Violated 3x. The “war on drugs” fails us again

Siebenthaler and Carter Ave. Sometime last night. A little silver Honda Civic with a HOPE sticker in the back window, became the third crime to affect my household in the last 2 years. First the house was broken into in broad daylight, then the office in the middle of the night– and now, the girlfriend’s car, while it was sitting on the street outside her parents’ home, as we had borrowed their pickup to work on the move.

photo of dashboard of Honda Civic after theft

The aftermath of a break in

The stereo won’t bring more than $50. There wasn’t much else in the car to take. The most valuable item was probably the power inverter on the seat- that took 12v and made it into 110 ac. Thieves aren’t very smart. The entire dash is gone, plus the stereo- and the broken window. Probably around $1,200 damage- a $250 deductible and good business for the car dealer, the stereo maker and the window replacement guy. But, now, because some junkie needed a $50 fix- the home values in that neighborhood drop again, insurance in the neighborhood go up, and Dayton reinforces its reputation as a crime-riddled community.

In today’s DDN there is an article about our overcrowded prisons, the costs, and the number of non-violent offenders. No DOH.

You almost have to wonder how stupid can we be? Other than the difficulty of getting high in prison- and the risk of being sexually assaulted- room and board and health care, may be a better option than a homeless shelter or living on the streets.

We’ve got to have meaningful, living-wage jobs in this country for all, or we’ll end up looking more like “Escape from New York” than hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. If people want to get high- and waste their lives, their brains, their bodies- I’m with the libertarians- let them, and let’s tax them. We can put in provisions that if you buy and use drugs like heroin, meth, crack etc.- you will instantly limit your lifetime health insurance benefits- and we won’t fix your broken bodies.

But, if you just smoke weed- you’ll be paying taxes to help pay for health care for all- just like the taxes on booze and smokes. Because face it- it would have been cheaper to give this crack head thief a hit- than to fix the damage he caused in pursuit of his high.

Yep, I’m running for Congress and I think the “War on Drugs” is a desperate war on the desperate. I’d rather focus on full employment, education, first-class public infrastructure (including trains and public transit) than a hallucination that we can stop people from getting high on legal or illegal substances.

We may as well try to stop people from having sex. Or is that next?

Violated- again

When the phone goes off in the middle of the night- it’s never a good sign, especially when it says “ALARM”- as in alarm company- not time to wake up.

Those of you who’ve been reading a while, remember the first “violated” post- June 10, 2009. That time, someone kicked in the back door of my house, in broad daylight, and stole a PS3 and a lot of DVDs (a lot to me) and an old computer. I’d just stopped thinking about it of late, even though the back door still bears some scars.

I’m sitting in my office right now- front door wide open at 3 a.m., waiting for Dayton’s finest. It’s across the street from my house, so I’ve never worried too much. Apparently, the punks like to smash and grab- while the alarm is still going. I’m now missing a 20″ white iMac complete, a few keyboards, a 20″ Apple aluminum display (they left the power adapter- so it’s WORTHLESS- ha-ha), a 21″ Dell monitor- an Apple new-style low-profile aluminum keyboard, an Apple mouse, and an Apple-design keyboard with a few keys missing floating around- it looks like someone tripped and fell with one- or dropped it- as keys are all over the deck.

The front door- which was original to the building won’t be going back together again. It’s toast.

They started to take an old style Zero Haliburton case- that was full of extension cords- it’s by the door- I’m hoping that yields the prints the cops need. If they ever get here. Alarm went off at 2:46 a.m.- it’s 3:12 now. The cold air is rushing through the front door- and I’m in shorts and a t-shirt- but, I’m not ready to go home and pull on clothes until the cops arrive.

Graffiti at 100 Bonner, S.U.R.13

Graffiti at 100 Bonner, S.U.R.13

I’d tweeted about it- but hadn’t posted- on Saturday morning, we woke up to see graffiti all over the street. Painted across my office windows was: S. 13  U. 13  R. 13 – with the 13’s small in sub-script text- one large letter per window- the last window had 3 small dots. I was relieved that it was on the glass-  cops here- more later. 3:17

3:31 officer is looking down the street- to see if they stashed anything- waiting to come back to pick it up.

