11-22-2013 Crime of the Week 1536 (J. Coomer Homicide)
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, a woman living on Ennismore Court was awakened by a noise outside her bedroom. When she got up to investigate, she found her 36-year-old son, Joshua Coomer, suffering from a gunshot wound. She performed CPR until police and rescue units arrived. Despite efforts to revive him, Joshua Coomer succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives are asking the public to come forward with any additional information that might be of value to this investigation.
11-15-2013 Crime of the Week 1535 (Distraction theft/Exxon)
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the owner of the Exxon at 15740 Woods Edge Road noticed that more than $5,000 was missing from a bank bag at the business. A review of the store's surveillance video revealed that an unknown man had entered the office just before 1 p.m. and taken the cash. The video also indicates that three female suspects distracted store employees while the male suspect stole the money.
The first suspect is described as a black male, about 40-50 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds. He had short black hair, a mustache, a full beard and a slight overbite. He was wearing a pink dress shirt, tan dress pants and a black leather jacket.
The remaining suspects were described as black females. One woman was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build; she was wearing a white shirt, white Capri pants and a brown jacket. The second woman was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build; she was wearing a dark colored dress. The third woman was wearing a white hat, black Capri pants and a T-shirt.
On Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at about 11:40 p.m, officers were called for shots being fired in the area in the 3900 block of Bridget Court. While checking the area, officers found James Patrick Mosley in the parking lot of his townhouse. Mosley had been shot several times. Officers and rescue personnel attempted to resuscitate Mosley, but were unsuccessful. Witnesses described seeing a black male wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt in the area at the time of the shooting. A dark-colored vehicle was also seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed shortly after the shooting.
If you have any information that could help solve this homicide, please call, click or text your tip through our program. We will get it to the right folks in the police department, and if your tip helps, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Family members of James Patrick Mosley are offering an additional reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for his homicide.
Around 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, a man was walking around Appliance Connection at 7111 Hull Street Road. He spoke to an employee about buying a refrigerator and convinced the sales person to go to a back storeroom. As they walked away from the main sales area, the suspect choked the employee and threatened to shoot him. The suspect grabbed cash from the victim's pocket and ran away toward the 360 West Shopping Center.
The suspect is a black male, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build. He wore black shorts with a gray T-shirt and black baseball cap, and had a full beard on his face.
Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at Land Rover of Richmond, 11670 Midlothian Turnpike, during the overnight hours from Wednesday, Sept. 25, to Thursday, Sept. 26. The thieves shattered a window and entered the business. Various items, including cash, several license plates and three vehicles, were stolen.
The stolen vehicles were described as: a light silver/blue 2013 Land Rover Range Rover; a dark blue 2013 Land Rover Range Rover; and a red 2012 Land Rover. The stolen Virginia license plates include: WNT-1018, WNT-1019, WNT-1020, WNT-1021, and WNT-1022.
A home-invasion robbery is being highlighted as this week's unsolved crime in Chesterfield, and the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program is offering YOU its resources if you can help.
Just before 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22, a family was asleep in their home on Harvette Drive in Chesterfield. The husband and wife were awakened by three black males who had come into their bedroom with masks on and guns drawn. One of the suspects demanded cash from the man, and then proceeded to search the house for more money. As they searched, the man escaped through a glass door and was able to contact police. The suspects were gone before police arrived. The man was injured during the incident, but his wife and 2-year-old daughter were not.
All three suspects were dark-complexioned black males wearing dark clothing, masks and gloves. Two of the robbers had handguns. Neighbors in the area said they saw a white van in the area just prior to the home invasion. Detectives believe the house was specifically targeted by the robbers, and that it was not a random act.
Chesterfield Police Department detectives are investigating a series of armed robberies and they are asking for help from Crime Solvers. Crime Solvers needs YOUR help.
Since Monday, Sept. 23, multiple robberies have been reported in the area of the Squire Hill and Belmont Hill apartment complexes. The robberies occurred between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and several of the victims were approached as they were exiting their cars in the parking lots. All of the victims have been Hispanic.
The suspects are thin black males between the ages of 20 and 25. One was described as having an acne- or pock-marked complexion. One of the suspects was riding an adult-sized bike described as being low to the ground. A silver revolver was displayed in each robbery. (if you right-click the map to the left and save it to your computer, the entire map should be visible. Sorry for the "glitch").
A fraud-by-intimidation case is being highlighted this week, and Crime Solvers needs YOUR help to solve the case.
Just after midnight on Friday, July 26, a woman was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the Wawa at 7500 Midlothian Turnpike waiting on a cell phone call from a friend. As she waited, she was approached by three black males and a black female who struck up a conversation. They agreed to go to Breakers, located at 101 Wadsworth Drive. While at Breakers, one of the male subjects (the one pictured to the left in the white hat) and the female subject asked the victim if she would be willing to help them cash a check by depositing it into her account and pulling cash from her account through an ATM. She was reluctant, but when the male and female became aggressive in their request, the victim complied and they eventually parted ways. She called the police, and the investigating officer learned that the check she was asked to deposit and cash had been stolen.
