10-20-2014 Crime of the Week (Thefts from Churches)
Crime Solvers needs your help to solve grand larcenies at area churches. On Sept. 28, 2014, an unknown suspect entered the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 5155 Iron Bridge Road. It was soon discovered that several items were stolen from the sanctuary, including a bishop's chair and several church pews.
Similarly, on Oct. 3, 2014, an unknown suspect entered the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, located at 2341 Winterfield Road. According to church officials, the thief stole several pieces of the church's furniture, including an altar and a candle-holder.
While it remains unclear whether these cases are related, Chesterfield detectives are asking for the public's help with locating the stolen items and identifying the suspect or suspects in these cases.
10-13-2014 Crime of the Week 1582 (Street Robbery)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program wants to help police solve a robbery case.
Police are searching for two suspects who robbed a man as he walked in the 10000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway just after midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The victim was walking north on Jefferson Davis Highway when he was approached by two men, one of whom was carrying a baseball bat. The second man displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. Upon receiving the property, the suspects fled on foot.
The suspect with the gun is described as a white male, about 25-30 years old and 5 feet 11 inches tall with a slender build. The suspect with the baseball bat is described as a white male, about 30-35 years old and 5 feet 5 inches tall and with a slender build.
Surveillance cameras at a nearby business captured images of two men who match the description of the suspects. The men were seen walking south on Jefferson Davis Highway, and, moments later, running in the opposite direction and getting into an older-model pickup truck, possibly a Mazda or Toyota.
09-29-2014 Crime of the Week 1580 (Attempt Robbery/Exxon)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program is lending its resources to help police solve an attempted robbery case.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, at about 8:35 p.m., a black male suspect entered the Exxon at 15740 Woods Edge Road, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. When the clerk told the suspect that the register could not be opened, the suspect left without obtaining any money.
The suspect was between 20-30 years of age, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 185 pounds. He had a goatee, and was wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt, khaki pants, sunglasses and a black hat with yellow writing on it.
Petersburg Police Department is looking for the same suspect in connection with two robberies in their jurisdiction.
09-22-2014 Crime of the Week 1579 (Robbery/Exxon)
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve an attempted commercial robbery. In the early morning hours of Sept. 11, 2014, an unknown male entered the Exxon at 15740 Woods Edge Road. He immediately pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk attempted to protect himself and the business by fighting back against the robber. A struggle ensued before the fleeing thief struck the clerk with the handgun.
During the fight, the clerk was able to rip the mask off the suspect's head. He is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 19-25 years old. He was wearing dark gray jeans, a long-sleeved black shirt and black sneakers.
09-15-2014 Crime of the Week 1578 (Larcenies from Churches)
Crime Solvers needs your help to solve a string of larcenies from churches. Beginning on July 27, 2014, an unknown male has been entering several churches throughout Chesterfield County. Surveillance footage revealed the man taking unattended purses.
The suspect is described as a black male between 25 and 35 years old. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and a white baseball cap. Exterior cameras show the man leaving the area in a white Hyundai Sonata.
This week, the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program is asking for your help to solve a hit-and-run case
Just before noon on Saturday, March 1, a couple was driving north on Old Buckingham Road in Midlothian in a black Nissan Altima. As they neared Warminster Drive, a white vehicle that was traveling south on Old Buckingham Road drifted into the northbound lane headed straight for the Altima. The Altima's driver swerved to avoid the direct head-to-head collision, but the white vehicle sideswiped the victim's car. Unfortunately, the white vehicle continued to travel south on Old Buckingham Road and never stopped.
As a result of the collision, glass from the Altima's driver's side window was shattered and thrown into the driver's face, causing lacerations. The passenger was shaken up, but not injured.
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a grand larceny. On May 7, 2014, a woman was working at the Home Depot at 12300 Chattanooga Blvd. At some point during her shift, she placed her personal cell phone on the cashier counter. The victim was called away to assist a customer and momentarily left the counter. Soon after she turned away, a male suspect approached her workstation, grabbed the cell phone and put it in his pocket.
Surveillance footage revealed the thief to be a young black male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing dark clothing. The suspect was initially pushing a cart with PVC pipes on it. After taking the phone, he left the cart and fled the area.
This week, the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program is asking for your help to bring closure to another credit card fraud case.
At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, an 89-year-old woman and her daughter were shopping at T.J. Maxx, 4851 Commonwealth Center Parkway. During the shopping trip, the mother left her shopping cart for a moment to look at something with her daughter. Her purse was left in the cart, and when she returned to collect the cart, both the cart and the purse were gone. Less than one hour later, the victim discovered that two of her stolen credit cards were used at the Best Buy on Koger Center Boulevard. The purchases exceeded $7,600.
