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Robbery Reported On Decatur Square

That would be the seventh robbery since Feb. 7. Decatur police have not provided any information yet, but www.crimereports.com says the robbery occurred Sunday night in the 100 block of East Court Square.

(Editor's Note: Patch obtained a copy of the police report on Wednesday afternoon and posted a story about it. Four juveniles were arrested after stealing an iPhone from a woman dining at a restaurant.)

Decatur's seventh robbery in about two months apparently occurred Sunday night on the Decatur Court Square.

According to the website www.crimereports.com, the robbery was reported at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the 100 block of East Court Square. Decatur police provided the data to the website.

Details, such as whether a weapon was used, were unavailable. Patch asked Decatur police Monday morning for a report of the incident but it had not been provided late Tuesday.

The address on the Decatur Court Square includes a number of retail businesses and restaurant/bars, but employees of some businesses said Tuesday they didn't know anything about a Sunday night robbery.

Decatur police have reported six armed robberies since Feb. 7, with the most recent occurring Sunday, March 31 at Wahoo! Grill. Three men entered the restaurant after closing time, striking a male employee in the head with a pistol and knocking him unconscious.

Four victims were female pedestrians and one victim was a woman making a deposit at a drive-through ATM.

Lisa Cohen April 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM
my business (www.familyjewels.us) was here for a decade. I closed it in 2000, and one of the reasons was that, as a single mom, I decided it was just best to not sit in a store full of jewelry, albeit it 95% costume, like a sitting duck, while my then 10 yr old son depended on me. While I had never had a gun to my head, I knew someone who had been killed point-blank in his shop..and his shop was one which required a buzzer for entrance. I didn't live in fear then...nor now...just a healthy concern...and I never regretted the decision to shift from bricks to clicks.
David D April 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Everyone in the City of Decatur - officials as well as residents - need to wake up to the possibility that the reputation of the City will be destroyed if these armed robberies continue. It is a crisis that could set the City back 20 years.
David White April 10, 2013 at 02:14 PM
The Dekalb police do not enforce the law. You go to Scottdale, Eskimo Heights, Covington Highway, etc. and they just do not enforce the law. They let it slide. Dekalb is a cesspool of broken windows, run down parks, horrid surface streets, dilapidated houses. = crime.
David D April 10, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Huh? The article is about armed robberies in downtown Decatur. Decatur has its own police and City government.
decfamily April 10, 2013 at 03:22 PM
FYI - it sounds like Ralph is working to get an interview with police leaders so that they can address these fears. Hoping for an update soon as I think many of us share your concerns and are looking forward to some communication channels with the police on what is being done - and what we can all do. I am hoping the answer is not to live in fear and/or to not go out at night, as we moved to Decatur to enjoy being out and about!
Molly Badgett April 10, 2013 at 04:34 PM
As someone already pointed out to you, Decatur has its own police department, and it was seen as next to godliness during the annexation debates. Now, perhaps those so gung-ho about the City taking over nearby properties can rest assured knowing that, in fact, criminals do not check the city/county borders when they commit crimes. Interesting, too, that the City of Decatur police have not launched some type of initiative to combat this specifically. I wonder what kind of effect this will have on property values in the City if something isn't done to stop this. It really is horrific.
Mariana Kramer April 10, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Where are the police? They should be out on bicycles or walking around the square area to protect us in Decatur. I moved back here because it is such a lovely place to live. I have been to many other cities where there is a police presence. I hardly feel it here. They seem to be more interested in collecting parking tickets than out protecting us, who are using the wonderful amenities of Decatur. I see patrol cars, but that doesn't do any good when the robberies take place in the small areas like the square.
Frank April 10, 2013 at 06:34 PM
This is extremely disturbing and I'm rethinking our plans to buy a house and move to City of Decatur. The response from the Police Department has been disgraceful.