The male who was in possession of the check was short in stature, and was wearing a blue, short-sleeved shirt, long khaki shorts and a white, wide-brim hat. He identified himself as E.J. or C.J.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, an elderly woman was shopping at the Marshall's Department Store at 1142 Temple Avenue (in Colonial Heights). While shopping, she was approached by a female who began talking to her about purses. While this conversation was going on, a second female reached into the victim's handbag and removed her wallet.
The two suspects then proceeded to charge thousands of dollars worth of merchandise to her credit cards. Two of the purchases occurred at the Macy's and Best Buy stores in Colonial Heights.
Surveillance cameras captured images of both suspects. They were black females. One was wearing an orange blouse and tan capri pants. The second was wearing a white blouse and black capri pants.
Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve a hair-raising burglary.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, at about , police responded to an alarm call at Beauty World, 10440 Midlothian Turnpike. Officers found the front door shattered, and the investigation revealed that multiple hair extensions worth about $4,000 were stolen from the business.
Security cameras at the store captured images of two suspects. The first suspect is a black female, who was wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt, a pink scarf around her neck and a ball cap. The second suspect is a possibly heavyset male, who was wearing a dark, hooded jacket, pants and shoes.
08-30-2013 Crime of the Week 1524 (Stolen Eyeglass Frames)
On July 14, a black male pushing a stroller and in the company of two elementary-aged children entered LensCrafters in ChesterfieldTowneCenter. Clerks at the store observed the man move trays of eyeglass frames from one side of the store to the next, and when the trays returned to their original locations they were empty. He managed to get away with 26 high-end frames, including RayBan, Tiffany, Prada, Polo, Vogue and Burberry frames.
As officers were investigating that theft, they discovered that the same male suspect was involved with a similar theft from Pearle Vision Express in the same mall. From Pearle Vision Express, the thief took four Prada frames; he was again with the small children.
Sadly, the store management of LensCrafters recognized the children, and said that earlier in the year they were with a female who also stole frames from their store.
08-23-2013 Crime of the Week 1523 (Vehicles Broken Into at Fitness Clubs)
Cars were broken into while parked at fitness clubs in Chesterfield, and the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve the cases.
Between and on Wednesday, July 10, several cars were broken into at the Midlothian Athletic Club, 10800 Center View Drive, and the Woodlake Aquatic Fitness Club, 14710 Village Square Place. In each case, purses were left in the vehicles in plain sight. Stolen debit cards, credit cards and checks were used, and the total monetary loss was substantial.
Security footage from the Gas Mart at 11201 Patrick Henry Highway in AmeliaCounty revealed a black female suspect, 20-29 years of age. She wore a pink hooded sweatshirt and blue shorts, and she was seen in a black, two-door Nissan sedan.
08-16-2013 Crime of the Week 1522 (Credit Fraud/Michigan Victim)
Early in June 2013, a woman from Rochester Hills, Mich., was contacted by the fraud department of Kohl's. They noticed some unusual activity on her account, and asked if she had made purchases from one of their stores in Chesterfield. She had not. Apparently, a female suspect used the victim's Social Security number to access her credit account and made two separate purchases at the Kohl's at 11331 Midlothian Turnpike. Upon further investigation, it was learned that additional fraudulent purchases were made from the Old Navy in ChesterfieldTowneCenter and at the Best Buy in Colonial Heights. In total, the victim had more than $2,000 in charges made to her accounts.
Security footage from Kohl's revealed a white female suspect in her 50s or 60s, with long brown and gray hair and the same light-colored eyebrows.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve two residential break-ins that occurred in the same subdivision.
On Tuesday, April 16, a home in the 3300 block of Greenham Drive was illegally entered through its back door. The thieves rummaged through the entire house, taking numerous electronic devices and pieces of jewelry. Among the items taken were two iPad minis and two Rolex watches.
Then, between Friday, July 5, and Sunday, July 7, someone broke into another house in the same block of Greenham Drive. Jewelry was also taken from that home, but, unfortunately, so were three long guns (two shotguns and one rifle).
The loss in each case was substantial. It is not clear whether the two cases were committed by the same suspects, but detectives continue to look into all clues and still need the public's help to identify the suspects.
On Sunday, June 30, a boyfriend and girlfriend who were staying with a friend in HenricoCounty sought transportation to run errands in ChesterfieldCounty. At the Subway Restaurant on Azalea Avenue, they met a man who identified himself as Novelle and agreed to help them with transportation. After a couple of stops along the way, they ended up at the Sheetz at 20 S. Providence Road. While the boyfriend went inside the store, the man drove away with the girlfriend in the car and said they would meet up with the boyfriend at a different location. The female knew something was wrong and asked to be let out of the car, but the suspect grabbed her to prevent her from leaving. He even engaged a child lock so she could not open the car door. Eventually, she reached over, hit the unlock button and escaped while at the 7-Eleven on Turner Road near Midlothian Turnpike.
The suspect is a black male, 30-35 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall and 280 pounds. He wore a white T-shirt, black and white gym shorts, white ankle socks and black open-toe sandals. He was driving a silver Nissan SUV, which may have been a rental vehicle.