Surveillance images from the Best Buy revealed a white male and a white female using the stolen cards. The white male suspect appeared to be between 25 and 35 years of age. He had short dark hair and sunglasses on his head, and was wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt with blue denim jeans. The female appeared to be in her 40s or 50s, with short hair pulled into a ponytail and sunglasses on her head. She was wearing a dark-colored blouse and pants.
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a robbery. On June 8, 2014, a black male suspect approached residents in their driveway in the 5000 block of Selwood Avenue. He immediately pointed a gun at them and demanded cash. After the victims complied, the suspect ran through their backyard and fled the area.
The thief is described as a black male with a slender build standing about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, jeans and a black mask covering his face. The victim said the robber made off with a significant amount of cash, and his cell phone and keys.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs help to solve a couple of cases involving a crime technique known as a “flim-flam.”
This type of fraud involves a suspect using deceptive words or actions to obtain money from another. In police circles, the fraud usually involves a clerk who, as a result of distraction techniques, will give back more change than was tendered in a transaction, resulting in a loss for the store.
There were two recent cases that have brought this fraud to light. On May 1, a black male used the technique to defraud the SweetFrog in Chester out of $20. On May 4, two different black males used a flim-flam tactic to steal $1,000 from the Wal-Mart in Chattanooga Plaza in North Chesterfield.
Anyone who accepts cash on behalf of a business should be on watch for this type of crime. It is easily preventable when the person targeted stays focused on the transaction and is suspicious when a customer asks for back-to-back cash exchanges.
Some crimes are unique to a particular time of year. This week, the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to catch the person or people who broke into a local pool facility.
At some point between the evening of Tuesday, July 8, and the morning of Wednesday, July 9, someone broke into the Falling Creek Farms pool facility at 9171 Gregory Drive. In a case rarely seen by police, the thief or thieves stole approximately $200 worth of floats, including what most people refer to as pool noodles. The intruders also disassembled one of the lifeguard stands.
Investigators are looking for ANY information that the public may have about this case.
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a commercial robbery. On March 4, 2014, an unknown male suspect entered the Public Storage at 10110 Midlothian Turnpike. Soon after entering, the subject walked up to the clerk and robbed the business. The suspect pointed a large knife at the attendant and demanded cash.
The suspect is described as a black male with a slender build standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing a black bandana, black hoodie and dark jeans. According to the clerk, the suspect pointed a large silver Bowie knife at her. Further investigation revealed the suspect made off with several thousand dollars in cash and checks.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to locate persons missing from Chesterfield County.
Most people are aware that Crime Solvers pays cash rewards for information leading to the solution of criminal cases and the capture of wanted persons. In light of several high-profile missing person cases, Crime Solvers wants to remind citizens that the program is available for tips leading to the discovery of their locations, as well.
Ogechi Uwasomba is a black female who was last seen getting into a car in front of her home on Barnwood Drive on Friday, May 30. **Family and friends of Uwasomba have created an additional reward fund for tips leading to her discovery**
Zulma Pabon, a Hispanic female, was last seen on Friday, June 6. Zulma's car was found on Drumvale Drive in Chester on Monday, June 16.
Layla Namiranian is a white female who was last seen leaving her place of business on April 4, 2012. The next day, her car was found at her home on Normandstone Drive in Chesterfield, yet she was not. There were no indications that she had planned to go anywhere.
Information about these three and other people missing from Chesterfield County can be found by visiting the "Missing Persons" page of the Crime Solvers website,
This week, Crime Solvers revisits a 2013 shooting that stunned Chesterfield County. Shortly before 9 p.m. on July 4, 2013, 7-year-old Brendon Mackey was struck by a bullet just prior to the fireworks display at Sunday Park. Ballistics tests revealed the bullet that stole this young child's life to be a .40 caliber class, full metal jacket.
Chesterfield detectives continue to ask for the public's help with information on this heartbreaking case. The bullet appears to have been fired randomly into the air as a result of celebratory gunfire. We would like to remind the public that as of July 1, 2014, Brendon's Law is in effect, making celebratory gunfire resulting in injury a felony.
Family and friends of Brendon Mackey have established an additional reward fund for information that will lead to the successful resolution of this case.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to close an unsolved homicide case.
