2010-10-27 / Crime Watch

Beware of your surroundings, even at home

Gwen Sadler

It’s a basic tenet of safety to be aware of what’s going on around you so if trouble looms, you have some notice. But most people let their guards down when they’re in their driveways or apartment parking lots because they’re home, and home means safety. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case as the following incidents show.

Camberwell Road. At 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 16, an armed suspect approached a man as he was getting out of his vehicle in the 2800 block at South Pointe Landing Apartments and demanded the victim’s property. A second suspect stood nearby. After the victim gave up his wallet, the two suspects walked away.

Wentworth Street. At 12:35 a.m. on Oct. 15, a man getting out of his vehicle was approached by armed suspects as he walked toward his apartment in the 7000 block at the Lafayette Apartments. After threatening to shoot the victim if he moved, the suspects stole his cash, a gun, electronics and other property from him, then walked away.

Anyone with information about either robbery should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660 or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

In other crimes:

Beechnut Avenue. At 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 26, someone reported that fuel had been siphoned from two vehicles parked in a driveway in the 5600 block.

Beulah Road. At 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, someone reported that hinges on a shed door at a home in the 5300 block had been cut and property was stolen from inside. The property was found on the sides of the street and in woods near the residence.

Centre Street. At 2:46 a.m. on Oct. 20, someone broke into the In & Out convenience store in the 11900 block and stole money, consumable goods and other property.

Chalkley Road. Before 4 p.m. on Oct. 13, someone entered a Kroger store under construction in the 12200 block through a set of temporary doors and stole property.

Chester Road. At 1:55 a.m. on Oct. 21, someone broke into the Uppy’s store in the 9900 block and stole consumable goods.

Hampton Avenue. Sometime before 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 15, someone pushed an air conditioner out of a rear window of a home in the 21200 block to gain entry and stole money and electronics.

Innovation Drive. At 7 p.m. on Oct. 16, someone witnessed a suspect stealing scrap metal from a dumpster at BluePrint Automation in the 16000 block.

Rivendell Trail. Before 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 12, someone stole an HVAC unit from a newly built home in the 7300 block.

Riverterrace Road. At 5 a.m. on Oct. 20, someone poured a flammable liquid onto the front door of a unit in the 20800 block at River Road Terrace Apartments and set the door on fire.

Rollingside Drive. Sometime before 8 p.m. on Oct. 13, someone stole buckets and a trash can containing copper and brass from the yard of a home in the 18600 block.

Salem Church Road. Before 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, someone stole miscellaneous property from a construction site located at Salem Church Middle School in the 99700 block.

Sandy Ford Road. At 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, explosive devices damaged two mailboxes at homes in the 17800 block.

Southshore Pointe Drive. At 9:10 a.m. on Oct. 18, two masked and armed suspects forced the manager of Buffalo Wild Wings in the 12000 block to open the restaurant’s safe. The suspects stole the cash from the safe and electronics, then forced the manager and two other employees into the freezer before leaving.

West Bon View Drive. Before 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1, someone entered the garage of a home in the 8700 block, possibly through a pet door, and stole consumable goods.

Woodpecker Road. At 10:24 a.m. on Oct. 19, an armed suspect entered the front door of the Dollar General store in the 20800 block, held his gun to the back of the clerk at the register and demanded she give him the cash. After taking the money, the suspect left the store.

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