26 July 2013 (Crime of the Week 1519 - Horse shooting)
Late in the evening on Saturday, June 29, the residents of a home in the 11900 block of Winterpock Road heard a pop sound. The next morning, they discovered their gelding horse, Legend, had been shot once in the chest and died as a result of the injury. Evidence suggests that Legend walked to and around the shed after being shot, possibly having been shot while near the fence adjacent to the road.
The case has already received a great deal of media attention, but investigating officers are still looking for leads to help them resolve the case. In addition to the reward money being offered through Crime Solvers, Legend's owners are offering an additional reward for information leading to the solution of this case.
19 July 2013 (Crime of the Week 1518 - Circle K Robbery)
These two men robbed the Circle K at 2708 Buford Road.
At about on Tuesday, July 2, they entered the store and approached the counter. One suspect displayed a handgun, and the other ordered the clerk to open the register. One suspect took cash from the register, and both suspects fled the scene.
Both suspects were black males. The first is described as being about 5 feet 8 inches tall with short, black hair. He was wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a white T-shirt and a black Karl Kani jacket. The second suspect is described as being about 5 feet 3 inches tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a black ball cap with gray trim.
12 July 2013 (Crime of the Week 1517 - Construction site vandalism/Weir Place)
Carr Contracting Company was hired to work on a project behind the Lowe's HomeImprovementCenter on Weir Place. Between Monday, June 24, and Wednesday, June 26, someone entered the lot and vandalized five pieces of the company’s heavy equipment. Rocks were used to smash the glass out of the machines, and damage costs were estimated to be more than $7,000.
Someone is likely talking about this crime, and Crime Solvers is ready to listen.
5 July 2013 (Crime of the Week 1516 - Unlawful Filming)
On Thursday, April 25, a woman and her grandchildren were shopping at ChesterfieldTowneCenter in ChesterfieldCounty. As they walked into one of the stores, they were followed by a young black male. The store's manager could see the young man's phone, and could tell that the suspect was either taking pictures of or filming one of the granddaughters. The manager saw the suspect bend down and hold the camera in such a position as to capture images up the girl's skirt. The manager yelled at the young man to stop and the suspect fled the store.
The suspect was a black male in his late teens or early 20s. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, baggy black shorts and a dark-colored ball cap with a star on it.
28 June 2013 (Crime of the Week 1515 - Shoplifting & Identity Theft)
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Chesterfield County Police Department was called to the Target on Commonwealth Center Parkway to assist with a shoplifting case. Three suspects, one male and two females, had been caught stealing a wide variety of items. Each provided identification to the officer, who arrested each on a summons and released them.
The male suspect was the only one who appeared in court. As a result, two fail-to-appear capiases were issued for the two females. Officers found and arrested a person whose identity matched the information on one of the capiases, but it was determined that the woman brought to court was the victim of identity fraud, as one of the female shoplifters used the victim's identity instead of her own. It is unknown whether the second female provided accurate information.
*UPDATE* BOTH suspects have now been captured!
21 June 2013 (Crime of the Week 1514 - iPad theft)
Around on Thursday, May 16, a woman was shopping at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the WestchesterCommonsShopping Center. As she was checking out, she took her purple iPad out of her purse to get to her wallet. Unfortunately, she placed a sales ad on top of the iPad, and, because it was covered, she walked out of the store without it. Soon after, she realized what she had done and went back into the store to find it, but it was nowhere to be found.
Surveillance footage later revealed that a different woman (pictured to the left) used the cart the victim was using. She walked around the store, then left without purchasing anything and walked out with the iPad.
14 June 2013 (Crime of the Week 1513 - Indecent Exposure Case)
Around on Sunday, May 19, a woman was in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at Turner Road and Midlothian Turnpike when she was approached by a thin white male driving a red vehicle. The man asked her if she needed a ride, and she ignored the man and continued walking on her way. Approximately 15 minutes later, the same man stopped beside her on Cloverleaf Drive near Turner Road, and again asked her if she wanted a ride. She noticed that the man was exposing himself to her, so she screamed and he drove away.
The suspect was a white male. He appeared to be in his 40s, and had a thin build, close-cut, light-colored hair and small-framed eyeglasses. He wore a dark shirt with light-khaki pants. Surveillance cameras at the 7-Eleven revealed that the car he was driving was a red Ford Mustang with a tan convertible top.
7 June 2013 (Crime of the Week 1512 - Vehicle Break-in/Gold's Gym)
A purse was stolen from a parked car, a credit card was used, and the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve the case.
Between and on Tuesday, May 7, a woman parked her car in the lot of Gold's Gym, 9101 Midlothian Turnpike. Her car was locked, but a thief spotted her purse inside and broke one of the car's windows to get to it. The victim did call to cancel all her debit and credit cards, but not before one of the credit cards was used to purchase cartons of Newport cigarettes at various businesses off of Forest Hill Avenue.
The suspect who used the stolen card appeared to be an older black male with a grey goatee or beard.
31 May 2013 (Crime of the Week 1511 - Henricus Park Theft)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program has helped resolve some unusual cases during the course of its history, and this one, if solved, would certainly become one of them.