Just after midnight on Thursday, June 27, 2013, a woman was at a storage unit off of Jahnke Road in Richmond City. She was approached by three males who abducted her and forced her to drive to her apartment on Bristol Village Drive. While at the apartment, the suspects began to ransack the interior while the woman pleaded with them for her daughter's safety. Upon hearing the commotion, the husband woke up, physically challenged the suspects and was shot at about 4 a.m. Abdelmagied Elsayed Hussein died as a result of the gunfire. The suspects ran out of the house, stole the family's vehicle and drove away in an unknown direction. The vehicle was later found in the Byrd Park area of Richmond, where it had been set on fire.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve an attempted purse snatching.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, a woman was walking from Hull Street Road onto Genito Road on her way home from work. When she got to Genito Road and passed the Walgreen's near Stigall Drive, a black male appeared from behind a fence and immediately demanded her purse. The victim was carrying pepper spray and was able to spray the suspect in the face and flee. Thankfully, the suspect did not follow. The police were immediately called, but the suspect was gone before officers arrived.
The suspect was described as a black male, 20-28 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was wearing black Dickie-style work pants and a tight, black knit sweater.
Crime Solvers is asking for your help this week to solve a stolen credit card turned credit card fraud case. On Thursday, Dec. 11, 2013, a woman used a stolen credit card to make several purchases at the Walmart at 12000 Iron Bridge Road. The thief began her spending spree at about 5 p.m. racked up over $1,500 in fraudulent purchases.
Surveillance cameras were rolling and captured several images of her and a man she may have been associated with.
A lost wallet led to a credit card theft and fraud case, and the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve the crime.
Late in the evening of Saturday, March 1, a woman lost her wallet in the parking lot of the Lowe's on Weir Place in Chester. The next day, unauthorized purchases were made using two of her credit cards at the Target in Chester. The illegal transactions totaled more than $1,300.
Surveillance cameras at Target captured images of three suspects using the stolen cards. Two were black males and the third was a black female.
Crime Solvers is asking for your help to solve a robbery. On Monday, March 24, at approximately 6:45 a.m., a man was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the SunTrust Bank at 12551 Jefferson Davis Highway. The victim was waiting to make a deposit at the bank when he was approached by a male subject who demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled across Jefferson Davis Highway, making off with over $8,000 in cash.
The suspect is described as either a light-skinned black male or a white male wearing black clothing and a black mask covering his face. After running across Jefferson Davis Highway, the thief may have escaped the area in a Cadillac.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve a credit card fraud case.
On Tuesday, April 15, a white male subject attempted to use eight different credit cards to make a purchase from the Walmart in Hancock Village Shopping Center in Chesterfield County. A ninth card was accepted for two separate purchases. A second white male suspect attempted to use four credit cards to make purchases from the same Walmart at the same time. A fifth card was used and accepted. The victims had been contacted by their credit card companies and alerted to the fraudulent purchases.
The thieves were quick, because before the cards could be cancelled, the same suspects made purchases from the GameStop in the same shopping center. During interviews with the victims, it was learned they did not lose possession of their credit cards, yet their accounts were programmed onto the cards used by the suspects.
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a grand larceny. On Jan. 22, 2014, a couple entered Alexander's Antiques on Midlothian Turnpike. They spent 20 minutes walking throughout the store, and behaved suspiciously. After they left, employees reviewed security footage and discovered the pair had grabbed two antique clocks.
The first suspect is described as a middle-aged black male with a black leather jacket and black jeans. The second suspect is a younger black female wearing a large orange wig.
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help to solve several related credit card thefts and frauds.
The unauthorized charges occurred between Sunday, April 13, and Tuesday, April 22, at various stores throughout Chesterfield and Henrico counties. In three separate incidents, two females were caught on camera amassing more than $3,800 in charges at stores in Chesterfield such as Target, Hollister, Bath & Body Works, Macy's and Lowe's. The stores in Henrico included several shops within Short Pump Town Center. The cards were stolen from cars parked at the ACAC Fitness Center in Midlothian and the Woolridge Road YMCA.
Two black female suspects (pictured to the left) were seen using the stolen cards. They were seen, in one case, driving away in a silver or grey minivan.
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a homicide. Just after 3 a.m. on Monday, March 17, Chesterfield police were dispatched to a report of a breaking and entering at 12500 Little Pond Lane in Midlothian. Before they arrived on scene, officers were updated about a possible home invasion and shooting that had occurred at the residence.
When officers arrived, they found 27-year-old Farzad Sultani in the residence. Sultani had been shot several times, and he later died as a result of those injuries.
04-21-2014 Crime of the Week 1557 (Purse Theft - Goodwill Store)
On Dec. 13, 2013, a young woman was shopping at the Goodwill at 8535 Midlothian Turnpike. She briefly left her cart to select items off a shelf. When she returned to her cart, she noticed her purse had been stolen. Security cameras were rolling and it was soon discovered that the suspect had targeted the victim and followed her throughout the store.
