Crime Report

Saturday, Jan. 12At 12:15 A.M., a male was parked seated inside of his vehicle on Birchdale Ave south of Cleta St when he was approached by two suspects. One of the suspects produced a shotgun, pointed it at the victim and ordered him out of his vehicle. As he exited he was struck in the face by the second suspect and knocked to the ground. The suspects removed the victim's property, entered his vehicle and drove away. The victim did not have the ability to call to report the incident so he began to walk home. He later found his vehicle parked nearby and notified police of the robbery. Detectives are investigating.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 At 8:30 A.M., officers responded to Wilderness Park in regards to a theft investigation. Officers discovered a suspect had vandalized light posts and several underground vaults. There was moderate damage. Detectives are investigating.

Statement In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the Downey Police Department wants to reaffirm its commitment to the community in keeping children safe. School safety will always be our primary focus. The Downey Police Department and the Downey Unified School District joined together in 1998 and created a School Safety Program. This program allows for a School Resource Officer to be assigned daily to Warren, Downey and Columbus high schools. Besides being a crime deterrent, officers often assist school administrators in truancy enforcement and provide "one-on-one" counseling with at-risk students. After careful collaboration with DUSD administrators, Downey PD recently instituted weekly uniform patrol visits to all Downey schools. Downey PD enjoys a wondering working relationship with DUSD. Daily communication and information sharing has been instrumental to our commitment in providing a safe environment for children to learn. Infromation provided by the Downey Police Department

********** Published: January 17, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 40