Graffiti at the corner of Bonner and Johnson

Graffiti at the corner of Bonner and Johnson

The graffiti on my windows were actually the cleanest- other tags said things like “F N-word, Go back to the West Side” and “F whites and blacks- Brown power.” Don’t know if it had anything to do with the break ins- but, it was the most recent criminal activity. I’m waiting for an evidence crew to come and get prints. Should be some good ones, if they weren’t wearing gloves.

The mess after burglars left

The mess after burglars left

I’m sort of convinced the messiness of the office was a good thing. Piles of papers were pushed to the floor- the disarray made them miss grabbing some pretty valuable gear. I’m going to start moving it to other, more secure locations. I guess it’s also time to start running video surveillance – I hated the idea, but, it’s pretty easy to do with the computers that have built in web cams (they only grabbed one of them) It’s funny- we were talking about it this morning- thanks to the graffiti- but, didn’t set it up.

Be this the work of drug addicts, or professional thieves, this is the first time in 24 years, that I’ve considered moving, if only for a second. It’s sad, because for the last week, I’ve had the girlfriend and her kids living at the house on a trial basis to see if we should do the full family thing.  Note- another cop car just whizzed by- and the other officer hasn’t come back.  Don’t know if that is a good thing or not. 3:40 a.m.

The cruiser out front, btw, has some kind of license plate sensor cams-

Dayton Police officer C. A. Knedler

Officer Chad Knedler, one of the heroes and first to respond

3:42 he (officer CA Knedler) came back with a crappy Gateway keyboard missing some keys- not mine- but good start. The other cruiser was on the way to the T-mobile store on Brown- where they broke in and stole the cash drawer and POS system- so I’m not the only business owner sitting, waiting for an e-crew.

The funny thing about stuff like this- is you wake right up the moment you see your door kicked in. Body clocks be damned- the adrenalin kicks in, your energy level is up. I just turned off the reception lights- as long as I’m waiting- with the door wide open, may as well make it look inviting if they have the balls to come back in- now that the cop is gone.

4:23 a.m.- the Dayton PD going after the TMobile break in- caught one of the guys in a Taurus wagon- there were three.

They’ve positively ID’d the Dell Monitor- and see the rest of the gear. The evidence tech (E-tech C A Stiver)  pulled back in as I was screwing a piece of plywood onto the door.

4:30 a.m.- Officer Kneadler stopped back – he was leaving the Tmobile break in- headed by Wendy’s- when he heard an alarm- he headed down to the Cricket store at the corner of Wayne and Clover. Saw the Taurus Wagon with 4 black males in it take off- he went in pursuit- up Riverside- by the time he got to Helena Street- Officer Hastings was also nearby- I’ve been asked to leave out what happened next. I’m not happy about it- or leaving it out, but someone needs to do an investigation on our procedures.

They both turned off on parallel streets- and next thing, the perps had bailed out of the car.

They caught two- and recovered a big screen TV, about 200 cell phones and the equipment stolen from my office.

The good guys won.

The front door kicked in

The front door kicked in

A few things that come to mind- I always knew my front door was the most vulnerable part of my office security. It’s wood, with a big glass pane from the lock up to the top stile. For “safety” reasons according to the City of Dayton building inspector- I had to take off the double keyed deadbolt and put in a thumb latch- “so no one could be trapped inside during a fire.” I had protested that there are huge windows all around- throw a chair through and go out- no deal. I pointed out that any idiot could break the window- reach in and open the door- no deal.

These punks, kicked through the bottom panels- and reached up to flip the locks. The metal strip I had installed on the jam did its part in reinforcing the door- but the old wood wasn’t strong enough. Had the double keyed deadbolt still been in place, they would have had to use another means to get in- and out.

