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Henrico Police release crime prevention tips following rash of vehicle thefts at recreational facilities, parks

Henrico Police released some common-sense tips to help prevent vehicle owners from becoming victims of smash-and-grabs that have been occurring at parks, fitness facilities, and in the parking lot of the trail-head of the Virginia Capital Trail in recent weeks.

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Henrico Police are warning area residents after thieves have been targeting vehicles parked at some of the county’s recreational facilities and parks, fitness facilities, and even the trail-head of the Virginia Capital Trail.

The string of incidents have concerned items left in plain view including purses and wallets, laptops and tablets, firearms, and cash, which are being stolen within seconds after suspects smash vehicle windows and grab the items. The thieves are also targeting documents containing personal identification, which can be used to commit identity theft.

Police offer the following common-sense tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Be alert for suspicious person(s) or vehicle(s) around you as you park your vehicle
  • Always place all valuable items and personal identity documents out of sight of common observation
  • Do not leave a spare key(s) in an easily accessible location within the vehicle’s interior or exterior
  • Always lock your unattended vehicle
  • Be alert when returning to your vehicle for anything suspicious; i.e., persons, vehicles, broken window(s), vehicle door(s) open, etc.
  • If you see something, say something – call police right away

If you have information or questions concerning a past incident, call the Henrico Police non-emergency number at 804.501.5000.

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Richmond Police seeking public’s help in locating missing child in alleged parental abduction

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing child, Kamill Jones, 2, whose mother is wanted for parental abduction.

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The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing child, Kamill Jones, 2, whose mother is wanted for parental abduction.

Erica Jones, 26, was last seen on July 16 in the 1100 block of Cypress Street when she picked up the child from family members. She was due to return Kamill to family members on July 18 but has not returned. Erica Jones does not have legal custody of Kamill Jones. They may still be in the area. Photos of mother and daughter are attached.

Erica Jones is approximately 5’ 3” and weighs about 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on Erica Jones or Kamill Jones is asked to call Detective J. Hewitt at (804) 646-6870 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com.

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RPD investigating shootings into vehicle and residence on Monument Avenue

At approximately 11:15 p.m. Friday night, RPD officers were approached by a victim at Allen Avenue and Broad Street who stated someone had fired shots into their vehicle near the Circle following an altercation.

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At approximately 11:15 p.m. Friday night, RPD officers were approached by a victim at Allen Avenue and Broad Street who stated someone had fired shots into their vehicle near the Circle following an altercation.

Around the same time, officers received several calls for random gunfire near the Circle in the 1600 block of Monument Avenue. When officers arrived, one of the callers stated the glass door at their residence was shattered by reported gunfire.

“Gunfire and violent behavior is not peaceful, nonviolent protest; it is criminal, unacceptable, and will not be tolerated in our city,” said Chief Gerald M. Smith. “The City of Richmond will take all necessary steps to protect residents and visitors and preserve peace and public safety in our communities.”

Officers canvassed the area near the Circle recovering a rifle and magazines.

Detectives are currently investigating to determine if the incidents are related.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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Richmond reschedules National Night Out events due to COVID-19 concerns

Events will be tentatively rescheduled for October 6th, 2020.

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Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Richmond Police Department is rescheduling this year’s National Night Out.

National Night Out will be tentatively held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 conditions in Richmond,” police said in a release. “Please watch RPD’s social media sites for updates.”

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police‐community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

As we get closer to the rescheduled date, RPD will provide updates on the status of 2020 National Night Out.

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