Rats! Cops Can't Help With Common Pests!

LA MESA -- Police in this week's report are preparing special DUI patrols for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend and are advising residents that they can help with domestic pet problems but rats, mice, gophers and bees are not a police matter!

Case Highlights:
On Friday, August 10, a citizen reported that a vehicle was being burglarized in the Office Depot parking lot located at 8481 Fletcher Parkway. The citizen was able to give a detailed description of the suspect and police apprehended the suspect near the Grossmont Trolley Station. The property from the vehicle was recovered and the suspect, 19 year-old Rakeem Moorhead, was arrested. The La Mesa Police Department appreciates the witness coming forward and reporting the crime in a timely manner. If you witness a crime in progress, please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 or the police non-emergency line at (619) 667-1400.
On Thursday, August 9, a female suspect attempted to rob the Cabrillo Credit Union located at 7900 El Cajon Boulevard. The suspect approached a bank teller, pointed an object covered in cloth at the employee and demanded cash. The teller refused and the suspect fled through the alley behind the credit union. The suspect was described as a female, White or Hispanic, light-skinned, 5’6” tall, wearing a black shirt, large sunglasses and had a black scarf with white polka dots covering her head and face. She carried a large black leather purse. If you have any information about this crime, please call La Mesa Police at (619) 667-1400.
Traffic Information:
With the approaching Labor Day weekend, La Mesa Police Department will have extra officers on DUI patrol on different dates through the remainder of the summer season. Please have your end of summer party plans include a designated driver. La Mesa residents and visitors have done a great job over the last few years in reducing injury traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers by reducing the numbers every year for the last five years. However, the arrest numbers are still high so there is still room for improvement.

On the subject of Animal Control, residents should be aware that La Mesa Animal Control offers a great service when it comes to most domestic animal related issues. However, when it comes to “household pests” such as rats, mice, gophers, bees etc., they are the responsibility of the home or property owner/management. Homeowners are encouraged to use the services of the many different private companies for assistance. On some occasions, the Police Department will be able to assist over the phone with how to handle the situation or refer the caller to another resource to help them without dispatching La Mesa Animal Control.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
On Tuesday August 7th, the La Mesa Police Department participated in National Night Out. Fourteen Neighborhood Watch groups joined the festivities by holding potlucks and block parties on their streets and were visited by Police and City employees. At Grossmont Center, approximately 250 La Mesans attended the Emergency Preparedness Fair. Residents interacted with police officers and fire fighters, explored emergency vehicles, and learned how to prepare for an emergency. Free barbeque dinner was provided by Target La Mesa.
Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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