I can guarantee the new door will be steel- and with a double keyed deadbolt. You hear that Mr. Chief building inspector? (he was the head of inspection then- and is still working for the city I believe- he’s married to a former Mayor’s daughter) I should charge you with the frakkin deductible.

The worst part- is, I’ve lost a day’s productivity. Between the lack of sleep- and cleaning up the mess, this will cost me.

The ambitious serial thieves, will get their day in court. They’ll get sent to crook school at an Ohio Penitentiary and walk out in 18 months or three years. They’ll then have a record (if they didn’t already) and won’t be able to find gainful, meaningful employment for the rest of their lives. We’ll end up paying for this, over and over as they either return to prison, or end up on welfare, or drugs. They’ll have kids- who will be without their father- and will more than likely follow in their footsteps. The cycle doesn’t break very often.

With the biggest prison population of an industrialized country- we’re paying for this. For all the talk of the “socialist” health-care system- we take better care of criminals who are locked up than we do tax-paying working poor. They will have health care, be fed, have a roof over their heads. The same can’t be said for our homeless- and with the foreclosure crisis, the layoffs by industry- high unemployment, there are a lot more people that fall into these categories. The costs of crime cost us all.

I won’t be moving, but I hope I’ve moved you a bit- to think, to consider and hopefully to realize- the historic health care act is one small step toward ending the cycle of crime. Healthy people are less likely to do these kinds of crime, when there is hope- there is a basic security to life- there is that option to live healthy, be productive and be a part of a functioning society.

I need to finish screwing the board into the door- and waiting for the equipment to return. I hope you never have to experience this kind of night. Luckily, no one was hurt (although it wouldn’t bother me a bit if the perps had a few rough falls- even in handcuffs). I still believe that prisons should include back breaking labor- and a payback to society- but, that’s for another post-

g’night- or should I say g’morning.

5:41 Channel 7 has been to get an interview and shots. I shot them shooting me. I’m cleaning up fingerprint dust- nasty. Luckily, I have Las-Stik manufacturing as a client- and have some of their GitUm cloths– the most amazing duster known to man (or at least this man). They pick up the fingerprint dust really well. Also, thanks to my great friend Rahn Keucher (of Rahn’s Artisan Breads in the 2nd Street market) who called and offered bread and assistance and a shoulder.

10:15 am the video is up- may not be done “processing”

Officer Chad Kneadler was back by at 8:45 to tell me I’d have to wait for the detectives to inventory the stolen items.

3:57 PM- with help from Shortwest Rick.

Three men in custody. Mugshots and records on links:

James Jones II Thief

James Jones II Thief

James Jones II, http://www.mont.miamivalleyjails.org/DEFENDANTJAIL.ASPX?CJIS_OR_PARTY_ID=C2130558
MONT-JAIL 1006606 3/23/2010 1 MONT-DMC () BREAKING AND ENTERIN F5 WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 *Not Entered*
MONT-JAIL 0923568 9/22/2009 1 MONT-MMC 2009CRB01900 CARRYING CONCEALED W M1 GRANTED PRETRIAL RELEASE MESSHAM *Not Entered* 0 RELEASED BY PRE-TRIAL
MONT-JAIL 0832819 11/9/2008 1 MONT-DMC 2008TRD22120 DRIV UNDER SUSP NOT M1 CHARGE CLEARED *NOT ENTERED* TEN PERCENT AND COURT COST 2500 RELEASED BY COURT
MONT-JAIL 0832819 11/9/2008 2 MONT-DMC 2008TRD22120 DEFECTIVE MUFFLER MM CHARGE CLEARED *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 RELEASED BY COURT
MONT-JAIL 0828436 9/26/2008 1 MONT-DMC 2008TRD07427 DRIV UNDER SUSP NOT M1 CHARGE CLEARED *NOT ENTERED* TEN PERCENT AND COURT COST 2500 RELEASED BY COURT
MONT-JAIL 0828436 9/26/2008 2 MONT-DMC 2008TRD07427 UNAUTH USE OF PLATES M4 CHARGE CLEARED *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 RELEASED BY COURT
MONT-JAIL 0828436 9/26/2008 3 MONT-DMC 2008TRD07427 DISPLAY LICENSE PLAT MM CHARGE CLEARED *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 RELEASED BY COURT
MONT-JAIL 0803763 2/4/2008 1 MONT-MOR 2006TRD00508 DUS TR WAITING COURT ACTION ROSENCRANS CASH OR BOND 1462 HOLD DROPPED
MONT-JAIL 0617823 6/26/2006 1 MONT-VMC 2006CRB01562 UNAUTHORIZED USE OF M1 WAITING COURT ACTION HECK TEN PERCENT 2500 RELEASED BY COURT
MONT-JAIL 0617823 6/26/2006 2 MONT-VMC 2006TRD06859 DRIV UNDER FRA,NON-C M1 WAITING COURT ACTION HECK *Not Entered* 0 RELEASED BY COURT

