Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Police: 3 Armed Robberies Not Related; Police Notes

Armed Robberies with Knives and Guns in Bham

Three armed robberies in Buckingham over the week do not appear to be related, Arlington Police say, and they will be looking into whether or not they need to step-up patrols in the neighborhood (scroll down to see more details).

“They [investigators] do not believe that it’s the same suspects,” said Det. Steve Gomez of the police. “They definitely don’t see a pattern in the way the robberies were done.”

“It was a crime of opportunity,” Det. Gomez said, meaning that the attackers suspected the people in the neighborhood had a good deal of cash or other valuables on their persons.

Lt. Brian Berke will be meeting with operational commanders, discussing whether or not there needs to be special details patrolling the neighborhood.

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Police Notes for Buckingham

July 8: Armed Robbery, 4300 block of N. Pershing Dr. At approximately 2 a.m., a man standing outside of an apartment building was approached by three men with their faces covered. One of the men displayed a knife and took the victim’s wallet. The suspects fled on foot. “The impression that the victim got was that they were light skinned people.”

July 7: Armed Robbery, 200 block of N. Thomas St. At approximately 8:10 a.m., a man was approached by a stranger who demanded his money. The victim was compliant and the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash. A witness tried to intervene but the suspect pulled out a knife and fled on foot. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male, 25 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 140 pounds (which is skinny), with black curly hair and a mustache, last seen wearing a dark blue T-shirt and black pants.

July 6: Attempted Burglary, 700 block of N. George Mason Dr. Between 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 6, someone broke a window pane on the rear kitchen door of a house in an apparent attempt to gain entry. At the same home, a screen was removed from a bedroom window and the pane was partially shattered. It does not appear that either attempt to break in was successful.

July 6: Burglary, 4200 block of N. 2nd Rd. Between 6 p.m. on July 5 and 6:03 a.m. July 6, someone entered an apartment under renovation by smashing a window. It does not appear that anything was taken. Det. Steve Gomez of the Arlington County Police said, it might have been a homeless person or someone else who “just wanted to have someplace to crash.”

July 4: Armed Robbery, 4300 block of N. Pershing Dr. At approximately 12:45 a.m., a 21 year old man was standing in a bus shelter talking on a cell phone when he was approached by four men. Two of the suspects grabbed the victim while a third punched him in the face. The third suspect then produced a gun and pointed it at the victim’s face while the fourth suspect threatened him with a knife. The suspects demanded money and searched the victim’s pockets before fleeing with his cell phone. The attackers were all black males, Det. Gomez said.

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