Tuesday, February 12, 2013

APD Response

Yesterday as I drove down Rio Grande Blvd. near Indian School Road I noticed a guy walking along the street stealing mail from every mail box.  It was about 10am in the morning.  I called the non emergency Police Department number to get a police officer after him.  I was told that there were no officers available.  I gave a full description of the guy, a tall african american, 180 lbs., white sweat shirt, blue jeans.  A blue backpack into which he was stuffing the mail.  And a white jacket draped over his shoulder.

An hour later the police called back and wanted to know if I needed to see an officer.  I said no because the guy was long gone along with everyones mail.  I know this was not a violent crime but the fact is that there should have been an officer available.

My brother Tom caught another guy stealing mail out of mailboxes near his home a few weeks ago.  The police told him they couldn't do much about it, even though he had video of the thefts.

Just another factoid to consider during the next city election.

6 comments:

Bubba Muntzer said...

If you could have got the guy to hold up a protest sign the police would have been there in a minute.

Anonymous said...

Disgraceful. But Schultz said all is well so we're all wrong obviously.

Anonymous said...

Seems the penalty for mail theft is less than 5 years and / or a fine. Not much pain considering what identity theft is costing Americans. As far as APD goes, it's not surprising. More often than not, I see two APD cars parked side by side so the officers can BS instead of stopping or preventing crime.

Anonymous said...

When you see someone stealing mail, it's best to call Postal Inspectors. Stealing mail is a federal offense.

Anonymous said...

At Feb14.... Yes so they can call APD.......

Anonymous said...

Same situation happened to me. I called the non emergency number to report my neighbor fighting with someone in the street. Since it was Friday and I live in the
Valley Area Command, no one is available due to Downtown Tac Plans. An hour and a half later, the dispatcher called back to let me know that there was still no one available. I laughed and just hung up. What can you do.