Police seeking dedicated citizens

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 1, 2002

Suffolk Police detectives investigators are investigating several crimes and they need the help of the public in finding the suspects. Among the crimes being investigated are a &uot;home invasion,&uot; a residential burglary, a vehicular theft from a local business, and vandalism of a school.

In the first, a man stalked through a home with a gun, demanding money from the occupants of the home located in the 300 block of Woodruff Street in the Hollywood section of town.

According to Police Officer M.E. Simpkins, the gunman entered a home around 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 2.

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Simpkins said the man is described as a black male, medium complexion, weighing 250-300 pounds. His height is estimated to be 5’11&uot; to 6’3&uot; and the victims described him as between 20 and 25 years old. They told detectives that he was wearing round rim glasses, a Tee-shirt and blue jeans.

When the two occupants told the suspect they had no money, he left the residence with their cell phone. Neither victim was injured.

The suspect drove away in what the victims believed to be an Explorer or an Expedition.

Police are still seeking help from local citizens in finding the suspects who entered another home in the 200 block of Brook Avenue.

&uot;The suspects entered the residence by forcing open a door at the rear of the home,&uot; Simpkins explained. &uot;Once inside, they removed a 27-inch Panasonic television, assorted items of jewelry, and a small amount of cash.&uot;

In the theft of a vehicle from the automotive shop, a 1991 Honda Accord was removed from the lot of Suffolk Auto Body on June 26.

Simpkins said the vehicle was brown in color and parked in front of the business. Thieves also attempted to remove a 1992 Honda the same night.

The ’91 Honda was located in a field off Cemetery Street. It had been painted gray in an attempt to disguise it and the windshield and windows were bashed out. The metal body of the vehicle had been beaten until it had several holes in it, rendering the vehicle a total loss.

Detectives continue to investigate the vandalism of John Yeates Middle School on Bennett’s Pasture Road on the northern end of the city.

According to Simpkins, vandals entered the school on July 11 or 12. They gained entry by breaking out windows, causing damages in excess of $2,000 to the facility.

Police are asking in all these incidents that anyone with information about the crimes call Crime Line or the LOCK-U-UP number, 539-1222 or 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Callers to these numbers are never asked to give their names and they are never required to testify in court.

If a caller’s information leads to the arrest of the suspects, callers are paid cash rewards of up to $1,000.

Off. Simpkins added that it is often with the help of local citizens that police are able to make arrests of suspects that cause such damages and in some cases, harm the victims. In some instances, police are assisted by Neighborhood Watch groups, and by helping police, these committed citizens are helping to remove the criminal element from this city. For more information on establishing a Neighborhood Watch group, call Simpkins at 923-2173.