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Virginia-Highland Crime Report: Shoplifting, Car Break-ins and More

Recent crimes reported in Virginia-Highland

The following report was sent to Virginia-Highland residents by VHCA safety chairman John Wolfinger.

The following reports are taken from our APD Zone 6 (http://www.atlantapd.org/zone6.aspx) crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 32,33, and 34 (8/5 to 8/25).  Note that this is a compilation of 3 weeks, instead of the usual 2 weeks.  Again, I state that these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your alertness and awareness.  The emphasis is on our VaHi Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us.  

Aggravated Assault  -  A male reported being shot outside of a Bonaventure Avenue apartment, but waited some time before calling in a 911 report.  No physical evidence was found outside of a shooting, but such evidence was spotted inside the apartment - indicating to responding officers that it may have been a self-inflicted accidental shooting - the victim was taken to Grady with non-life-threatening wounds.

On 8/21 at 8 p.m. at the Open Door Community on PDL Avenue a combative arrestee under the influence of either drugs or alcohol attacked 3 different victims - one being struck with a board with a protruding nail.  No one was seriously hurt and the arrestee was taken to Grady.

Nearby at 4 a.m. on northbound Moreland Avenue a motorist and passenger was fired at from a vehicle beside them - they suffered only superficial wounds and refused treatment. 

Auto Theft  -  Vehicles were stolen from Bellevue Drive, Briarcliff Place, North Highland Avenue, Lanier Boulevard, Greenwood Avenue (2), St. Charles Avenue and two botched attempts were reported from Virginia Avenue.  

Auto Theft Recovery  -  No such reports from Beat 601  

Commercial Burglary  -  No reports from Beat 601  

Residential Burglary  -  Residences were broken into on Monroe Drive via a broken door window, North Highland Avenue via an unlocked back door (their dog was locked in the bathroom), Briarcliff Road via a pried open front door - the victim found the perp inside when she came home, asked for her laptop back, he returned it and fled on a bicycle, Orme Circle entered via a broken back window and cut himself on the glass (tsk!), evidently the alarm scared him off as nothing was reported taken.   Hopefully now that Charles Echols is behind bars - this rash of residential burglaries is over.  BUT - if you still do not have double locks on your doors, make this change quickly.  Just because your door is locked with a single lock - all someone has to do is break the window glass and reach in for entry.  

Commercial Robbery  -  No such reports from Beat 601  

Residential Robbery  -  No such reports from Beat 601  

Larceny From Vehicle -  Vehicles were entered into on Bellevue Drive, Kentucky Avenue (2), North Highland Avenue (3), PDL Avenue (2), Amsterdam Walk, St. Charles Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, Drewry Street and hubcaps were taken off on PDL Place.  

Homicide  -  On 8/16 at 10:15 p.m. a "person shot" call was made with the Barnett Street convenience store owner, "Mike" Moloo, being the victim, after an apparent robbery attempt.  He was taken to Grady where he died.  This investigation still continues.  Please, if anyone happens to remember seeing or hearing anything that nite that could be of help in solving this case - e-mail Detective K. Otts at kotts@atlantaga.gov  Homicide needs more help in solving this horrific murder.    A memorial facebook page is at  htttp://www.facebook.com/RememberMikeMoloo ;  

Larceny Other  -  Shoplifting was reported at Intown Hardware.  An unwatched cellphone was taken from the DJ at the MJQ Club.  A potential "customer" at ATL Motorcycles on PDL Avenue took a scooter for a test drive and never returned.  An unwatched cellphone was taken from the front desk at Enyata Salon on North Highland Avenue - 2 teenage b/m had been in soliciting "funds for Grady High School football team" before the phone was discovered as missing.  The CVS store caught a shoplifter.  There were front porch package thefts on Virginia Avenue.  

Nearby snatch and grabs continue to be a problem.  A cellphone was snatched from a texting passenger of a car stopped at a traffic lite on North Avenue at 8 p.m. - a similar incident happened on this street at 3:15 a.m.  A GBI employee had his phone snatched while he was pumping gas at 6:15 p.m. at a Boulevard gas station.  At 1:15 p.m. a phone was snatched from a talking Merritts Avenue pedestrian and the same sort of thing happened to a PDL Avenue pedestrian near Parkway at 7:30 p.m.  In EAV on Brownwood Avenue at 2 a.m. the victim stuck his phone out the door for a better signal and had it snatched.  A group of teens asked an Eastlake pedestrian near Publix to borrow his phone and fled.  An unwatched phone was taken from a table at Bessie Branham rec center in Kirkwood.  I may have missed some of these reports - but hope you get the idea that cellphones need to be watched at all times, are not to be loaned to strangers wanting to borrow them and walking and texting/talking are verboten and keep your car windows rolled up while talking/texting at a traffic lite.  "Used" cellphones can be easily sold for cash and quite obviously there is a good market for them.   

Pedestrian Robbery  -  No reports from Beat 601  

However, across the street at the PDL Avenue Publix store parking lot on 8/9 at 1:30 p.m. there was a purse snatching.  The passing female who tried to intervene had a knife drawn on her and the perp fled on foot.  He dumped the purse in a Cleburne Terrace backyard and kept running.  He was spotted briefly on Linwood Avenue and led officers on a chase thru a section of Freedom Park and was finally captured in a Bonaventure Avenue backyard.  The perp was on both Federal and Georgia parole.  You can send a thank you to Officers Trombley, Larosa and Fisher for slogging thru the heavy rain that day on foot to make this capture at  http://www.atlantapd.org/officercomment.aspx   I'm sure they needed the rest of the day off to recover from all of that chasing!

Also nearby a Glen Iris apartment building resident was robbed of her car at gunpoint in the building's parking garage at 1:30 p.m. - the perps were driving yet another stolen car to steal this one.  A Ralph McGill Boulevard pedestrian was robbed of her purse by intimidation at 10:50 p.m. and also on this same street at 6:15 p.m. a pedestrian was robbed of her purse and cellphone at gunpoint.

Kelly Bray September 12, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I am the VP for the Grady Football Booster club. I have talked with Coach Millen, and he confirms we will NEVER send a football player out for cash donations. If anyone ever claims this, they are not affiliated with Grady High School Football, so please do not fall for the scam. Our athletes are in school all day, and practicing until 8pm every evening. We do have various efforts to help defer the cost of pre-game meals and other legitimate overhead associated with the football program. Any community support is greatly appreciated. Incidents like this undermine our efforts. - Kelly Bray
Kelly Bray September 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Just an FYI, the football players will be selling Knight Cards, which are discount cards to various businesses in the Grady Cluster. This is a legitimate fundraiser. - Kelly Bray
John Wolfinger September 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Thanx for this posting Kelly. I too hate to see legitimate activities being presented by wannabe's as a scam. There also was a residential robbery recently on Boulevard in the 4th Ward by two b/m representing themselves as Grady students soliciting funds for the football program. This also follows incidents in Midtown a year or so ago with guys using the same ruse.

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