Some time between on Tuesday, April 30, and on Thursday, May 2, someone entered HenricusHistoricalPark while it was closed and stole items from an area known as the IndianVillage. What made the theft so unusual was that among the items stolen were approximately 20 animal pelts. The cost to the park was substantial.
17 May 2013 (Crime of the Week 1510 - Midlothian High School Site Thefts)
Two larcenies and one commercial burglary were recently reported at the construction site at MidlothianHigh School, 401 Charter Colony Parkway. The first incident occurred on Friday, April 19, and involved the theft of copper. In the second incident, on Friday, May 3, a white crew-cab pickup truck with chrome, tubular running boards towed away a Miller Bobcat welding machine and numerous tools. The third incident occurred on Monday, May 13, and involved the theft of copper from the site. In this third case, the suspect was driving a dark-colored pickup truck. Combined, the three incidents have been very costly, and investigators need your help to catch the suspects involved.
17 May 2013 (Crime of the Week 1509 - Vandalism at Express Wash)
At approximately on Friday, May 10, a man was attempting to use a wash bay at the Express Wash, 9710 Jefferson Davis Highway. He tried several times to make the system work, but was not successful. He pulled to the side and made additional attempts to start the wash to no avail. Apparently frustrated, he pulled something out of the back of his truck and struck the car wash control box several times. After causing extensive damage to the box, the man drove off.
The suspect was a white male. He wore blue jeans, a white T-shirt and a black ball cap. He was driving a Ford F-150 king-cab pickup, red or maroon in color.
10 May 2013 (Crime of the Week 1508 - B/E to Tienda Joana)
A local business was broken into, and the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve the case.
At approximately on Thursday, March 14, a large rock was thrown at the glass entrance to Tienda Joana in MeadowbrookPlaza. Two subjects wearing dark clothing entered the store and grabbed numerous cartons of cigarettes and thin cigars from inside. Unfortunately, they also stole a Mossberg 12-guage shotgun.
3 May 2013 (Crime of the Week 1507 - Home Break-In)
At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, a car pulled into a cul-de-sac in the Cascade Creek Subdivision of Chesterfield County. Two men got out and walked around the victim's house to the back deck. One of the male suspects removed the screen from a window, slid the window open and went into the home. The alarm went off, but the suspect who entered continued into the home. He stole a nickel-plated Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun and cash.
The victim had installed a security system, which captured the entire incident on video. Both suspects were black males between 18-25 years of age. One wore a black skull cap and a white T-shirt. The second wore a red hat and a white T-shirt. They arrived and left in a white, four-door sedan.
26 April 2013 (Crime of the Week 1506 - Strong Arm Robbery/Kroger)
On Friday, April 5, at about 5:15 p.m., a woman was loading her child into her car in the parking lot of Kroger, 7000 Tim Price Way. As she was doing so she felt a push from behind and her purse was ripped from her shoulder. She turned and saw a young black male running west toward the nearby Firestone.
The suspect was a black male, 18-29 years old and approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had a muscular build and wore a grey sweatshirt with a red polo-style shirt underneath. The suspect's sweatshirt and the victim's purse, less the victim's credit cards, were later recovered. Surveillance cameras at a Family Dollar in Richmond captured images of a black male using the victim's stolen credit card.
19 April 2013 (Crime of the Week 1505 - Theft of a Floor Buffer)
On Saturday, Feb. 2, at about , two white males entered the Martin's at 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway and said they were there to service a floor buffer. A few minutes later, one of the men pushed the silver industrial propane floor buffer out of the store's front door.
The first man, who was wearing a blue and gray jacket, jeans and a brown belt, appeared to be 35 to 50 years old. The second man, who appeared to be 45 to 65 years old, was wearing a green jacket, cream khaki pants and a black knit cap.
12 April 2013 (Crime of the Week 1504 - Theft from Theatre and Fraud)
On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, a woman and her daughter went to Westchester Regal Cinema to watch a movie at approximately During the movie, the victim set her purse in the seat beside her. As she stood up to leave, the victim noticed that her wallet was sitting on top of her purse. She checked, and discovered that her credit cards had been taken.
The subsequent investigation revealed that a black female used two of the victim's stolen cards at a Best Buy and Target, both within Chesterfield. She appeared to be in her 40s, heavyset, and had a medium complexion. Detectives believe this female suspect was involved in other similar cases.
5 April 2013 (Crime of the Week 1503 - 7-Eleven Robbery)
On Friday, March 22, around , a man entered the 7-Eleven at 100 E. Hundred Road wearing a black ski mask, dark gloves, a black sweatshirt with a white shirt underneath and black pants. He pointed a gun at the clerk and ordered the clerk to give him money from the register. The clerk turned over the money as ordered. The robber, along with a second male, ran from the area toward the woods behind the store.
The gunman was approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build. A second suspect, who acted as a lookout, was approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He wore light-colored denim jeans, a black/white stripped shirt, light-colored gloves and a black mask.
29 March 2013 (Crime of the Week 1502 - NSOTV)
Crime Solvers program wants to solve cases that are highlighted on the "Not Seen on TV" page.
