Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy would ride around town in a decommissioned patrol car and serve as "the eyes and ears of the community." They wouldn't carry weapons or have arrest powers.
Avondale Estates may try to reduce crime with a "mobile neighborhood watch." The city commission will talk about Citizen Patrols during a work session that starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in city hall. A memo to the commission says, "The program is entirely non-confrontational, having members contact 911 and report their observations." Though the commission hasn't decided whether to authorize the idea, a 10-page policy and procedure manual has already been compiled. (You can read it by going to the City of Avondale Estates web page and clicking on the "agenda items" link for the May 15 meeting, found in the meetings/agenda/audios/minutes section.) The manual says Citizen Patrol members would be volunteers who graduate from the Citizens …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The scammers approach you at home and ask about tree work or utility work and say they need to see your backyard. Meanwhile...
Avondale Estates police are warning residents this week about a scam being pulled in the area. From an alert sent out to residents this week: What other scams have you heard about or witnessed? Tell us in the comments section below.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
You can safely dispose of old and unneeded prescription drugs with the Decatur and Avondale Estates police departments.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Decatur and Avondale Estates police departments will accept unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 27.
The Decatur and Avondale Estates police departments are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an event where citizens can turn in unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Residents of the Decatur and Avondale Estates area can take old prescription drugs to these locations. In the past four Take-Back events, law enforcement agencies across the United States removed more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications from circulation.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Police said the vehicle was parked at a residence on Majestic Circle when the break-in occurred Monday night.
The City of Avondale Estates emailed this information about an auto break-in. On 04-01-13, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Avondale Estates Police Department units were dispatched to a residence located on Majestic Circle (3000 Block) in reference to an Entering Auto call. Upon arrival and initial investigation, it was noted that unknown person(s) had unlawfully entered the victim's vehicle and removed a number of electronic devices. The theft was reported to have occurred during the period of 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. while the vehicle was parked in the driveway. A check of the immediate area revealed that there were no reported witnesses or suspects observed. Anyone having possible information related to the incident is requested to contact …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The woman told officers two men robbed her Jan. 9 in the parking lot of the Juvenile Justice Center.
Avondale Estates police have determined a woman's report of an armed robbery is unfounded. She told police that two males, one with a pistol, robbed her early in the morning of Jan. 9 while she walked through the Juvenile Justice Center parking lot at 3408 Covington Highway. She said she was heading to the Kensington Marta Station to get to work. Avondale Estates Police Investigator Tom Gillis said he interviewed the woman three times, talked to DeKalb County and Marta police who also came to the supposed crime scene and looked at video from the Juvenile Justice Center. "The subject was given an opportunity to take a GBI polygraph test and let's say it came out less than favorable," Gillis said. Eventually, "she made the decision that she …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Police said the vehicle was taken from a residence in the 100 block of Dartmouth Avenue.
A 2007 Ford Expedition was reported stolen Tuesday morning from a house in the 100 block of Dartmouth Avenue in Avondale Estates, the police department reported. The car was taken between 7 p.m. Monday and 7:15 a.m. Tuesday from the driveway. There were no signs of forcible entry. The vehicle is gray with this license tag: GA AWE4990. Anybody who sees the vehicle should contact 911. Anybody with information should contact investigator Tom Gillis at 404-391-4526.
Friday, March 8, 2013
A flat-screen television was stolen from a house Friday in the 3200 block of Wiltshire Drive.
Avondale Estates police reported that a home in the 3200 Block of Wiltshire Drive was broken into Friday. The burglars broke a rear sliding glass door and took a flat screen television. The residents were out of the house. Anybody with information should contact Det. tom Gillis at 404-294-5400 ext. 211.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Other crimes reported: A bike was stolen and a man says a visitor took an iPad, a wedding ring and other objects.
Avondale Estates police reported that a residence in the 100 block of Wiltshire Drive was burglarized Friday. The police said somebody pried open a rear door between 7 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. A flat-screen television, a Blu Ray player and a laptop were listed as missing. Avondale Estates police are also investigating these crimes:
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The man shot to death by the officer was Jayvis L. Benjamin, 20.
Avondale Estates police have released a little more information about the Jan. 18 police shooting that left a man dead. The man has been identified as Jayvis L. Benjamin, 20, of Line Street, Decatur, police said. While the shooting is investigated by the GBI and the DeKalb District Attorney's office, the officer has been taken off patrol. The 10-year veteran in the department is handling administrative duties in the office, police said. Police said the officer saw Benjamin run a red light at a high rate of speed at Covington Highway and Kensington Road about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18. The officer pursued and found the car, a 2003 Ford Mustang, a few blocks away in a residential area on Kensington Road where it had crashed, hitting a power pole and…