The suspect is described as a young black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the pharmacists at the K-Mart at 12810 Jefferson Davis Highway closed the pharmacy area just after noon. Though the door leading to the pharmacy was locked, two subjects broke into the room at approximately 1:45 p.m. and stole multiple prescription medications. Among the medications stolen were Hydromorphone, Oxycodone and Oxycontin.
Investigators know the time because surveillance cameras were working, and they captured images of the suspects. The video revealed that the suspects were both white males.
04-07-2014 Crime of the Week 1555 (Attempted Carjacking/Colonial Heights)
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve an attempted carjacking.
Just after midnight on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, a delivery driver was taking an order to an address on Beechwood Avenue in Colonial Heights. As he exited his car, he was immediately approached by a black male who put a gun to his head and demanded his car keys. The victim made a dangerous move and grabbed the gun, forcing it downward, while he struck the gun-wielding suspect. The victim then ran from the scene and called police.
One suspect, a Petersburg resident, was later arrested for his participation, but three other suspects remain at large. Investigators were only provided the names and nicknames of "Kenny," "Garren" or "G," and "Man-man." "Man-man" was rumored to have music or voice recording equipment at his home. "Garren" drives an older model, white Dodge king-cab pickup with a wide burgundy stripe.
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a larceny from auto. On Nov. 18, 2013, at approximately 3 a.m., a couple was shopping in the 7-Eleven at 15901 Jefferson Davis Highway. Upon returning to their vehicle, they noticed several items had been stolen. These items include a cell phone and a Bluetooth device.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20's. He stands about 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was seen leaving the area in a black Nissan Altima.
At approximately 2 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, a man wearing a hood over his head and a bandana across his face robbed the clerks at the 7-Eleven at 5549 Belmont Road. As he entered the store, he immediately pointed a handgun at two clerks and demanded money from their registers. After receiving the money, the suspect left on foot.
The suspect was a black male, 20-25 years old, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing and a blue bandana on his face. He was brandishing a dark-colored semi-automatic handgun.
Sometime between midnight on Saturday, Jan. 11, and 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, someone broke into and stole a custom 1989 short-bed Chevrolet pickup. There was only broken glass left at the scene in Holiday Trailer Park on Jefferson Davis Highway. A trailer attached to the truck and carrying two All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATVs) was also stolen. The ATVs were a 2012 Kawasaki Mule and a 2006 Yamaha Big Bear, and both were green-camouflage colored.
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a larceny from auto turned credit card fraud. The female pictured to the left was caught on camera using stolen credit cards. The cards were stolen from several vehicles parked at Clover Hill Elementary School while families and neighbors were inside at a basketball game on Saturday, March 1. Throughout the next few days, fraudulent purchases were made with the cards at many area stores.
The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic female between the ages of 25 and 35. She was seen leaving the area in a silver SUV/minivan type vehicle. Be sure to check crimesolvers.net for outstanding photos of the suspect. She is also wanted in connection with breaking into the vehicles in the school's parking lot.
03-03-2014 Crime of the Week 1550 (Sexual Assault off Route 1)
This week, Crime Solvers needs your help to identify the witness of an attempted sexual assault. On New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2013, a young woman was walking down Jefferson Davis Highway when she was confronted by two men. The men pushed her to the ground and began strangling her. During the attack, a passerby immediately stopped their car to assist. Thankfully, this caused the suspects to flee the area. This Good Samaritan left the scene without leaving their information.
Chesterfield detectives are working to gather further information on this case. We are asking anyone with information to please help us complete this investigation. Crime Solvers vows to keep any witnesses that may come forward anonymous.
02-21-2014 Crime of the Week 1549 (Watch Theft From Zumiez)
Between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, an employee of the Zumiez store within Chesterfield Towne Center noticed two subjects, one male and one female, near a watch display. Though the employee knew the display was locked, she saw the female subject reach into the display. As the employee approached the suspects, they left the store. The employee lost the two suspects in the HomeGoods store. The employee later discovered thousands of dollars worth of watches had been stolen from the display.
Both suspects appeared to be Hispanic, between the ages of 40 and 45. The male was wearing a gray-and-black striped sweater and blue denim jeans. The female was wearing a blue sweater and blue denim jeans. We have not yet received pictures of the female suspect.