Quwan Lipsey, Thief

Quwan Lipsey, Thief

Quwan S Lipsey http://www.mont.miamivalleyjails.org/DEFENDANTJAIL.ASPX?CJIS_OR_PARTY_ID=C10583060
JAIL BOOKING # BOOKING DATE # COURT CASE DESCRIPTION DEGREE STATUS JUDGE BAIL TYPE BAIL AMOUNT DISP
MONT-JAIL 1006595 3/23/2010 1 MONT-DMC 2010TRD02991 MUFFLER GAS ENGINE R MM WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* TEN PERCENT 2500 *Not Entered*
MONT-JAIL 1006595 3/23/2010 2 MONT-DMC 2010TRD02991 NO OL EXPIRED LESS T MM WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 *Not Entered*
MONT-JAIL 1006595 3/23/2010 3 MONT-DMC () OBSTRUCTING OFFICIAL M2 WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* TEN PERCENT 750 *Not Entered*
MONT-JAIL 1006595 3/23/2010 4 MONT-DMC () BREAKING AND ENTERIN F5 WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 *Not Entered*
MONT-JAIL 0922765 9/12/2009 1 MONT-DMC () RECEIVING STOLEN PRO F4 CHARGE CLEARED *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 RELEASED BY DETECTIVE

Davion Lyons: Thief

Davion Lyons: Thief

Davion L Lyons http://www.mont.miamivalleyjails.org/JAILBOOKING.ASPX?CJIS_OR_PARTY_ID=C13186876&JAILBOOKING_ID=11445456
1 MONT-DMC () BREAKING AND ENTERIN F5 WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* *Not Entered* 0 *Not Entered* 03/24/10 01:30 PM
2 MONT-DMC () OBSTRUCTING OFFICIAL M2 WAITING COURT ACTION *NOT ENTERED* TEN PERCENT AND COURT COST 750 *Not Entered* 03/24/10 01:30 PM

Lyons and Lipsey have juvenile arrest records. The detective will be returning my equipment tomorrow.

UPDATE

25 June 2014- Lynda Dodd at the Montgomery Prosecutors office was kind enough to update me on the three felons- none of whom ever paid any restitution.

• James Jones went to prison for one year.
• Davion Lyons had been on probation (administered by the Court, not the Prosecutor’s Office) , but failed at that and ended up sentenced to prison for 9 months
• Quwan Lipsey also started on probation, but failed at that was sentenced to prison for one year.

This was case 2010CR895 and it was in front of Judge Singer.

Once in prison, the Court loses jurisdiction to enforce any restitution order.

Greene County catches Dayton criminals: and thoughts on justice

There is a difference between getting caught for a crime in Dayton and getting caught in Greene County: you’ll do time in Greene County.

Ask my former housemate: twice sent to prison for crimes in Greene County that would hardly get him into jail in Montgomery County (yep, I was a terrible mentor for 22 years).

Today’s paper had the good news that the punks who broke into my house have been caught- and Greene County is throwing the book at them.

