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2015-10-14 / Crime Watch

Neighborhood plagued by morning break-ins

Michael Buettner

An older neighborhood in the Bensley area at the northeastern end of the county, Falling Creek Hills, has suffered through a string of morning break-ins this month:

• Firearms, cash and miscellaneous items were reported stolen around 7:30 a.m. on Oct.

1 from a home in the 6100 block of Strathcona Street by unknown suspect(s) who broke out a window in the back door to gain entry.

• Cash and electronic devices were reported stolen around 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 1 from a home in the 2900 block of Parkdale Road by unknown suspect(s) who gained entry through a locked porch door and the kitchen door.

• Unknown suspect(s) tried unsuccessfully to enter a home in the 2800 block of Stanwix Lane around 10 a.m. on Oct. 1 by breaking a window.

• A home in the 2900 block of Stanwix Lane was entered around 8 a.m. on Oct. 5 by unknown suspect(s) who gained entry through the kitchen door. The inside was ransacked and cash, electronic devices, jewelry and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Anyone who has information about these incidents or any other crime is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. You can also submit a tip at crimesolvers.net or by texting WATSON plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

In other crimes:

Chester (West Hundred Road) – A coinoperated machine at Flagstop Car Wash in the 2500 block was damaged on Oct. 3 by unknown suspect(s) trying unsuccessfully to steal cash from the machine.

Hopkins Road – A masked suspect with a handgun robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the 5700 block around 10 a.m. on Oct. 5 and fled in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police arrested the suspect shortly afterward.

Jefferson Davis Highway – A vehicle was set on fire at Falling Creek Park in the 5800 block around 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 1.

• A known suspect stole a blue 2014 Volkswagen from the parking lot of a business in the 12400 block around 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 2. It was later recovered within the county.

Meadowdale Boulevard – Unknown suspect(s) smashed the glass front door to enter Elsa’s Jewelry in the 4000 block on Oct. 5. Jewelry was reported stolen.

Midlothian Turnpike – Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to an automotive business in the 8200 block on Sept. 29 by prying open a rear door. The interior of the business and multiple vehicles inside were ransacked. Firearms were reported stolen.

Pocoshock Ridge Apartments (Handel Court) – An unspecified number of suspects approached a resident as he got out of his vehicle outside his unit in the 5500 block around 11:50 p.m. on Oct. 2. The suspects demanded the resident’s property and, after he gave it to them, one suspect hit him on the head with a handgun. Cash, electronic devices and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Westchester Commons (Schofield Drive) – An ATM at the Bank of America branch in the 200 block was damaged on Sept. 28 by unknown suspect(s) trying unsuccessfully to force the machine open. A part was stolen from the machine.

Woodland Pond (Waterfowl Flyway) – Electronics and miscellaneous items were reported stolen around 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 from a vehicle parked at a home in the 9700 block. There were no signs of forced entry.

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