Police Warn High School Lot Motorists

LA MESA -- Police are warning motorists in local high school parking lots that the rules of the road apply there and will be enforced. Police are also warning about steps you can take to avoid be victims of holiday scammers at this time of year.

Case Highlights:
On November 10th, 2012, at about 6:27 p.m. the La Mesa Police Department received a report of an attempted robbery that had just occurred at the Cricket Wireless store located at 7014 University Avenue. An employee reported that the suspect entered the store, walked behind the counter and brandished a large knife. The suspect then announced that he was robbing the store and demanded cash. The clerk ran away from the suspect and left the store. The suspect then fled the store as well and was last seen running southbound across University Avenue. There was no loss. The employee was not injured. Suspect Description: Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, about 5’7” tall, approximately 180 pounds, wearing a red sweater, beige or light khaki pants, and a brown baseball hat. The suspect concealed his face with a black scarf wrapped around his head. The clerk described the weapon as a 12” long butcher knife.
If you have any information on this case, please call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Traffic Information:
Recently the Police Department received complaints of people, mostly students, driving recklessly in the parking lots of Helix High School. Be aware that all public school grounds are considered public property per the California Vehicle Code. Therefore, all regular rules of the road that apply on city streets and sidewalks also apply on any public school grounds, including the parking lots. Officers will concentrate extra efforts at and around Helix High School to make sure everyone complies with the traffic laws and stay safe.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
The holidays can be a time of charitable giving. Decide carefully how to donate your time or money. You may be confronted while holiday shopping to make donations. Do not feel pressured into making spontaneous donations. Although legitimate organizations do frequent malls and shopping centers, or go door-to-door, scammers can try to take advantage of your generosity by employing similar tactics. For your safety, never do business out of your front door or in a parking lot. Never give out your contact or financial information to unknown persons. If you would truly like to support an organization, take the time to fully research the organization to ensure your contribution goes to support the cause rather than into the pocket of scammers. The same consideration should be used when supporting relief efforts after a major disaster. Scammers may pose at legitimate aid organizations to take advantage of unsuspecting donors. For more information on safe giving as well as identity theft prevention and recovery, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 667-7545.
Department Information:
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