In one such case, (pictured top-right) a white female suspect was involved in two separate shoplifting incidents at the Kohl's department store at 11331 Midlothian Turnpike. The suspect put multiple items into a bag she was carrying and left the store in a two-door vehicle with Indiana license plates.
You can see her pictures and pictures of the car she was seen in on the "Not Seen on TV" page. Simply click on the picture montage to the left. Also on this page, you will see many good-quality photos of other suspects who have yet to be identified by police. As the quality of surveillance cameras increases, the opportunities to resolve cases increase, as well.
**UPDATE** The woman in the center of this montage, wearing the black T-shirt, has been identified!
15 March 2013 (Crime of the Week 1500 - Robbery at Walgreens)
Just before on Thursday, Jan. 3, a man entered the Walgreens at 6851 Temie Lee Parkway (in the 14000 block of Hull Street Road). The man handed the pharmacist a note demanding Oxycontin and indicating he was armed. The pharmacist complied with the order, and the robber fled toward the nearby Wawa.
The suspect is a white male, 25-35 years old. He wore a brown hooded sweatshirt, a red ball cap and a mask over his face.
8 March 2013 (Crime of the Week 1499 - iPad Fraud)
At approximately on Monday, Jan. 28, a woman was pumping gas at the Wawa at 7500 Midlothian Turnpike. She was approached by a man who said he had an Apple iPad for sale, and was looking to sell it cheap because times were hard. She gave the man $100, and he handed her a FedEx box and left in a white Nissan four-door. When the victim got home, she discovered that she had been sold a piece of glass wrapped in duct tape.
The suspect was a stocky black male, approximately 30 years old. He was clean shaven and called himself Mike. He left in a white Nissan four-door that had a black spot where the front license plate would normally be.
22 Feb. 2013 (Crime of the Week 1497 - Two Robberies, One Suspect)
On Monday, Feb. 4, at about , a man walked into Marketplace 105, 7933 Jeff Davis Highway, wearing a mask over the lower part of his face and holding a dark-colored revolver. He went behind the counter, forced the clerk to open the register, took the cash and ran from the store.
Then, at approximately the same evening, the same man robbed Tobacco Hut, 11968 IronBridgePlaza.
The suspect was a white male, 30-35 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. He had light hair and eyebrows and grey/blue eyes. He was wearing a dark coat, light pants and a dark ball cap.
15 Feb. 2013 (Crime of the Week 1496 - Stolen Price Guns)
Crime Solvers needs your help to solve a pair of related larcenies.
The first occurred on Monday, Jan. 21, at approximately at the Martin's grocery store at 13700 Hull Street Road. A white male suspect walked into the meat department's back room while it was closed and stole a Motorola pricing gun. The next incident happened on Thursday, Jan. 24, at approximately at the Martin's at 10001 Hull Street Road.
According to Giant Food's Loss Prevention, these pricing guns are being stolen all over the state, and they, like the police departments involved, would like to see the suspect caught and the pricing guns returned.
The suspect was a white male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He had a reddish skin tone and light-colored hair and was wearing a black ball cap, a grey fleece sweatshirt, black pants and black/white athletic shoes.
8 Feb. 2013 (Crime of the Week 1495 - Break-in/Credit Card Fraud)
Between and on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, a man was working out at Riverside Wellness and Fitness, 11621 Robious Road. When he returned to his locker, he noticed the lock had been tampered with and his car keys were missing. He soon discovered that someone had rummaged through his car and taken his wallet. Within a two-hour span, the thief managed to accrue approximately $10,000 in fraudulent charges.
The suspect was a white male, 30-35 years old, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 185 pounds. He had crew-cut black hair, and was wearing a black leather jacket, a light buttoned oxford shirt and tan slacks.
1 Feb. 2013 (Crime of the Week 1494 - Shed and Car Break-ins)
Since Oct. 16, 2012, Chesterfield officers have responded to numerous calls reporting break-ins to sheds and cars in the Chester area. The majority of these break-ins have occurred in the Walthall Creek and South Creek subdivisions and at homes along Woods Edge Road. The items stolen have included lawn care tools, gasoline cans, cell phones and even a laptop computer. Also, a Ruger P3 handgun was stolen from one car on Riggers Station Drive.
11 Jan. 2013 (Crime of the Week 1491 - Coomer Homicide)
Chesterfield County Police detectives need your help to solve a homicide, and the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program wants to offer you its resources if you can help.
At approximately on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, a woman living on Ennismore Court was awakened by a noise outside her bedroom. When she got up to investigate, she found her 36-year-old son, Joshua Coomer, suffering from a gunshot wound. She performed CPR until police and rescue units arrived. Despite efforts to revive him, Joshua Coomer succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives are asking the public to come forward with any additional information that might be of value to this investigation.
Nov. 21, 2012 (COW 1484 - First Community Bank Robbery)
The First Community Bank at 11400 Midlothian Turnpike was robbed on Nov. 13. Around a black male with a sweatshirt hood pulled over his head walked into the bank. He immediately walked to the counter and passed one of the tellers a note demanding money. He was handed an undisclosed amount of cash. He left the bank on foot and headed in an unknown direction.
The suspect was described as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build and a light complexion. He wore a brown, hooded sweatshirt, blue denim jeans and a grey stocking cap.