forde April 10, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Re: DeKalb Police: I live near Scottdale, and I follow crime events because it bleeds into other neighborhoods, including ours. It seems recently police have reorganized again as a result of loss of key people. We're starting all over again, and the help was only minimally effective to start with. You are right to focus on the County and its policies--DeKalb Housing Authority wants to add 300 apartment units at Tobie Grant Manor now, in an area saturated with apartments. Stand with us to get higher end, owner-occupied single-family housing instead of more of the same. Email Gannon and Barnes-Sutton, the commisisoners who serve this area, and Burrell Ellis, CEO. The County actions DO affect Decatur's safety.
Joefly78 April 10, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Time to start packing Decatur. These guys need deterrence and its not coming from the police. They'll get a real treat if they run into someone that is carrying. The longer this goes on the more emboldened they'll get and the news will get around that Decatur is easy pickings.
Andrea Zoppo April 10, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Does anyone know if there been any arrests?
sandra-lee phipps April 10, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I want to add to this that last spring in April 2012, I was robbed while sitting outside patio eating dinner at Sushi Avenue- a group of teens descended on the table, pushed my 10 year old son aside and grabbed my purse- took off running with a group in tow from the restaurant and there was not a cop in sight. The teens took turns tripping anyone trying to stop them, split up on the sidewalk and the perp was long gone before myself and the good samaritans that tried to help me were able to find a police car or call one. YES cops on bikes should be patrolling Decatur square. when i asked at the restaurant how often that happened they said never. Really? my son has been deeply traumatized by this as he thought i had been hurt when i took off after the purse. at the end of it all, the restuarant presented me with a bill for dinner and wanted me to leave my daughter's drivers license as collateral as i had no money to pay. it was pretty bad for all of us and we have an aversion to going to decatur square now- all of us. please let people know this happened.
Ralph Ellis April 10, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Andrea, I have obtained the police report. Several juveniles were arrested. Details to come.
Lisa Cohen April 10, 2013 at 08:57 PM
i hear ya Mariana! There's a cop that sits at the end of my street at Scott and tickets while he ignores our actual neighborhood...twice I have stopped on my way out to say that I hoped he watched our houses as much as he watched for speeders given our current rash of break-ins. He said he didn't know of any break-ins! uh..the chief of police knew and we even had a meeting w/ decatur to discuss it. I saw the same cop the other day and asked him again if he was watching our homes...his reply: "you said the same thing a couple of weeks ago"..to which i replied "yes, and we are still getting break-ins". i've been in my home for 20 yrs and in this area for my entire 47 1/2 yrs...i don't pay $600 A MONTH TAXES ON MY HOME to deal with this bull****..to put it mildly.
Andrea Zoppo April 10, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Hi Sandra, Wow! Thank you for sharing this traumatic story! I will not eat at Sushi Ave again. I dont know if this is a naive question but is there a neighborhood watch that patrols? I haven't seen signs for ones. I think security cameras on the patios could be another option. Perhaps the community can rally together and have community watch dog walks around 10pm. Something needs to be done and waiting for more police is a "cop-out". We need to show that we all look out for each other. I am happy and proud to be from Decatur and I am not open to changing my feelings about that. Sandra, sending you good vibes and blessings to the victims and even to those who feel so desperate..
John T. Hoyle April 10, 2013 at 09:19 PM
DAVID, RIGHT ON! I've been saying this for weeks. These THUGS are making DPD look like KEYSTONE COPS and SERIOUSLY damaging Decatur's image. We're way over due for this to stop with multiple arrests.
John T. Hoyle April 10, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Bye bye Decatur, nice knowing you. This keeps up you'll see crowds start to thin, especially at night when the pubs and eateries make good money, stores will begin closing, property values will begin to fall and City tax revenues will turn down. Is this what Decatur wants? Don't let the teen THUGS and the SOUTH DEKALB mentality take over.
