The Blotter | House burglary, attempted strong-arm robbery, and more

An unknown number of suspects broke into a house on Woodland Way in broad daylight. The victim said the house was “ransacked.”

The alleged crime happened between 8 a.m. – noon on Jan. 16 on the 130 block of Woodland.

According to Piedmont Police Department Captain Chris Monahan, the suspect or suspects “used an unknown object to shatter the front sliding glass door to gain entry.”

The suspect(s) then went room-to-room taking a computer, jewelry, a gaming console and some money before fleeing.

“Some evidence was collected and is being reviewed,” Captain Monahan said.

On Jan. 9, two juveniles and an adult were detained after an attempted strong-arm robbery was reported on Warfield Avenue. Captain Monahan reported that the adult was not confirmed to be involved and was identified and released. The two juveniles were transported to Juvenile Hall and their parents were notified.

The narrative began with Piedmont officers searching for a vehicle involved in a carjacking. The city’s Automated License Place Reader (ALPR) identified the vehicle entering the city. The 2009 red Honda Civic was found unoccupied on Valle Vista Avenue. While officers were at the scene, the attempted robbery was reported approximately two blocks away.

When officers arrived at that scene, they took information and searched for the suspects. One was found on Wildwood and the other two walking on Valle Vista towards Lakeshore Avenue. According to Captain Monahan, the two suspects had grabbed the victim by her arm and she had screamed, causing them to flee.

On Jan. 13, a dispute over a person not wearing a mask led to a reported battery. At about 4:41 p.m., officers were dispatched to Latham Street and Cambridge Way. The reporting party claimed that another person “walked towards her and told her to put on a COVID-19 mask.” After an exchange of words, the woman said the other woman kicked her in the stomach. Later, Piedmont dispatch received a call from the other party, who claimed she did not kick the other woman. She said she had lifted her leg to keep the distance between the two “out of fear.”

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