A blaring alarm blared on this quiet street near Lake Highlands Elementary, causing would-be burglars to flee: Google Maps

An alarm blared on this quiet street near Lake Highlands Elementary, causing would-be burglars to flee: Google Maps

A family in Lake Highlands Estates was robbed at gunpoint. It happened not long after two other homes reportedly were burglarized during the day. The driveway robbery is alarming; the burglaries aren’t exactly out of the ordinary, unfortunately.

Fox 4 reported a “crime spree” in Lake Highlands after a family in Lake Highlands Estates was robbed at gunpoint the day after Christmas. Two other homes reportedly were burglarized during the day, which isn’t exactly out of the ordinary, unfortunately. The driveway robbery is extraordinary. The news reporters say the highly publicized case last year of a serial rapist, on which we reported extensively, in some ways brought the neighborhood closer and made us stronger and more proactive when it comes to crime. It is true that each crime we hear about, big or petty, tends to boost awareness. That’s why we regularly post police reports.

Saturday, Dec. 27 — Suspects fled the scene of a would-be home burglary when the homeowners’ alarm activated. An unknown suspect (s) kicked in the door of a three-bedroom home on High Ridge (near Ferndale and McCree) a little after 10 a.m. but bolted after a loud alarm sounded, according to the police report. The only damages reported are to the doorframe.

 

Saturday, Dec. 27 — Vietnamese restaurant Pho 95 was burglarized. During the night a thief broke the front window, causing about $300 in damages, and snatched petty cash from the register. He or she made off with about $50.

 

Saturday, Dec. 27 — At about 11:30 p.m. an Abrams Papa John’s delivery person was robbed of $70 and a Galaxy phone at gunpoint at a Lake Highlands area apartment complex.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29 — A 27-year-old woman living in an apartment at Walnut Hill and Audelia reported that she was punched in the face and robbed at about 7 p.m. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10, 170 pounds. After hitting the complainant, he reportedly grabbed her phone and keys, entered her car from which he grabbed her wallet. Then he fled through the complex. The victim’s children witnessed the attack. The woman was treated at the scene and the suspect was not apprehended.

 

Monday, Dec. 30 — A couple was robbed at gunpoint just before midnight while exiting their apartment at Royal-Audelia. Two suspects displayed handguns and reportedly robbed the victims of cash, car keys, IDs, cell phone and the contents of the male victim’s duffle bag.

 

Monday, Dec. 30 — A man reportedly was critically wounded in an attempted armed robbery. Michael Wafer, 25, and Ladavid Sims, 19, were arrested in connection with the crime after a police chase involving helicopters, K-9 units and a getaway car abandoned on Ferndale. A third suspect is still at large and the victim is alive and hospitalized, reports the Morning News. CBS newsman Steve Pickett, who lives in our neighborhood, has more on the victim.