On-Line Sale Leads To Robbery

LA MESA -- Selling items on-line can expose you to crime if you aren't careful about knowing who you are selling to and where and when transactions can safely take place.

One such "sale" led to a crime recently in La Mesa.

Case Highlights: On Sunday May 25 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a robbery occurred at 4250 Spring Street. The victim stated that he agreed to meet an unknown male in the parking lot of the Spring Street Trolley Station to sell the phone he had advertised on Craig’s List. The victim observed a black, four door Honda Accord drive into the parking lot. 

One male exited the vehicle and stated that he would be taking the cell phone; three other unknown males exited the vehicle and forced the victim to empty his pockets. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and wallet, returned to the vehicle and were last seen driving southbound on Spring Street. The victim reported the incident to La Mesa Police the following day. The investigation is continuing.

Suspect #1: Black male, 30s, 5 ft. 8 inches tall, 140 lbs, thin build, goatee, last seen wearing blue or gray baseball cap, black leather jacket with red stripes, white t-shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect is also missing two front teeth.
Suspect #2: Black male, 30s, 6 ft. 3 inches tall, 200 lbs, heavy build, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean shorts.
Suspects #3 and 4: Black male adults, no further description.
Suspect Vehicle: Black, 4 door, Honda Accord

Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or you may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS (or visit www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

Traffic Information: Teen Safe Driving: How to Talk to Your Teen About Safe Driving First and foremost, don't delay this important conversation with your teen. Research shows that many parents delay
talking about driving safety until their children are "permit age" (generally 15) much later than they talk to them about other issues like smoking, drugs, sex. Given the potential deadliness of unsafe driving, parents should initiate the dialogue about safe driving sooner. Parents should begin a conversation by the junior high years and maintain an ongoing dialogue. Tee it up as a discussion, not a lecture.
Here are some tips for starting this discussion:
 Celebrate the accomplishment of getting a drivers license. Getting a license is a big step in the life of a teen; seize the opportunity to acknowledge this accomplishment and your teen's growing independence, while pointing out the responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving.
 Don't stop talking about driving once they have their licenses. Don't succumb to the "well, you just have to let them go and hope you raised them right" philosophy of parenting once they are actually on the road. Find ways to keep the conversation active, especially during the first critical months after they begin to drive on their own.
 Make your talks a dialogue about driving. Remember: teens are excited about driving - it's a fun topic for them. So don't turn your talks into lectures; instead, make them open dialogues that show you understand the positive side of getting behind the wheel, and let your teens share their views and experiences at the same time.

 Speak to their desire to be smart. As we have learned in our research, being a "safe driver" is not something teens aspire to become. Smart driving, on the other hand, combines skill and safety, and is something teens can attain.
 Be Parental. Express Your Authority. Your teens want to know your values and expect you to provide structure for them. They need you to be a parent, not another friend. Provide guidelines that you require they follow and consistently enforce your guidelines. If your teen violates your guidelines, deliver on the consequences! Though taking away the driving privilege for a period of time might not be convenient for you, it might end up saving your teen's life.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Neighborhood Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbors while learning how to protect yourself and your home, and begins a partnership with the La Mesa Police Department. La Mesa’s Neighborhood Watch program provides residents with the tools and information needed to effectively identify and report suspicious and criminal activity and leaves patrolling the city and criminal apprehension to our officers. Neighborhood Watch is easy to start and easy to participate. For more information, call the Crime Prevention Unit at
619.667.7545.

Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://ca-lamesa2.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/6464

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