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THE PENS DISPATCH

From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 4 PENS Police Email Notification System

MONTHLY EDITION - APRIL 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the April edition of THE PENS DISPATCH. This bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 4 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU4) and is designed to keep you aware of safety alerts and crime trends in your area and measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.

We would like to congratulate newly promoted Captain B.M. Kitchens on his rise in the ranks. Captain Kitchens served as the CIU 4 Commander from March 2015 through March 2018. In his new assignment Captain Kitchens will be the Assistant Precinct Commander at the South Cobb precinct (Precinct Two). We wish Captain Kitchens much success in his new assignment.

With the promotion of Captain Kitchens, we welcome a new commander to CIU 4. Please join in welcoming Lieutenant N.A. McCreary to CIU 4. Lieutenant McCreary comes from the uniform bureau where he spent the last two years as the morning watch commander at Precinct Four. He is very familiar with East Cobb as he moved to the area in 1986 as a child and attending Dickerson Middle School and Walton High School. Lieutenant McCreary is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a graduate of Kennesaw State University. Lieutenant McCreary will celebrate 20 years with the Cobb County Police Department in May. He spent most of his time with the department in uniform, including a five-year stint working in media relations. In addition to his normal day-to-day duties, Lieutenant McCreary also serves as a crisis negotiator.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY TOPIC OF THE MONTH

Since March 1, 2018 there have been more than 340 incidents reported of car break-ins. 29 of those incidents have occurred within the precinct boundaries of Precinct Four. The crime of entering auto is defined as:

O.C.G.A. 16-8-18: Entering automobile or other motor vehicle with intent to commit theft or felony

If any person shall enter any automobile or other motor vehicle with the intent to commit a theft or a felony, he shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or, in the discretion of the trial judge, as for a misdemeanor. 

There are two main areas where these entering autos occur. Most occurrences happen at the victim’s residence as the vehicle is parked in a driveway. These cases are usually crimes of opportunity committed by “door flippers.” Basically, a group of criminals enter a subdivision overnight and walk through the neighborhood flipping door handles to see if a vehicle is unlocked. If it is locked, they move on. Of course, if the vehicle is unlocked, the criminals ransack the interior and collect any items of value. These thieves are looking for cash, electronics, credit cards, and guns.

The other location these entering autos are occurring is fitness centers. Criminals are often savvy and know most people don’t like bringing valuables into a gym for fear of having their valuables lost or stolen. Therefore, many leave their valuables in the cab of their vehicles. This is a prime location for thieves to target. A quick smashed window and the criminals have access to purses, wallets, laptops, etc.

Unfortunately, there have been 30 guns stolen from vehicles since March 1st, 2018. Of course, this is of great concern and the citizens of Cobb County can make a difference by simply securing their vehicles and never leaving a gun in a vehicle overnight. Below are other ways to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

  • Never leave items in plain view
  • Take your valuables and weapons inside and avoid leaving them in a vehicle overnight
  • Secure your vehicle when unoccupied at all times, even in the garage
  • Place valuables in the trunk when out running errands or attending a fitness center

 

STAY UP TO DATE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION

Cobb Department of Public Safety staff is working to enhance the delivery of near real-time information to residents about incidents that may have significant and/or imminent impacts on their safety or welfare. DPS has implemented the SwiftReach Swift911 notification system to distribute these types of alerts.

SwiftReach is a high-speed emergency notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations including severe weather, missing and endangered persons or significant road closures due to fatality accidents or other unplanned incidents in the local area. The program has the capability of delivering pre-recorded messages to the entire county via telephone, cell phone, email and text messaging. The system uses a publicly-available list of phone numbers that can be removed or updated by both residents and businesses.

There are two simple options to opt-in and provide contact information for this service. A sign up portal is available on the Police, Fire, EMA and Public Safety pages on the Cobb County website. Residents can also get the Swift911 Mobile App by texting the word “Swift911” to “99538.” The response text will be a link for the Swift 911 app in the app store. SwiftReach is another example of using current technology to ensure residents receive vital information from the Department of Public Safety. For more information, visit the Department of Public Safety page at www.cobbcounty.org and click on the SwiftReach icon.

 

COFFEE WITH YOUR COPS

There are several upcoming events where citizens can connect with the officers and detectives that serve their community. Below are the dates for Coffee with your Cops events. We hope to see you there!

05-01-18 6:00 PM Chick-fil-A 2105 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
05-03-18 6:00 PM Highland Park S/D Clubhouse 3903 Upland Way, Marietta, GA 30066
05-30-18 8:00 AM Chick-fil-A 2530 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA 30066

 

Precinct 4’s Community Engagement Officer is Nathalie Jegg.  If you are having an HOA meeting, wish to start a Neighborhood Watch or have any community related questions, please contact Officer Jegg at Nathalie.jegg@cobbcounty.org, or call the precinct at (770) 499-4184.

 

Everyone can sign up for PENS alerts and monthly bulletins.

Send an email to our administrative specialist, Teresa Hayes, to request to be a PENS Representative. Teresa.Hayes@cobbcounty.org

PENS is now working in coordination with Nextdoor.com to reach out to more of the East Cobb Community. You will receive our monthly bulletins and other immediate crime trends with the direct communication between us and your neighborhoods.  Sign up at Nextdoor.com

 

FEATURED INCIDENTS

We have seen an increase in entering autos across the Precinct Four area. Many of these occurrences are happening in sub-divisions and apartments. If you see anything suspicious, especially during the times of 2-5 am, please call police immediately. 

Detective Slatton and Officer Little

On March 22, 2018 a male suspect entered the Kroger at 4880 Lower Roswell Rd while it was closed and proceeded to take multiple cartons of cigarettes before fleeing the scene. Further digging into the surrounding areas yielded 9 total cases at different Kroger locations in different jurisdictions where a total of $19,935 in cigarettes were stolen during closed business hours from the Kroger’s. BOLO’s were completed with a precise profile of the suspect and on April 10, 2018, Precinct 4 Morning Watch Officer Little performed a zone patrol of the Kroger at 3162 Johnson Ferry Rd at 03:45 hours. Dwayne Mathews, who was wearing some of the same clothing items in previous incidents, was caught prior to performing a 10th burglary of the Kroger business. An arrest warrant was issued for all surrounding jurisdictions’ charges as well as Cobb County’s.

Detectives Penirelli and Hubauer

On February 1, 2018 a female victim’s wallet was stolen from her shopping cart at the 4750 Alabama Road Publix. Surveillance video showed two females and a male suspect involved in a “distraction style” theft in which the victim is approached by one or more of the suspects while a third suspect discreetly steals the victim’s wallet from their open purse. The suspects then proceeded to commit several acts of Fraud with the victim’s stolen credit cards. CIU 4 Detectives Penirelli and Hubauer realized that they were both investigating the same group of suspects for similar incidents, so a BOLO was submitted to a nation-wide law enforcement intelligence sharing group. A Cary, North Carolina Detective was able to identify the male suspect, as he had been recently arrested in Cary, NC for a similar crime. The male suspect admitted his role in the crimes, leading to Detective Penirelli charging the suspect with one count of Theft by Taking and four counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud in Cobb County. The suspect currently has active warrants for his arrest in 5 other states for “distraction style” thefts.

 

Thanks for your participation.

Remain Safe and Vigilant!

Lieutenant McCreary
Sergeant Thorp
Sergeant Gasque