2014-11-19 / Crime Watch

Would-be armed robbers come up empty-handed

Michael Buettner

Sometimes the difference between a successful armed robbery and a waste of time and effort comes down to a simple matter of target-selection:

• A resident was walking in the 6500 block of South Beulah Road in the Crystal Lakes Townhomes around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 when a vehicle containing multiple suspects pulled up beside him. The front passenger got out, pointed a handgun at the resident and demanded his belongings. The resident said he had nothing with him. The suspect frisked the resident and found nothing, then got back in the vehicle, which drove off.

• A resident of the Squire Hill Apartments was assaulted around 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the 5800 block of Handel Court by an unspecified number of masked suspects who forced him to the ground, pistol-whipped him and went through his pockets. Finding nothing, the suspects ran off.

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 or text WATSON plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). All three methods allow you to remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward if your tip helps solve a crime.

In other crimes:

Charter Colony (Agee Terrace) – Copper was reported stolen from a house under construction in the 1100 block on Oct. 24.

Cougar Trail – Gunshots were fired into the air around 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 8 after a sporting event at Harrowgate Middle School. No injuries were reported.

Crystal Lakes Townhomes (Meadowdale Boulevard) – Electronic devices were stolen from a unit in the 3200 block on Nov. 4 by suspect(s) who forced entry through the rear sliding glass door. The residents later found the stolen items under a bush next to the apartment.

Hallsley (Shefford Drive) – Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a house under construction in the 16400 block on Oct. 24.

Hampton Park (Hampton Valley Drive) – Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from the crawl space of a vacant house in the 8400 block on Oct. 21.

Hull Street Road – Two locked sheds at Virginia Custom Buildings in the 10600 block were entered by unknown suspect(s) on Nov. 6. An area inside one shed was burned.

Ivy Walk Apartments (Burnt Oak Drive) – A moped was reported stolen on Nov. 3 from a unit in the 4900 block.

Jefferson Davis Highway – Inspection stickers were reported stolen from several vehicles at Heritage Chevrolet in the 12400 block on Nov. 3.

Magnolia Lakes (Magnolia Shore Lane) – Miscellaneous items were reported stolen on Nov. 3 from a construction site in the 5700 block.

Matoaca (Ferndale Avenue) – The tailgate was stolen from a pickup truck parked at a home in the 21800 block on Nov. 6.

Midlothian Turnpike – Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a business in the 10400 block on Nov. 4 by suspect(s) who entered by breaking the rear driver’s side window.

Millside (Lansmill Drive) – Cash, consumable goods, jewelry and miscellaneous items were stolen from a locked safe inside a locked home in the 17000 block on Nov. 4. There were no signs of forced entry.

Newberry Towne (Allandale Drive) – An unknown suspect entered an unlocked unit in the 3000 block around 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 5 but fled when he encountered a resident.

North Providence Road – Cash was reported stolen from a drop box at Learning Playhouse in the 200 block on Nov. 7.

Old Bermuda Hundred Road – Copper was reported stolen from a home in the 2300 block on Nov. 3.

Ranch Acres (Emblem Road) – Copper pipes were reported stolen from a house being renovated in the 2900 block on Nov. 10.

• Unknown suspect(s) broke into a vacant house in the 5500 block of Kay Road on Nov. 11. Nothing was reported stolen.

Solar I (Fahey Circle) – A resident saw an unspecified number of suspects pulling on the door of her locked vehicle in the 800 block around 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 4. When she confronted them, they ran off.

Tinsberry Trace (Tinsberry Drive) – Gunshots were reported near the 3000 block around 1 a.m. on Nov. 8. No injuries were reported.

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