Issues With Grayland

While many neighbors are enjoying the new roundabout, some are also monitoring problems that stem from Grayland Avenue being partly open for parking. The people who are still using Grayland have abused the privilege by leaving litter and dangerously driving over part of the closed, roundabout section. The City’s Department of Public Works put up some black plastic fencing to try to discourage the misbehavior, but now people are just driving around it. Some neighbors are saying they predicted this and are re-iterating their calls for this section of Grayland Avenue’s street to be removed and fully closed as soon as possible.

Crime Report

From CommunityCrimeMap.com:

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE
1XX S LAUREL ST
Feb 7, 2018 at 9:28 am
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

HIT AND RUN
6XX W CARY ST
Feb 6, 2018 at 3:27 pm
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

HIT AND RUN
2XX S LINDEN ST
Feb 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

Burglary On N. Pine

Technically, N.Pine is north of the neighborhood, but relaying this information anyway.

From CommunityCrimeMap.com:

BURGLARY/B and E/RESIDENTIAL
1XX N PINE ST
Dec 1, 2017 at 1:15 am
Data provided by Richmond Police Department

On a related note, on Sunday a Laurel Street neighbor watched a guy with a package walk into an unlocked house across the street. He walked back out quickly and went back in the direction he came from toward Idlewood St. The owner of the home popped up and yelled after him “Did you need help with something” and he said he yelled back he got the wrong address but he kept moving. The owner then told us that he seemed startled by her dogs when he came in and she thinks thats why he left so quickly.

She was advised to report the incident to the police.

W. Cary Street Mugging Last Night; Suspect Arrested

WTVR is reporting on muggings and arrest last night

“The first incident took place on the 600 block of West Cary street. A student was approached by a suspect armed with a firearm who demanded property. The suspect fled with the property,” a VCU Police spokesperson said. “The second incident took place at Shafer and Franklin streets. Two students were approached by a suspect with a firearm who demanded property. One student was struck with the weapon and sustained minor injuries.”

The third incident was reported on the 900 block of Park Avenue.

“Two students were again approached by a suspect armed with a firearm who demanded property. Both students were assaulted and sustained minor injuries,” police said.

Richmond Police located the suspect along the 400 block of North Harrison Street and arrested him at about 4:22 a.m.

“The property taken by the suspect was recovered when the suspect was arrested,” police said. “VCU Police, working in concert with Richmond Police, are committed to the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”

Car Thieves!

A neighbor reported this morning:

Two guys, faces covered by hoods, heading down Laurel looking into car windows.

Another neighbor reported:

My partner forgot to lock the car. One got in but I scared him off. He’s in the gray hoodie. They been on Spring and Cherry . Police are looking for them.

Editorial comment: I guess now that students are back, criminals think we are easy pickings. Its up to neighbors to prove them wrong.