Per conversations with Detective Paul Cahill, VBPD Property Crimes, all but
one of the burglaries committed in late August and September have been solved and
suspects have been arrested or had arrest warrants issued. Several of them appear
to have been committed by acquaintances of the victims. One appears to have been
committed by a suspect who is suspected in several burglaries in Ocean Park. One
appears to have been committed by suspected thieves from the peninsula who just randomly
selected one residence in our neighborhood while passing through the Shore Dr. corridor.
The one remaining burglary case has some leads and a person of interest.
As a result of VBPD efforts, there have been no burglaries committed since
29 September. Since that date, the only crimes committed in our neighborhood have
been a vehicle larceny committed on the 2200 block of Pleasure House Rd on 10 October
and vehicle larcenies committed on the 4700 block of Ocean View Ave on both 03 and
CBNW Notice--Vehicle Larcenies Continue, Saturday, October 15 2011
Lots of attention has been paid to the burglaries occurring in the last seven
weeks, but vehicle larcenies continue to be a problem, also, in Chesapeake Beach.
The following are thirteen vehicle larcenies which occurred over the last six weeks:
10-10-11 the 2200 block of Pleasure House Rd
10-3-11 the 4700 block of Ocean View Av
9-24-11 the Lake Bradford Apts on the 3700 block of Candy Ct
9-1511 the 2300 block of Pleasure House Rd
9-15-11 the 4600 block of Islander Ct
9-8-11 the 2200 block of Greenwell Rd
9-7-11 the 4600 block of Berrie Rd
9-5-11 the 5000 block of Ocean View Av
9-5-11 the 4400 block of Ocean View Av
9-4-11 the 2200 block of Chicks Beach Ct
8-31-11 the 4600 block of North Greenwell Rd
8-30-11 the 4900 block of Bradpointe La
8-21-11 the 4700 block of Hollis Rd
Police indicate that most vehicle larcenies involve unlocked cars, so please
lock up your cars!
CBNW Notice--More Neighborhood Burglaries, Saturday, October 8, 2011
The two latest burglaries and one burglary attempt are listed below. Additionally,
WAVY-TV 10 continues to report on the burglaries in Chic’s Beach. A WAVY-TV 10 web
article from Thursday, September 29th, Police up patrols in Chick's Beach, and a
TV report, Break-ins make residents uneasy, discuss the most recent burglaries and
attempt listed below (The latter WAVY-TV 10 report mistakenly states that 14 burglaries
have recently taken place along Pleasure House Rd; this is actually the total number
of burglaries along the bayfront from Lake Smith to the Lesner Bridge.). A WAVY-TV
10/Fox 43 TV report from Thursday, October 6th, Brazen burglaries continue in VB,
discusses the burglaries all along the Bayfront (14 burglaries in September from
Lake Smith to the Lesner Bridge) and interviews Baylake Pines residents who received
a flyer warning of the burglaries, including one on Lookout Ct, just outside the
Chic’s Beach neighborhood.
9-28/9-11 one burglary and an attempted burglary in the condos on the 4800 block
of Secure Ct
9-27-11 a burglary on the 2300 block of Brigadoon Ct
CBNW Notice--Spike in Neighborhood Burglaries, Saturday, September 24, 2011
On Monday, September 19th, WAVY-TV 10 reported on the sudden spike in burglaries
in Chic’s Beach. There are actually two videos at WAVY-TV 10, a shorter one done
early in the evening and an extended video report from later that night. Those TV
stories can be found here: Police probe Chick's Beach break-ins. After only one
burglary in the preceding 30 days, there have been five burglaries between August
23rd and September 20th, counting one that occurred just one day after this news
story. The following burglaries have recently occurred:
9-20-11 the Dadson Arms Apartments on the 4700 block of Dadson Ct
9-19-11 the 4800 block of Algonac Av
9-13-11 the 2200 block of Chicks Beach Ct
9-9-11 the 4600 block of Guam St
8-23-11 the 2300 block of Greenwell Rd
Police indicate that some of the thieves entered homes via unlocked doors, windows
or pet doors, so please lock up your home when you leave it!
CBNW Notice--Neighborhood Burglary, Thursday, September 22, 2011
On Tuesday, September 20th, there was a Burglary in the Dadson Arms Apartments
on the 4700 block of Dadson Ct.
