CRIME REPORT: Bump and rob, two car break-ins, Valentine’s jewelry store burglary, blackmail letter scam

CRIME REPORT: Bump and rob, two car break-ins, Valentine’s jewelry store burglary, blackmail letter scam

A widely-reported “bump and rob” incident as well as two car break-ins and multiple thefts are included on the latest crime report from the Brentwood Police Department.

This report covers crimes for the week preceding Thursday, Feb. 15.

The “bump and rob” took place at around 9:20 p.m. on Monday night, Feb. 12. A car was bumped from behind near the intersection of Granny White Pike and Belle Rive Drive. The driver got out of the car to check for damage and was robbed at gunpoint. Her purse was taken.

Brentwood police gave drivers several pieces of advice for avoiding such situations:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Many times suspects will follow a vehicle for a while before making a move.
  • If you are uneasy, activate your hazard lights and continue driving to a populated and well-lit area. Call police and motion to the other driver that you are moving.
  • Evaluate the actions of the other driver before exiting your vehicle. If you see something suspicious pull away and call police.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up. Tell the other driver you have notified police and wait for them to arrive before exiting.
  • If you find yourself in this situation cooperate with the suspect. Property can be replaced.

The “bump and rob” suspects are described as teenaged, black males, approximately 5-feet-four-inches to 5-feet-6-inches in height. They reportedly had thin builds and were driving a dark-colored sedan.

In addition to the “bump and rob” there were three car burglaries during the period covered in this recent crime report.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, tools were stolen from an unlocked car in the Home Depot parking lot on Moores Lane. The incident took place between about 9 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. Police have no suspects.

The next day, Sunday, Feb. 11, a car was broken into at the Civitan Ball Park at 8013 Concord Road between about 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. A car window was smashed and a tote bag was taken. Police have no suspects.

A little later that same day, a car was broken into in the parking lot of the Maryland Farms YMCA at 5101 Maryland Way. Like the previous case, a window was broken to gain access. A briefcase was stolen from the car. There are no suspects in this case.

Another crime on the report targeted a local jewelry store early on Valentine’s Day morning. Just after 4 a.m. on Feb. 14, the Brentwood Police Department responded to a burglar alarm at Genesis Diamonds at 1731 Mallory Lane.

Police found the front door to the store shattered. According to the report, nothing was stolen from the store and, in fact, the suspect never actually even entered the store.

The suspect was caught on a surveillance video and is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall and thin. He was reportedly wearing a black hoodie and dark pants and was driving a dark-colored sedan.

Three other thefts are also included in this latest report.

The first involved prescription medication stolen from Somerfeld Health Center on Heritage Way. The report states that this crime took place between the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 31 and the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 3. A nursing employee is listed as a suspect on the report.

Between Sunday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 9, jewelry was reportedly stolen from the master bedroom of a home on the 6200 block of Partridge Court. There was no forced entry to the home, and police have no suspects.

An incident of shoplifting took place on Tuesday evening, Feb. 13 at the Best Buy on Galleria Boulevard. Multiple electronics were stolen from the store. A suspect was arrested.

Finally, although it did not appear on the crime report, Brentwood police warned last week of a scam that targeted at least one local resident.

On Friday, Feb. 16 a resident shared a blackmail-like letter they had received with the police. The author of the letter claimed to be aware of various “misdeeds” committed by the recipient.

The letter went on to state that if the recipient paid the author an $8,450 “confidentiality fee,” than the author would keep these “misdeeds” secret.

If the fee was not paid, the author threatened to notify the recipient’s wife of the purported wrongdoing.

“If you receive such a message, DO NOT pay any money or transfer any funds – that is what the criminal hopes you will do,” Brentwood police posted on Facebook about the letter.

Police also warned citizens of various other scams known to take place in the area, including the “jury duty scam” and the “bail money” scam.

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