Rd SE, 11600-block of Thistledown Rd SE, 500-block of Tramway Blvd Blvd NE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 10500-block of Mountain Rd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  12700-block of Turquoise Ave NE, 13800-block of Brush Pl NE.

6 Auto Burglaries:   3100-block of Jane Pl NE, 10400-block of Casador Del Oso NE, 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 3000-block of Morris St NE.  Entries:  Unlocked vehicles, breaking windows.  Items left behind in vehicles that were stolen:  A failed attempt to steal one vehicle, leaving significant damage.  A 9 MM Smith & Wesson gun.  A purse left on the front seat.  A purse, cell phone, driver’s license, 3 credit cards, $50 in cash, health insurance cards, a checkbook and wallet left in unlocked vehicle while caller was returning a grocery cart to the rack.  A back pack, gym clothes, shoes, powder supplements, 3 boxes of 9 MM ammunition and 1 box of 38 caliber ammunition and a plaid shirt.

Quick Take-Aways:  Use your situational awareness skills, ladies!  Especially in parking lots.  One of our victims of auto burglary was returning the grocery cart to the rack when her purse and valuable contents were stolen from her vehicle.  Keep your vehicle locked and the purse out of sight.  Scan the area when you drive in to look for a parking spot and before you exit the store into the parking lot — take a quick scan to check for any loitering, pan-handling, or people who do not appear to have legitimate business there.  Ask for an escort to your vehicle.  Don’t allow your attention to be scattered when loading groceries into the vehicle.  The holiday season is here — we will all need to ‘up our game’ regarding situational awareness with shorter daylight hours, busy parking lots and the normal hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season upon us.


Be safe and my last post until November 27th will appear tomorrow —

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