VBPD Notice--VBPD Scam Alert Page Created, Thursday, September 22, 2011
To avoid scams like the ones in Kings Grant noted below, check out the VBPD
Scam Alert web page. The Virginia Beach Police Department has created a page listing
the latest schemes and scams aimed at taking your money. They focus on anything
from real estate scams to lottery, check and money order frauds. The site not only
lists the scam but gives you a detailed account of how it works. Click this link
for the Virginia Beach Police Scam page.
VBCCO Notice--Door-to-Door Scams, Monday, September 19, 2011
This morning I was contacted by two of our neighbors about a major scam. Please
A young, well dressed, well spoken person came to their doors claiming to be
a relative of a neighbor. He claimed to represent an agency that was trying to raise
money to get books for kids, so the neighbor wrote them a check and posed for a picture
with the perpetrator. In the other instance, the scam artist was working for Marquis
Fulfillment Agency (MFA).
The FBI advised one neighbor that this is a major scam all over the country.
It was suggested that this person close his bank account and place a stop payment
on the check. The photo taken could even be used to create a false ID.
If you have been hit by this scam, my personal suggestion is to put a stop payment
on any check you wrote, whether it was a donation or used to buy an item, like a
magazine subscription, that they were selling and close out that bank account. You
also should probably notify the FBI.
I plan on taking the picture of any young person who knocks on my door.
Kings Grant Civic League
Webmaster note: The best advice to avoid these door-to-door scams is top follow
the VBPD guidance given in our February 7, 2011 Alert.
VBPD Alert--Soda Bottle Bombs, Thursday, September 15, 2011 (One of our BCs advised
us earlier of this issue.)
Pay attention to this. Do NOT pick up any closed plastic bottles that may
be lying in your yards or in the gutter, etc. If you see a plastic soda bottle with
a cap screwed on, it may be a Soda Bottle Bomb made from a drain cleaning solvent
mixed with water and small pieces of foil. If you disturb it by picking it up, then
BOOM!! No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.
People in other states have found these "bombs" in mailboxes and in their yards,
just waiting to be picked up to put it in the trash. But, you'll never make it!!!
It takes only 30 seconds to blow after you move it.
Perpetrators are placing a drain-cleaning solvent, such as Drano, pieces of aluminum
foil, and a little water in soda bottle, capping it, and leaving it on lawns or mailboxes.
When you go to pick it up the bottle the content is shaken just a little - in about
30 seconds or less it builds up a gas and explodes with enough force to remove some
of your extremities. The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well.
Also checked on "SNOPES" (link below) -- it's true -- the video at SNOPES shows the
Indiana State Police Bomb Squad detonating one.
CBNW Notice--Holiday Weekend Crimes, Monday, September 12, 2011
On this past Wednesday and Thursday, September 7th & 8th, there were two Motor
Vehicle Thefts, one on the 4600 block of Berrie Rd (around the corner from the Acorn
Apt that had a similar theft just a few days ago as noted immediately below, and
one on the 2200 block of Greenwell Rd. These crimes are happening at a high rate,
so unless one of our residents see them being committed, quite few more vehicles
will get things stolen from them. On the 8th, there was also a burglary of a business
on the 2200 block of Pleasure House Rd (between Walgreens and Chanello’s, inclusive).
CBNW Notice--Holiday Weekend Crimes, Thursday, September 8, 2011
On this past Sunday, September 4th, of the holiday weekend, there was a Motor
Vehicle Theft from the Acorn Apartments on the 2200 block of Acorn Cove and a Larceny
from a Motor Vehicle Larceny on the 2200 block of Chicks Beach Ct. Motor Vehicle
Larcenies appear to be the popular crime this summer. See postings below for emphasis.
The vast majority of vehicle larcenies involve unlocked cars, so please lock your
CBNW Notice--Another Motor Vehicle Larceny, Friday, September 2, 2011
On this past Tuesday, August 30th, there was a Larceny from a Motor Vehicle
on the 4900 block of Bradpointe La.
CBNW Update--Potential Vandals Patrolling Neighborhood in Silver Pickup, Monday,
August 29, 2011, 11:55 pm
This evening, the CBNW Coordinator noticed a suspicious group of young men
driving slowly along various neighborhood streets in a pickup truck with out-of-state
plates. An abbreviated phone tree was activated and an email alert was sent out
to CBNW participants and NW Coordinators for other Bayfront communities. The CBNW
Coordinator contacted police and remained at his home until officers arrived. One
Block Captain located the suspects milling about new construction homes on the 4300
block of Sandy Bay Dr in Baylake Pines. He followed the suspects as they proceeded
west along Lookout Rd back into Chic's Beach. A second BC joined the first in following
the suspects as they drove down almost every street in the NW corner of the neighborhood.