Nov. 16, 2012 (Crime of the Week 1483 - Stolen Car/Truck Batteries)
Since Oct. 17, batteries were reported stolen from seven school buses parked in various locations throughout the county. Seven of the 11 stolen batteries were taken from buses parked at ManchesterMiddle School, 7401 Hull Street Road. Other locations included the Big Lots at 10161 Hull Street Road and CentralBaptistChurch at 1510 Courthouse Road. The buses are being entered during the day and evening hours, and batteries are being disconnected, not just ripped out.
Detectives working the cases may have received a break when security cameras at Ron Ellis Frame and Front End captured images of two suspects stealing car batteries from six cars parked on their lot. The suspects appeared to be a white male and white female team. They were seen in a white pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet S-10.
UPDATE!! These two suspects have been IDENTIFIED as Joseph Newton, Jr. and Denise Coates. Police are trying to locate them, so if you know their whereabouts, send your tip THROUGH US!
Nov. 9, 2012 (COW 1482 - Three May Robberies)
On Wednesday, May 9, two men robbed the Sprint store at 13106 Midlothian Turnpike. As they pretended to be shopping for phone accessories, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and demanded cash and iPhones.
Then on Saturday, May 12, the same two suspects robbed the Jersey Mike's at 12911 Midlothian Turnpike. After taking the store's cash at gunpoint, they ordered the employees to the back of the store before they left.
On Monday, May 14, they then struck the Zeytin Pizza at 9726 Midlothian Turnpike. While taking money from the register and safe, they ordered, at gunpoint, all the employees into the store's freezer before leaving.
The suspects were both black males who appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s. One was approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He was light complexioned and had tattoos on his forearms. He wore his hair in dreadlocks and had a mustache and goatee. The second was approximately 6 feet, 3 inches tall. He was thin, had short hair and chipped front teeth. During one of the incidents, they were seen in a dark-colored sedan.
Nov. 2, 2012 (COW 1481 - Turner Cleaners Robbery)
Just prior to on Friday, Oct. 12, a man entered the Turner Cleaners at 2301 Turner Road. He asked the clerk about the cost of dry cleaning a suit. As the clerk answered, the suspect leaned closer to the counter, drew out a large hunting knife and demanded money. The clerk complied and the suspect left on foot in an unknown direction.
The suspect was a white male. He appeared to be 60-65 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 175 pounds. His hair and general appearance was described as unkempt. He was wearing a light blue, long-sleeve T-shirt, blue denim jeans, white tennis shoes and sunglasses.
Oct. 26, 2012 (COW 1480 - Theft of Eyeglass Frames)
Between 4 and on Tuesday, October 16, two men claiming to be father and son entered the PearleVisionCenter in ChesterfieldTowneCenter, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike. They indicated that they were shopping for glasses for the mother. After they left the store without making a purchase, the clerk discovered numerous pairs of high-end eyeglass frames missing from their displays. Security video footage showed both subjects pocketing Versace, Tiffany and Prada frames from throughout the store. The monetary loss was significant.
Both were black males. The older male appeared to be 45-50 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing black dress pants and a white oxford shirt with a necktie. The younger appeared to be between 14 and 19 years of age. He also had a thin build and was wearing a black oxford shirt and a necktie.
October 19, 2012 (Crime of the Week 1479 - Hit and Run/Forest Hill Ave. & Buford Rd.)
At about in the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 12, a driver was traveling south on Buford Road. According to the police report, the vehicle faced a green light as it crossed Forest Hill Avenue. A second car made a right turn through a red light from Forest Hill Avenue onto Buford Road directly in front of the first vehicle. The two vehicles collided, sending the first vehicle headlong into a car waiting in a turn lane in the northbound direction on Buford Road. While the airbag in the first vehicle did activate, there were no serious injuries. The vehicles sustained heavy damage.
Normally this would be a basic crash investigation. Unfortunately, the second vehicle left the scene and continued to travel south on Buford Road. The officer investigating the crash said witnesses gave the description of the hit-and-run vehicle as a maroon or red car.
5 October 2012 (Crime of the Week 1477 - Vandalism at Hampton Park Pool)
Between 10 and on Friday, July 13, at least two suspects broke into the HamptonPark pool, 8201 Hampton Green Drive. While inside the facility, the suspects spray painted anarchist and gang-type symbols throughout the pool area. As far as the pool management could tell, no entry was gained to the buildings and nothing was stolen, but the vandalism damage was extensive.
The suspects spray painted the security cameras, hoping to make them useless.
28 Sept. 2012 (Crime of the Week 1476 - Debit Card Fraud/Target)
A man tried to make a purchase using his debit card but the transaction was denied. When he called his bank to find out why, he learned that the account had a hold on it because of suspicious activity. Within a 10-minute period of time, a male suspect had taken this man’s number and used it to purchase three gift cards at the Target in Colonial Heights, 721 Southpark Boulevard. The same suspect later redeemed those cards at a Target in Richmond.
The suspect is a black male in his 20s. He has a stocky build and was wearing a printed white T-shirt, orange or red shorts and a white, low-profile ball cap.
