I had the pleasure of having lunch yesterday with the North Police Chief, Leland Strickland. He told me of an arrest concerning a burglar that was operating in the
Monopoly Street area, and around the Canty and Randy Snow apartment complexes. Common procedure is to canvas the area and ask the neighbors if they had seen anything suspicious. One lady not only said yes, but gave a description of the vehicle, complete with license plate.
The car was located and the residence was put under surveillance. After selling some stolen merchandise, the items were a match to a burglary in the above area. The suspect was apprehended, and during questioning a cache of guns was located at another apartment. I wanted to bring this to your attention because of the action/observation of one lady that saw something out of the ordinary. She didn’t call 911, but she should have. She had vital information and didn’t think that it was important enough to bother the police with it. You are the eyes and ears of the community. You have the power to help stop bad people from committing crimes in your neighborhoods. This lady is to be commended for her situational awareness and attention to detail. Without her astute observation the bad guys would still be on the street putting our possessions at risk. If something looks suspicious or out of place, it probably is, so dial 911.
National Night Out is Tuesday, October 1st. Just in North Arlington alone, there will be 30 different gatherings to celebrate this event. We have remarkable people watching over us on the Arlington Police Force. The closer our relationship can become, the better we will be served as a community. I hope to see several of you Tuesday night.