One of the BCs ceased pursuit to make another call to police. The second BC was
confronted by the suspects who berated and cursed at the BC before fleeing south
on Pleasure House Rd. The police were talking to the CBNW Coordinator as that was
happening, and after a quick cell phone call to the second BC, the police were sent
in pursuit of the suspects with a description and license # of the suspects. Thanks
to a quick response, these suspects were stopped prior to committing any crimes in
CBNW Update--Potential Vandals Patrolling Neighborhood in Silver Pickup, Monday,
August 29, 2011, 6:29 pm
Pickup has TN plates 396 DMX. Heading toward Shore Drive on Pleasure House
currently. VBPD cruiser has the info and is heading that way.
Chesapeake Beach Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
CBNW Alert--Potential Vandals Patrolling Neighborhood in Silver Pickup, Monday, August
29, 2011, 5:54 pm
There are five men in a silver colored pickup truck with a dent on the driver's
side and out-of-state license plates driving slowly around the neighborhood looking
at homes and property. Four of the men are inside the pickup, and one is riding
in the bed of the truck. Beware of these potential thieves.
A pre-planned Neighborhood Watch meeting was held on the Sunday after Hurricane
Irene to assess the damage and security risks to the community. Damage to local
homes and power outages were discussed. The NW Coordinator and Block Captains identified
the need to use cell phones to communicate due to landline outages. A CBNW sign
was posted in the front yard of a local house that was so damaged that it could not
be occupied by the owners.
CBNW Notice--Post-Storm Neighborhood Security Meeting, Sunday, August 28, 2011,
12:00 pm (posted Friday, August 26, 2011, 10:15 pm)
The Chesapeake Beach Neighborhood Watch (CBNW) will have a post-storm meeting
to discuss neighborhood security issues after the passage of Hurricane Irene. CBNW
Coordinator Dave Hall will conduct the meeting at the Chesapeake Beach Fire & Rescue
Station at 2444 Pleasure House Road on Sunday, August 28th at 12 noon. If the storm
has not yet passed at noon on Sunday, the meeting will be postponed until 4:00pm
Sunday. We request that Block Captains who are remaining in town for the storm try
to attend this meeting if it is safe for you to proceed from your home to the firestation.
Anyone else with neighborhood security concerns is welcome to attend the meeting,
also. ALL RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME!!! You do not have to be a Neighborhood Watch
participant nor do you have to be a civic league member to attend. If, however,
you do sign up with the CBNW, you will be on the alert email list and receive the
latest on criminal activity in our neighborhood and anti-crime tips that are passed
along to us from the police.
CBNW Notice--National Night Out tonight 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (posted Tuesday, August
2, 2011, 10:36 am)
It's National Night out tonight behind HK on the Bay from 5:30 PM to about
8:00 PM. There will be qualified to folks to take your children's fingerprints for
you, if you wish. It's good to get them re-done if your kids haven't had them done
in a year or two. Their prints get more clear as they get older.
Bob Costello and I will have a table set up. Bob will have a chart showing
recent crime activity in our neighborhood. We'll have engravers and you can bring
your bikes or other valuables by to engrave your personal identifying marks/numbers
to aid in recovery should they be stolen. We'll also sign anyone up who wants to
join CBNW or just be happy to talk to you about your concerns.
Chesapeake Beach Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
CBNW Update--Vehicle Larcenies on Lauderdale Sunday, June 19, 2011, 11:00 am
This morning between 4 am and 5 am, the Block Captain (BC) on Lauderdale responded
to more noises, but could not see anyone. Sandy footprints were noticed this morning,
and it appears that the hoodlums attempted to get into garages. The BC again reported
the details to the police. This, once again, reemphasizes the point that we have
burglars targeting garages in our neighborhood!
CBNW Alert--Vehicle Larcenies on Lauderdale This Morning, Saturday, June 18, 2011,
This morning about 4:30, a car parked on the 4900 block of Lauderdale Ave had
a car alarm go off. A Block Captain (BC) responded but was unable to see anything.