Sept. 7, 2012 (Crime of the Week 1473 - In & Out Store Robbery)
Just before on Saturday, June 30, two armed men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the In & Out Convenience Store at 11936 Centre Street. Each suspect pointed a handgun at customers and store employees and demanded cash from them and the store's safe. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money and ordering everyone to the floor, the suspects left.
Both suspects were black males, about 18-to-20 years old. One was approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 pounds, wearing white Nike shoes with yellow markings, a light grey hooded sweatshirt and a brown mask. The other was approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 185 pounds, wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and a black mask.
Aug. 31, 2012 (Crime of the Week 1472 - Credit Card Fraud)
Between and on Tuesday, July 31, a woman left her purse in her vehicle while parked at the ACACFitnesssCenter, 11621 Robious Road. Later that evening, her stolen credit cards were used to make more than $4,200 in purchases at the Best Buy in Short Pump and the Best Buy on Brook Road. The items purchased included two Cannon EOS cameras.
Around on the same day, a victim left her wallet in her car at the Water Tower Shopping Center on Iron Bridge Road. Cards stolen from that victim were used to purchase approximately $3,000 worth of electronics from the Target at 721 Southpark Boulevard and the Best Buy at 725 Southpark Boulevard. The purchase included a Canon EOS camera and an Apple iPad. An additional $2,200 was spent on the victim's cards at the Best Buy in Midlothian and on a gasoline purchase in Toano, Va., which is located toward Williamsburg.
These cases involved the same two suspects. The first suspect was a dark-complexioned black female in her late teens or early 20s. She had a wide nose and a rounded face with long, straight black hair. The second was a medium complexioned black female in her 20s. She had braces on her teeth and her hair was curly and pulled back into a hat.
Aug. 24, 2012 (COW 1471 - Armed Robbery at Wendy's)
Just prior to on Monday, July 9, employees of the Wendy's restaurant, 6824 Hull Street Road, heard a loud crash and watched as three male suspects entered the restaurant through a shattered front glass window. One of the suspects, wielding what appeared to be a semi-automatic rifle, charged at the employees, demanded that they lay on the floor and eventually ordered the manager to open the safe. Once the robbers were given money, they fled through the same broken window. They were seen getting into a dark-colored sedan parked on Dyer Lane and eventually driving onto Goodes Bridge Road.
July 13, 2012 (COW 1465 - Wallet Theft/Walmart)
Around on Sunday, May 6, a woman was shopping at Walmart, 12200 ChattanoogaPlaza. After loading her groceries into her car, she left her wallet in the shopping cart at the cart return and started to drive away. Before leaving the lot, she realized her wallet was missing, but by the time she got back to the cart, the wallet was gone. A large amount of cash that was inside the wallet was also gone.
There were two suspects revealed in the surveillance footage. The male suspect appeared to be in his 40s. He was wearing a white ball cap with a white, light-weight jacket. He was riding one of the store's electric carts. The female suspect was in her late 30s, heavyset and wearing a blue T-shirt with a graphic printed on the front. They drove away in a burgundy-colored sedan.
July 6, 2012 (COW 1464 - Macy's Shoplifting, Colonial Heights)
Around on Monday, April 2, two white males appeared to be shopping for clothes in the men's section of Macy's, Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights. Both suspects brought clothes into the dressing room, removed tags and concealed the merchandise underneath the clothes they were wearing. They walked out with hundreds of dollars worth of stolen clothes. They left the lot in a dark SUV.
Both suspects appeared to be in their 20s and both had thinly-trimmed beards. One was wearing a light green bowling-style shirt with another black shirt underneath, plaid shorts, black athletic shoes and a black Los Angeles Dodgers ball cap. The second wore a black T-shirt, long denim shorts, white athletic shoes and a black Chicago Bulls ball cap.
June 29, 2012 (COW 1463 - Attempt Robbery at CVS)
At about on Saturday, Feb. 18, a black male entered the CVS at 8121 Midlothian Turnpike and went to the pharmacy. The man passed a threatening note to the pharmacist demanding a variety of prescription medications. He passed the note with his left hand, keeping his right in his sweatshirt pocket. The pharmacist gave the note to the head pharmacist, but the suspect walked out of the store as the head pharmacist was reading the note.
Surveillance footage revealed a black male suspect, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds. He wore a royal blue stocking cap and a dark grey, hooded sweatshirt. Perhaps the most recognizable feature of the suspect, however, is the fact that he had two prosthetic legs. He was seen getting into a silver car that had a sunroof.
June 15, 2012 (COW 1461 - Credit Card Fraud)
Two thieves went on a shopping spree after stealing a wallet.
A victim's wallet was stolen from the Costco on Mall Drive between and on Tuesday, June 5. Shortly after discovering the theft, the victim called to cancel her cards and learned that one had already been used at Target, 11301 Midlothian Turnpike, to make a $1,500 purchase.
Target surveillance revealed two suspects involved in the fraudulent transaction. One appeared to be a Hispanic male in his 40s. He wore a long-sleeved, pink dress shirt with denim jeans, a dark-colored ball cap and eyeglasses. The second was a younger Hispanic male who wore a light blue or purple polo-style shirt.
