Police sergeant offers to install new locks for victim of scam ...truck driver helps police arrest scam suspects...
Here's what happened:
Last Wednesday morning the Athens Police Department received a call of a theft on Winslow Drive, Chief Floyd Johnson said. The elderly victim told officers a white female and white male came to her door and told her they were in a new business that does roof repairs. They told the lady they would work on her roof for $3,000. The victim told officers she stayed outside with the female and the male walked around the house and also went inside her residence.
After they left the victim went back inside her residence and discovered 3 watches missing. The victim told officers the offenders were driving a newer model black single cab truck. The total value of the watches was $850.
On Saturday afternoon APD received a call on South Madison Street from an elderly female. She told officers she was inside her residence when someone knocked on her door. There was a white female at her door who said she was with a lawn care business out of Huntsville and wanted to talk with her about lawn care. The victim walked out to her yard and a male came up and told the victim he had something to show her. A short time later the male came up to the female and told her they needed to leave. The two left in a black truck. The victim then returned to her residence and noticed her purse, several bracelets, $40 cash and a billfold. The value of the property taken was $1575.
Later Saturday night the victim called APD back because her purse that was stolen from her residence contained her keys. Sgt. Eric White went to talk to the victim. White offered to go buy the victim new locks and install them for her where she would feel safe. The victim declined and told him she would place chairs against the doors for the night.
On Sunday afternoon the police department received a call from a truck driver who was behind Hardee’s on U.S. 72 East. He reported seeing a white female acting suspicious and saw her throw a purse in a Dumpster then get into a black truck and leave. The truck driver got the tag number of the vehicle and called the APD. Officers responded and located the purse. It belonged to the South Madison Street victim.
Within 20 minutes Officer Kelly Fussell located the truck on U.S. 72 East and stopped the truck. Inside the truck were two suspects. Investigators interviewed the man and woman and believe they have recovered 90 percent of the stolen property from both the residence on Winslow Drive and South Madison Street.
Both face burglary and theft charges. The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.
Late yesterday afternoon Sgt. White was able to return the keys to the victim on South Madison Street.
"I want to thank the truck driver who took time from his busy day and called the Police Department to report suspicious activity. In part his actions helped two of our citizens sleep better last night and two criminals go to jail," Johnson said.
The Athens City Council has approved a transportation plan to help guide city leaders as streets are impacted by increased traffic, safety concerns, commercial and residential growth, etc.
For example, U.S. 72 is a major concern because it is taking on more vehicles then it was designed to handle, and it has the most accidents. Most of those accidents occur at lunch and in the evenings and within the commercial areas.
The Council approved the transportation plan on March 23, 2015, after City Planner Mac Martin presented an overview. The Athens Planning Commission approved the plan prior to the Council.
City leaders now will work with the Limestone County Commission, Alabama Department of Transportation, Athens Utilities and other governmental agencies to set a priority list to improve traffic flow and safety and promote alternative modes of transportation, such as walking and biking.
To review the plan, go to the menu on the right side called "Quick Links" and click on "Transportation Plan."
The City of Athens extends its thanks to several college students working in our city on spring break the week of March 9.
Habitat for Humanity is hosting 20 people from Bridgewater College in Virginia and nine from Juniata College in Pennsylvania as part of Habitat's alternative spring break program (a/k/a Collegiate Challenge).
The students are working on a variety of projects, but the primary focus will be deconstruction of a house that has been red-tagged by the City of Athens. It is located at 603 North Marion Street in Athens (just north of McClellan Street). This is part of Habitat's efforts to assist with blight elimination and promote neighborhood revitalization, according to Deborah K. Kohlhase, executive director Habitat for Humanity of Athens/Limestone County.
Public safety officials in Limestone County announced Aug. 15, 2014, that Smart911 is now available to all citizens. Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that can include any information they may want 9-1-1 call takers and first responders to have in the event of an emergency, then if they need to dial 9-1-1 their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker’s screen saving critical seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.
The annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament will be May 9 at Ingalls Harbor. Help us fish for a cure by registering today! Click link for more information and a registration sheet you can print. Bass Fishing Tournament Flyer and Registration Form
You can also register online at Active.com by going to Online Bass Fishing Tournament Registration
The Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association recently awarded the Athens Wastewater Treatment Plant its Best Operated Plant Award in the 5.1- to 10-Million gallons per day flow range.
The award was presented to Virgil White, superintendent of the city's wastewater treatment plant, during the Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association banquet held in July.