Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
PLEASE lock your cars
Today’s crime report really illustrates the importance of securing your cars and your valuables! We have had a recent rash of larcenies from vehicles in the city – 34 reports since November 1, some reports with multiple cars/victims - and there have also been a large number of cases where car owners found that someone had been inside the vehicle and rummaged through their belongings. (As I write this, officers are taking more reports from a neighborhood off Cowan Boulevard.) In nearly EVERY recent reported case, the car doors were left unlocked.
Breaking in to a vehicle takes time and increases the chance of a thief drawing attention to his actions and getting caught. Instead, it is so much easier to simply walk down a line of cars parked on the street and try the door handle.
So let’s just make it a little bit harder on the bad guys by taking the simple step of hitting the lock button. Save yourself from suffering that “oh @#%!! ” feeling when you go to start your car in the morning!
Today’s crime report:
1100 block Townsend Blvd, 1/15 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. A resident reported that he returned home to find his apartment door pried open and items of value stolen from different rooms inside. The investigation is ongoing.
800 block Marye St, 1/13 – 1/15 7:00 a.m. A total of seven victims reported that an unknown person entered their unlocked vehicles and rummaged through the contents of glove boxes and consoles. Items of value were stolen from several of the vehicles. The investigation is ongoing.
Wellington Woods, 1704 Lafayette Blvd, 1/14 – 1/15 8:20 a.m. A maintenance supervisor reported that an unknown person broke into the coin changer in the laundry room and stole an undetermined amount of money. The investigation is ongoing.
300 block Hawke St, 12/23 – 1/8 12:00 p.m. A resident reported that an item of jewelry was stolen from her room. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
200 block Germania St, 1/14 – 1/15 11:00 a.m. A resident reported that the stereo system was stolen from her unlocked vehicle. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
1500 block Lafayette Blvd, 1/14 – 1/15 1:20 p.m. A resident reported that his laptop computer was stolen from his apartment. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
1200 block Townsend Blvd, 1/14 – 1/15 7:30 a.m. A resident reported that an unknown person scratched and damaged his vehicle in the parking lot. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
Game Stop, 1667 Carl D Silver Pkwy, 1/14 – 1/15 1:30 p.m. A Norfolk resident reported that an unknown person used his credit card information to make a purchase at Game Stop, even though the card never left his possession. The investigation is ongoing.
German Perez Diaz, 22, of Fredericksburg was arrested for consuming an alcoholic beverage while driving.
Chad Helker, 22, of Spotsylvania was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and shoplifting from Walmart.
Juvenile male, 17, was arrested for underage possession of alcohol and shoplifting from Walmart.
Blake Bailey, 21, of Fredericksburg was arrested for possession of marijuana.