Mariana Kramer April 11, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Ralph, Can you show this to the police department? Should we as citizens try to have a meeting with the police? I think there should be a heavy police presence at the mouth of the Marta station, showing these kids that Decatur isn't free pickin's. My son has a restaurant two block away from the area, and I've been quite worried that someone is going to rob them. Panicked, is a better word for it.
Wes Cardell April 11, 2013 at 02:59 AM
When I first moved to Decatur, the police force was proactive in approaching suspicious individuals and cognizant of the fact that crime would hurt the image that Decatur had worked hard to build up in the late 90s and early 2000s. It see,s now that is not the case. Problems like apathy described above starts at the top and spreads like a virus throughout. Maybe it's time for a change in police chief, if not the newly appointed mayor?
Lisa Cohen April 11, 2013 at 09:20 AM
twent years ago, MY shop was on the square (in the spot which is now Collage). i was assaulted one day by a girl who came into my store..i defended myself from her and she ran out. i called the police and no one came. after some time i called to see why no one came and they said a report was already made. Turns out that this girl ran to the police station and made a false report listing ME as a perpetrator...and the police encouraged her to file a WARRANT on ME at Dekalb Co..which she did. It was appalling then and it still is now how they deal with things. Turns out that girl had a history of bizarre behaviors like this and Dekalb Co. would not issue the warrant against me. The Decatur police did NOTHING. They did not make the report I had initiated nor did they correct the one listing me as a perpetrator of a criminal assault in my own store. This was 20 yrs ago. But here's the deal. Is it better in other areas of the metro ATL area? People are getting robbed on the Beltline in broad daylight, Va. Highlands, midtown, Brookhaven, Buckhead...better than Decatur? I heard a HUGE meth bust was just made in Sandy Springs. I'm not sure of the solution, but I still say this is a glitch regarding the crime wave and it could be solved. Perhaps less focus on all these "dangerous" speeders around Decatur and a priority on actually PROTECTING and SERVING the visitors and TAXPAYING RESIDENTS of Decatur?
Mariana Kramer April 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Lisa, I'm horrified at your story. That's just crazy. And I agree with your last paragraph totally. We pay a lot of money to live in this lovely place, but with a lack of proper security. Two years ago I was sitting in the bedroom of our condo and I could see out the window - I was working on my computer and saw someone in a hoodie jiggle the gate to our patio and then run. I called the police (at the time I didn't know you have to call the DECATUR pollice and not merely 911 or you'll get DeKalb - by the time the Decatur police came and asked if I could recognize the perpetrator, I said well of course not - his face was covered by a hoodie and he could be three counties away by now. I don't know what the answer is.
John T. Hoyle April 11, 2013 at 04:48 PM
If I lived in Decatur I couldn't wait till the next election rolls around... as in elect a NEW MAYOR and hire a new CHIEF OF POLICE. Demand communication and results!
Lisa Cohen April 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
i wish I could say that was the only such experience of incompetence I've personally experienced. My store was in that 100 block and when it was hit in a smash and grab before the Olympics (Sunday eve right after thanksgiving 1995) where I lost at least $20K of high end merchandise, a policeman who had been walking the square told me he had felt "watched" that evening. Yet he still left his post just long enough for my shop (next to parker's on ponce/collage's current location) to be hit. And they did NOTHING. nada. i even arrived on the scene before they did. AND I gave them at least 2 leads and they never followed up. do we even know which business was held up the other day??
Ralph Ellis April 11, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Lisa, a customer at an outside restaurant table had her phone stolen. No business was actually robbed.
FM Fats April 11, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Decatur doesn't elect its mayor. The mayor is chosen by the commissioners from among their ranks.
CJM April 21, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Third. Lack of visibility is a huge problem. The City of Decatur is what, about four square miles? Visibility should not be a problem.
CJM April 21, 2013 at 08:49 PM
My thoughts exactly. Someone needs to step up.
CJM April 21, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Commissioners can be replaced too!
Max Zero April 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM
What a bunch of CRAP....why are we talking about stuff that happened 20 YEARS AGO or even 2 years ago. You people are clueless, and non-observant.

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