May 11, 2012 (COW 1456 - Farooq Anwar Homicide)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to catch the person or people who shot and killed store owner Farooq Anwar at his Fast and Friendly convenience store at 6249 Jefferson Davis Highway on Wednesday, July 18, 2007.
A customer discovered Anwar’s body at about and dialed 911. Investigators believe robbery may have been the motive.
This case was featured as a Crime of the Week case on May 1, 2009. Anwar’s family and friends continue to maintain contact with investigators, and are still offering an additional reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for this crime.
April 27, 2012 (COW 1454 - YMCA Locker thefts)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to identify a suspect involved in two YMCA thefts.
On Wednesday, Feb. 29, around , an employee of the YMCA at 737 Coalfield Road put his belongings into a locker and went to work. Unfortunately, he forgot to secure the locker, and when he went to retrieve his wallet around , it was not there. When he called his credit card companies to cancel his cards, he learned that they had already been used at the Food Lion in the Village Marketplace shopping center, the Martin's in the Sycamore Square shopping center and the Chick-Fil-A in ChesterfieldTowneCenter. Those purchases totaled more than $600.
Investigators learned that later the same day the same suspect also stole from a gym patron at the YMCA at 7540 Hull Street Road. In that case, the victim put items in an unlocked locker. The victim's wallet and keys were stolen, and the victim's car was rummaged through and stolen from.
The suspect is a white male, 19-25 years of age, with short, brown hair. He wore denim jeans, a red T-shirt and a black coat with white lining.
April 6, 2012 (COW 1451- Stolen Dirt Bikes)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to identify a breaking and entering and grand larceny suspect.
On Friday, March 30, between and , a garage in the 13600 block of Woods Edge Road was broken into. The suspect, or suspects, cut open a lock on a door, gained entry to the garage and managed to steal several dirt bikes, which are worth thousands of dollars.
The dirt bike descriptions are as follows:
1999 ATK 260 LQ (2 were stolen)
1987 Kawasaki KX 80
2009 Kawasaki KLX 140
March 30, 2012 (COW 1450 - Coin Machine break-ins)
On Sunday, Feb. 12, a man was captured on security cameras breaking into several coin operated vending machines at Sheraton Park South, 9901 Midlothian Turnpike. The suspect was a white male in his late 20s or early 30s; he had a shaved head.
Then, on Thursday, Feb. 23, a different male suspect was caught on camera breaking into coin operated machines at the HolidayInn-KogerCenter, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard. He was a white male in his 20s. He had a thin build and was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a white graphic on the front, a dark-colored ball cap turned backwards, light-colored pants and black shoes.
March 23, 2012 (COW 1449 - Turbo Tax Grand Larceny)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to identify a group of people who stole a total of 78 copies of Turbo Tax Software.
On Sunday, March 11, at about , two black females and one black male entered the Sam's Club at 901 Walmart Way. Video surveillance shows two of the suspects emptying the display area of Turbo Tax Software into a shopping cart. One of the females is later seen placing all of the Turbo Tax Software into a large duffel bag while standing in one of the aisles. At a later time, the same female is seen leaving with the duffel bag over her right shoulder, and heading into the parking lot. A short time later, the other suspects leave the store, and all are believed to have gotten into a light blue Ford Taurus. Based on information from Sam's Club supervision, it is believed the same suspects committed the same type of crime at the Sam's Club on Broad Street in HenricoCounty.
Feb. 10, 2012 (COW 1443 - BB&T Bank Robbery)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to identify and find the suspect who police believe committed a robbery and an attempted robbery in southern ChesterfieldCounty. In each crime, a white male entered the BB&T bank branch at 5756 Hopkins Road, immediately approached a clerk and passed a note demanding money.
The first incident, in which the suspect robbed the bank of cash, occurred on Monday, Jan. 23, at about The attempted robbery occurred on Monday, Jan. 30, at about During this incident, no cash was taken by the suspect. The suspect in both incidents is described as a white male between 30 and 40 years old, 180 pounds, 5 feet 6 inches tall and wearing a blue knit hat and sunglasses.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to identify a cold case double homicide suspect.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996, Charlita Singleton and Cheryl Edwards were working at the All For One store at Cloverleaf Mall. The next day, Charlita's family contacted police when she did not return home from work. Police discovered the bodies of both women inside the store's office.
At the time of the murders, both women had small children. These children have had to grow up without their mothers. These families need answers. Please help them by helping police to solve these murders and bring those responsible to justice.
August 5, 2011 (COW 1416 - Ettrick Supermarket Shooting)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program is asking for your help to solve a shooting that occurred in 1991.
On Oct. 4, 1991, Walter H. Eley was locking up the former Ettrick Supermarket at 3615 E. River Road in Chesterfield at approximately As he walked to his car with the store's deposit bag, a white or cream colored Cadillac pulled into the lot and blocked his car. A man got out of the passenger side, approached Eley and demanded the money. The suspect shot Eley three times with a small-caliber handgun and fled the scene. Thankfully, Eley survived the wounds.
The suspect was a heavyset black male, 20-30 years old.
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