02-17-2014 Crime of the Week 1548 (Auto Theft/Robbery - Argent FCU)
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a stolen vehicle turned bank robbery. On Jan. 29, 2014, a vehicle was stolen from the area of Remuda Drive. Moments later, that stolen vehicle was used in a bank robbery at the Argent Federal Credit Union at 5403 Jefferson Davis Highway. Two men entered the bank and demanded money. After exiting the bank, they were unable to get the stolen car out of the icy parking lot. As the suspects fled on foot, a dye pack exploded on one of them.
The suspects are described as black males between the ages of 22 and 27. They were wearing dark clothing and one suspect covered his face with a mask.
02-10-2014 Crime of the Week 1547 (Best Buy Shoplifting/UP Bracelets)
The Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program needs your help this week to solve an unusual shoplifting case.
It occurred on Friday, Jan. 31, at approximately 7 p.m. Four men entered the Best Buy at 1560 Koger Center Boulevard just moments apart. The male suspects took electronic devices from around the store, relocating them to a different, central location within the store. Two females walked in, collected the items into bags while the store employees were distracted and walked out. Among the items taken were numerous Jawbone brand Up bracelets.
All of the male suspects were white males, appearing to be 45 to 60 years old. The two females were white females possibly in their 40s.
02-03-2014 Crime of the Week 1546 (Flim Flam at Walmart)
Crime Solvers needs your help this week to solve a fraud case. On Nov. 17, 2013, a man walked through the Walmart at 12200 Chattanooga Plaza and purchased several items. While checking out at the register, the suspect was able to trick the cashier using a fraudulent tactic called "flim-flam," which involves exchanging several different denominations of money rapidly. This scammed the business out of a significant amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He is bald and has brown eyes.
01-27-2014 Crime of the Week 1545 (Spencer's Gas Station Robbery)
It occurred on New Year's Day at about 5:10 a.m. outside the Spencer's gas station at 5144 Centralia Road. The victim, who was in the process of opening the business, was outside the store when he was approached from behind and struck repeatedly in the head. The suspect took cash from the victim and fled the scene.
The victim was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Family and friends of the victim are offering an additional reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.
01-13-2014 Crime of the Week 1543 (Stolen Wheelchair)
Between the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 4, and the morning of Thursday, Dec. 5, someone broke into a shed behind a home on Rainwater Road in the Huntingcreek Hills subdivision. The item stolen was a blue, Top End brand basketball wheelchair (the ACTUAL wheelchair is pictured here). The chair was used for racing and basketball, but stored in the shed during off seasons. The outpouring of help from the community has been impressive, yet detectives are NO closer to identifying the person or people responsible.
01-06-2014 Crime of the Week 1542 (Jared Jewelry Theft)
On Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, two men entered the Jared Galleria of Jewelry at 11230 Midlothian Turnpike. They approached an employee working behind the counter and asked to see an item from the display case. When the clerk retrieved the item, one of the men snatched it and both ran from the store.
The first suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 30 and 40 years old. The second suspect is a black male, about 6 feet tall and between the ages of 20 and 30.
12-16-2013 Crime of the Week 1539 (Television Theft)
Just after 5 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, two men entered the Walmart at 14501 Hancock Village Drive in Midlothian. They loaded a 39" Emerson HDTV and an RCA Surround Sound Bar into a shopping cart and left the store without paying.
After reviewing surveillance footage, both suspects appear to be black males around 35-50 years old. Both were wearing dark clothing.
12-09-2013 Crime of the Week 1538 (Cigarette Case Theft)
Just before 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, a woman appeared to be shopping in the Wawa at 15840 Jefferson Davis Highway. The clerk had a case of Newport cigarettes behind the counter, and had stepped away at the time the woman approached the counter. Surveillance cameras were rolling, and they captured images of the woman walking behind the counter, grabbing the case of cigarettes and walking out the front door.
The suspect was a black female, 35-45 years of age. She was wearing a black and gray blouse with black pants. She had a tattoo on the right side of her chest and had dark hair with blond bangs. She was seen leaving in a light-colored Chrysler 300 sedan.
12-02-2013 Crime of the Week 1537 (Chester 7-Eleven Robbery)
Just after 1:30 in the early morning of Monday, September 30, two men wearing masks entered the 7-Eleven at 1924 Walnut Drive in Chester. They walked to the back of the store where the clerk was and one suspect immediately put a gun to the clerk's head and demanded money from the store's safe. The suspects stole about $60 in cash and other small items from the store before fleeing. The clerk told officers on scene that the suspects were likely in a dark-colored pickup truck that the clerk saw just before the two entered the store.
The suspect with the gun was a black male, 20-25 years old. He was wearing blue running pants with white stripes, a dark leather jacket and a bandana over his face. The second suspect was a white male, 20-25 years old. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap and a red bandana over his face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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