Later, today, the BC found a garage door opener on their driveway on the 4900 block
of Lauderdale Ave. Walking around operating the opener, the BC found that it opened
a door on the 4900 block of Bayview Ave. It would appear that hoodlums breaking
into vehicles had stolen the opener earlier on 4900 block of Bayview Ave, but dropped
the opener and ran away when ca alarm went off on the 4900 block of Lauderdale Ave.
The hoodlums appear to have gone through several unlocked cars. Checking with other
home owners on Lauderdale Ave, the BC learned that another resident heard a noise
this morning, but when he checked out the noise, he only found lots of wet sand foot
prints on his porch. The BC called the police and reported the incident. Everyone
needs to be alert & call the police if something suspicious is seen or heard at an
early morning hour like this. The vast majority of vehicle larcenies involve unlocked
cars, so please lock your cars! Also, do not leave garage door openers, cell phones,
GPS units, or GPS mounting brackets visible in through your car windows.
CBNW Alert--Vehicle Larcenies on Athens Blvd This Weekend, Tuesday, June 7, 2011,
During this past Memorial Day weekend, there were two unlocked vehicles on
Athens Blvd that had items stolen from inside of them. The owners are hesitant to
report this to the police. There may have been others that night that we just have
not learned about. Some people might feel embarrassed that they left their car unlocked,
but the crimes need to be reported and neighbors need to be alerted as to the problems
on their street and neighboring streets, so that they can take preventative action.
Similarly, we will only get additional police patrols on our streets if they know
that we are having problems. There have been several noted incidents of groups of
unlicensed solicitors browsing Athens Blvd and Bradpointe Lane in the last two months.
There may be no tie-in to these larcenies, but the police believe that unlicensed
solicitors, besides violating city legal code, are identifying potential victims
for future property crimes, as explained in the Feb 7th alert below. Please, everyone,
report all unlicensed solicitors to the police public safety number, 385-5000.
CBNW Alert--Vehicle Larceny on Greenwell Rd Last Night, Saturday, June 4, 2011,
Last night, a thief entered an unlocked car on Greenwell Rd and stole coins
from inside the vehicle.
VBPD Alert, February 28, 2011
Master Police Officer Nieves was in our neighborhood yesterday doing security
surveys and found a home with their garage door wide open. With one quick glance,
he saw about $1000 worth of equipment just laying in there. When he went inside,
there was about $7000 worth of stuff in view. As he notes, "This is how a neighborhood
becomes a target…the reward outweighs the risk." This reemphasizes a point made by
the police of the Third Precinct that there are some burglars in the precinct who
are specifically targeting garages and sheds - looking for power tools that can be
easily sold. Lock up your garages and sheds and make the burglars look elsewhere!
VBPD Alert, February 7, 2011
Be alert for burglars posing as door-to-door salesmen/home repairmen. If someone
comes soliciting at your door, ask him for his city-issued soliciting permit. The
permit will display the city seal and chief of police’s signature. If they have a
permit, they are likely legitimate. If they do NOT have a permit, decline their solicitation.
Observe the individual to see if they go to a vehicle and, if you can safely do so,
attempt to obtain a license plate number. After closing your door, CALL THE POLICE
at 385-5000 and provide them with a description of the individual(s) and any noted
vehicle. The individual(s) is at least soliciting illegally, and may be trying to
find homes with no one home so that he can break-in and burglarize them.
Residents listen to an explanation of K-9 Patrol procedures at
the 2006 National Night Out
Participating in Neighborhood Watch is as easy as staying in the communication
link and keeping alert for suspicious behavior in the neighborhood: Watch & Listen,
and when something seems wrong Ask & Act. Join CBNW by filling out the Automated
Participation Form or by contacting the coordinator at ChicsNW@gmail.com. You do
NOT have to own a home in Chic's Beach to be able to join; all residents of Chic's
Beach are eligible to participate in the CBNW program. You, also, do NOT have to
be a member of the civic league to join the CBNW, and CBCL members are NOT automatically
enrolled in the CBNW.
In talking to WTKR-TV3 about a spike in crime earlier this year, Virginia Beach
Police Chief James A. Cervera stressed the need for city residents to get involved
to help the police reduce crime. Citizens need to be vigilant and communicate with
the police and their neighbors. To hear Chief Cervera’s comments, click on his photo
to the right.