Harvey’s horror

A lot of the crime in Bells Corners is relatively petty (unless you’re the victim). A new neighbour moved in a few houses down and had only been in Lynwood Village for a week when someone stole the mirrors off his SUV. I don’t think he reported it to the police, but he should have.

Other stuff is scarier. For example, the attempted robbery at the Harvey’s last October. It sounded nasty, but I didn’t realize HOW nasty until a reader filled in some of the details:

A teenage minimum-wage slave and his coworker (a young female) had closed up and one of them stepped out the back for a smoke while the other finished cleaning up inside. She was grabbed by two thugs (who had approached from the back on foot) and brought back into the Harvey’s WITH A GUN HELD TO HER HEAD.

The thieves were unable to get any money because after hours the safe automatically goes into lockdown mode and cannot be opened. A former Harvey’s employee, noticing that the lights were on and something was amiss, called the police. Nice work, guy!

Thankfully neither of the two employees were hurt physically and it didn’t escalate into something much worse, but it really makes you wonder how many other such dramatic scenes play out that we never really hear about, like the recent bank robbery on the strip.

The odds of being a victim of crime are very low in Bells Corners, but don’t let your guard down – if you see anything suspicious call the police. They may not be able to do anything, but at the very least it will bump up our statistics, which might lead to more frequent patrols or a renewed push to get the Neighbourhood Watches back on track. Think about security for your home – there are lots of practical suggestions out there. Talk to your neighbours so we can watch each other’s backs – the police can’t do it alone.

Crime is NOT funny!

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3 Responses to Harvey’s horror

  1. wanderer says:

    A neighbour asked me if I’d seen a strange car driving around the neighbourhood. I said no, and asked if she’d taken down a licence plate number and a description of the car – even details about the driver, as she’d seen him quite a few times.

    She said she hadn’t as she didn’t know for sure if it was a problem. I advised her to do so next time, or to call me, and I’d go for a walk, looking for the car and call in the information without hesitation. I’ve done so before.

    As you say, the police need all the help they can get. I’d bet he was casing the houses to see who was home on which days and which times.

    – In addition to calling the police people could post observations on this blog – judging by the number of hits we’ve been getting lately a lot of people are reading us.

    Plate numbers are invaluable but don’t post them here in case there’s a legal issue.

  2. Don’t post licence plates but a description as well as when and where is good. It could turn out to be something innocent (I used to drive around Bellwood very slowly late last year) and a reader might know who it is and just say it is nothing to worry about. Or other people might have seen the same thing and it might be something to be concerned about.

    I used to have no concerns but, given the downturn, I will not leave my girlfriend at work alone. After business hours and on weekends we keep the door locked. About a year ago we had some guy who, while he appeared to be harmless, was clearly high (most likely meth). People like that are the most dangerous because anything can set them off. It was really difficult to get him to leave.

  3. The "teenage minimum-wage slave" says:

    Actually, the lights were off but a former employee had noticed that there were multiple people inside the restaurant, when there should have been just the two employees closing up.

    The former employee came up to the restaurant and peeked through the window for a better look – one of the bad guys noticed him and called to his partner, and then both ran out the back. Overall the event probably took around 10 minutes.

    The rest of the details are a close enough, but it was quite lucky that the former employee saw what was happening, or the robbers could have very well been in the restaurant a lot longer.

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