Four men who police said committed as many as 245 burglaries in an East Dayton neighborhood this summer face a racketeering case in Greene County after a car stolen in Beavercreek yielded enough evidence to bring charges.

The members of the group, all residents of Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood, have been indicted by a Greene County grand jury for the burglaries.

via 4 arrested in more than 200 east Dayton burglaries.

Will I get anything back (the scooter keys would be nice, my Joe Rocket zip up jacket would keep me warm, the computer- peace of mind, the PS3 bonus- but the movies would make me really happy)?

Will they find out where the stuff went? Will I get restitution? An apology? Can I go rummage through their stuff- and take what I want?

Sending them to prison, where they get to hang out with other low lifes, get health care and 3 square meals a day doesn’t make me happy, or solve the problem.

Maybe we should send these Belmont boys to live on a street in West Dayton in a house that’s slated for demolition- that they would have to fix up, as well as other homes on the block that they would have to maintain- while holding real jobs- with the caveat that they can’t own a car, or have locks on their doors. The four of them- with their own form of scarlet letter, would learn what it’s like to be preyed upon- and help us keep some homes from deteriorating more.They’d have to sleep and work in shifts to keep their property secure. They’d depend on bicycles, public transit and the charity of others for transportation. They’d have to make a meaningful contribution back to the community, in a place where they’d have to earn their welcome.

Oh yes, they would also have to pay restitution to all the 250 home owners that they stole from.

That would be justice. Now, back to reality.

Violated.

I’m not supposed to share this with you according to our neighborhood president. But, that’s not me.

This site is my connection to the world, and it’s your connection to me. If I am to represent you, I have to be open, honest and transparent.

I went home for lunch today. It’s a short walk across the street. My girlfriend had pulled up in front of my house, and walked over to the office to get me.

We walked back over and into the house. My yellow Nike jacket was on the floor by the bathroom door- which wasn’t the way I left it, but I have my housemate, who sometimes tosses things around. There was a sheet from the back room couch- on the floor in the front room… odd, but still didn’t register. The moment I went into the kitchen- I saw the basement and the backdoor open- and then it registered- someone had broken in. The backdoor had been kicked in, yet the alarm hadn’t gone off.

Ran upstairs- to find my housemate asleep in his room. He’d slept through it. That’s why the alarm wasn’t on.

Call 911, check house for things missing and that no one was in the house still.

Missing are a Sony Playstation PS3 20gb with controller (Sn CE246759709), a bunch of housemate’s games, all our DVD’s and Blu-Rays (about 40 discs and a few boxed sets- Sopranos season 1, Hero’s season 1), a Macintosh 800dp tower S/N XB135oJYKSD (good luck with that), the garage door opener and the keys to my scooter. They also have my black fleece Joe Rocket jacket – bastards.

The evidence tech thinks he got some really good prints. Hadn’t seen Ed Z. for a long time. It felt good to have a friendly face at the scene. Same goes for Justin P.

Housemate (and glad Ed Z. finally figured out that I’m not housemate’s dad) is rather ticked- that he didn’t hear it- and also, that all his games are gone. They took apart my stereo- but when girlfriend pulled up- it must have scared them off. Luckily it’s all still there, but, they would have had a hard time getting rid of that stuff because it’s really uncommon.

I have serial numbers for the PS3 and the computer (which had more passwords on it than an NSA key facility)- so good luck on that.

The door jam is being fixed as I write this. The garage doors have been reprogrammed. But, I still feel empty.

23 years here, and this is the first time someone has come in.

If you’d asked for the movies, the PS3 and told me why you needed them- you could have had them. Same goes for the computer- and I would have given you the passwords and the software.

But, instead, you came into my home and violated my sanctuary.

It’s going to take some time to sort out my emotions right now. My shoulders feel the weight of the world on them.

Onward. And the alarm will be on all the time from now on.

I’m offering a $ reward for tips that lead to the arrest of the people who did this and the return of our property.