Robbery on Derrydown Way

Another recent robbery. But this one doesn’t seem to involve a weapon.  Plus the perpetrators were arrested within 5 minutes.

An avid reader pulled this off the Winnona Park message board…

From a Winnona Park neighbor:

Another head’s up…we got a note in our mailbox today that this morning [Nov. 11] at 3 am, our neighbor on Derrydown was robbed at her doorstep. The offender got away with nothing but her empty purse and was captured 5 minutes after she contacted the police. He was arrested with 2 other people, a woman and a man at the Chevron at the intersection of Columbia and Memorial Dr.

And follow-up from another Winnona Park neighbor:

The robbery of our neighbor on Derrydown on Tuesday 3 am, Nov 11, was a crime of opportunity and totally unrelated to Winnona Park itself.  The perps live in Atlanta, had run out of drugs & money, saw a woman driving alone, followed her home and parked their car down the street from her house. One got out of the car and confronted her at her door. Thankfully she was not harmed and was able to quickly telephone the police and they were able to arrest the culprits.

The Decatur Police say they see more incidents in a weak economy and during the holiday shopping season. They will have more patrols out in downtown Decatur along with our citizen CAPS volunteer to put more eyes on the streets.

Some suggestions from the police to ward off such attacks – be aware of your surroundings and whether someone is following you, to call the police from your cell phone or drive to a police station. Shopping center parking lots are a prime location for crime. Unfortunately too, women out alone appear more vulnerable, though, as we see from the armed robbery in downtown Decatur, either sex can be victims.

Chief Lee asked that if residents have concerns or questions, to call his work phone 678-553-6620.