Chamblee, GA, October 8, 2016 – The Post Reports – Each week the Chamblee Police Department submits a Weekly Report. Below are a few of the calls Chamblee PD responded to last week as well as Safety Tips. All information is taken directly from Incident Reports. Those charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
- 16-08454- 2050 Peachtree Industrial Court
- 16-08516- 3540 Broad Street
- 16-08388- 4415 Memorial Drive
2800 block of Alcoa Court. On September 28th a burglary was reported. The point of entry was to the rear door.
THEFT OF AUTOMOBILE (16-8-2)
2200 block of Plaster Road. On October 3rd a theft was reported.
1999 HONDA CIVIC GREEN RBM 0295 GA 2017
THEFT BY TAKING (16-8-2)
1700 block of Century Circle. On October 4th a theft was reported.
4800 block of Buford Hwy. On October 4th a burglary was reported. No forced entry was located to the apartment.
MURDER (16-5-1), KIDNAPPING (16-5-41), BURGLARY (16-7-1)
On October 01, 2016 at approximately 9:29 pm Chamblee Police responded to a person shot call at 2570 Woodacres Road, Chamblee. Upon arrival, responding units found a blue OK Taxi crashed into a fence. As officers approached the blue taxi, they found a female driver slumped over the steering wheel with a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim is identified as Luz Mariana Matheu.
One of the witnesses told investigators that she witnessed a male running from the crashed vehicle into nearby woods. A perimeter was quickly established and with the assistance of the Brookhaven Police K-9 unit a suspect was located and arrested. The suspect has been identified as David Rey Garcia-Mendoza. Mendoza is currently in custody and is facing multiple felony charges including armed robbery, kidnapping, motor vehicle hijacking and felony murder.
A handgun was also found near the location where the suspect was located. The gun is the suspected handgun used in the crime.
One witness reported that she attempted to call 911 from her cell phone as the incident was unfolding, however her call was connected to the DeKalb County Police Department 911 center. The witness hung up before anyone could respond to her call and dispatch police.
The suspect has confessed to shooting the cab driver and the weapon used in the shooting has been recovered!
ENTERING AN AUTO (16-8-18)
September 29th-October 3rd a theft was reported.
Auto Theft – Break-In Tips:
Lock your doors: This is the single most effective way to deter thieves.
Keep your car in order: When a thief looks into your car and sees clutter, he or she may presume there must be something good among the mess. A messy car can also indicate a lack of care, which might also mean a lack of care for removing valuables.
Remove valuable items: Purses, electronic devices and guns are exactly what thieves are looking for, so keeping them out of sight or, better yet, out of your car, is a great way to avoid losing them. GPS units, phones, sunglasses and shopping bags can be prime targets. Even subtle signs of valuables, such as GPS holders or auxiliary cords, can tip-off a thief that there is something valuable in your vehicle.
If you can’t remove valuables from your car entirely, locking them in the trunk is the next best thing, followed by simply hiding them. The more valuables, or even traces of them, you leave in your car, the more you invite a thief.