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Tow Truck Pirate is Raiding the Roads of Richmond – Correction Not a Pirate at All, Lawful Act Committed

It’s a new (to us) brazen method for stealing cars and it takes mere seconds.

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RPD issued this email at 7:15 PM correcting their previous email from earlier in the day.

UPDATE: Tow Truck Determined to Have Engaged in Lawful Tow

Following new information received by detectives – the tow truck featured in today’s release about a possible vehicle theft has been identified and it has been determined the vehicle was lawfully towed.

While RPD officers were following the proper procedure for taking a report of a stolen vehicle, information provided by the tow company, which alerts public safety agencies to a legal tow, was not immediately forwarded to RPD. Therefore, RPD officers and detectives were not made aware the vehicle had been lawfully towed while investigating the missing vehicle.

While investigating the stolen vehicle report, detectives released a surveillance video to alert the public to the potential safety issue.

 

From RPD:

The Richmond Police Department is alerting the public to an unlicensed tow truck that is being used to quickly steal vehicles throughout the city. A surveillance camera video clip of the tow truck as it is stealing a vehicle in the Davee Gardens neighborhood.

Late morning on Sunday, October 24, the tow truck, black in color, backed towards a parked vehicle, lifted it with the tow gear and, within seconds, towed the vehicle away. A photo of the tow truck is also attached.

There are no logos or lettering on the truck, which is required by state code for tow trucks for hire.

Detectives ask the public to call 911 if they see this tow vehicle or any tow truck without company name, lettering or logo.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Spend Lunchtime in Nature with a Nature Walk

Join the Climate Action Team for a lunch hour nature walk in one of Richmond’s parks with some fellow lovers of the outdoors.

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Register Here for Updates: https://www.mobilize.us/lcvva/event/429604/

Join the Climate Action Team for a lunch hour nature walk in one of Richmond’s parks with some fellow lovers of the outdoors. We will end with a brief discussion about what we can do to protect and expand green spaces in Richmond and beyond, and guided meditation to reflect on and appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings.

We will be meeting in the Forest Hill Park parking lot at 12:00 PM and the walk will start promptly at 12:05 PM

Address for the park: 4021 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225

Please reach out to Devyn Keller at [email protected] with any questions or concerns!

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Caroling in Monroe Park

Get ready to lift up your voices on high, this Sunday at Monroe Park.

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The Grace and Holy Trinity Vocal Ensemble, the RVA Street Singers, the Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir will be leading a community sing in Monroe Park on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The four groups will lead community members in both traditional hymns and songs of the season from 4:00-4:45 pm. The food trucks Monique’s Crepes and Shake Down Eats will provide food and beverage alongside Espresso A-Go-Go from 3:00-6:00 pm.

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It’s Over at The Westover for Now

They stated that they’ll be considering other potential concepts for this space in the new year.

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The coffeeshop/restaurant The Westover (formerly Taza/Zata) is taking some time off to reconsider their options. Located at 5047 Forrest Hill Avenue for the past few years has been run by Tuffy Stone of Q Barbecue fame.

They made the announcement on Instagram today.

Dear patrons, neighbors, and loyal returning customers,

Beginning Wednesday December 8th, The Westover is stopping operations and taking a pause while we consider other potential concepts for this space in the new year. We apologize to all of our customers for any inconvenience that this may cause as well as the short notice.

Stay tuned, and thank you to all of the wonderful customers that have supported us.

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