Last night there were three crews covering the entire central business district. Just one domestic violence call ties up two of them.
It’s not enough.
There is zero proactive police work being done in Dayton right now thanks to tight budgets and diminished ranks. Even the best police work is hampered by a prosecutor who is more worried about his conviction rate- than his effectiveness at deterring crime. Our judges aren’t much better- handing out light sentences and allowing plea deals to lighten their work load.
Montgomery County has become a play-pen for the mischievous- while the surrounding counties still have a reputation for being tough on crime.
Our county jail is nicer than some cut-rate motels, and considering that when you are incarcerated the taxpayers pick up your health care- some see it as an easy way to get their emergency dental work done.
In the meantime, we’ve still got politicians talking about creating jobs and economic development- while ignoring the costs to business of a half-assed approach to deterring crime.
I’m sitting and writing this in a dark office- not because it’s nighttime, but because some low-life stole my electric meter last night. It’s not expensive enough to cause an insurance claim- but, it is costing lost productivity in terms of work not getting done. The same goes for time spent rectifying the broken window on my girlfriend’s car two weeks ago (we didn’t even make a police report- it was just the back wing window- the car had been ransacked, but nothing was taken. Turns out 4 cars were hit the same way that night in the neighborhood). The window was $150- the time to deal with it was a few more hours.
Just by moving from Kettering to Dayton- a mere 2.5 miles, my girlfriend’s insurance on her car and her renter’s insurance jumped 20%. These are real costs- that factor into “economic development.”
The last time my office was broken into- it disrupted work for almost 3 days. The cost of crime isn’t just the cost of the damage and the theft- it’s the time wasted in dealing with it. If Dayton (greater) wants to do something that will help economic development- the first thing we should be looking at is removing as many of these time-sucks as possible.
For starters, we need a prosecutor who is tough on crime and we need to make the county jail a place you don’t like to stay. Making big rocks into little rocks may not be done efficiently by hand- but it sure makes someone think twice about doing time.
I will say one thing though- DPD responded with a crew before I was even off the phone with DP&L- and the evidence tech was here and gone- before the meter replacement showed up. Maybe if DP&L weren’t paying its CEO a million a year- it could actually afford people to have crews to show up and replace a meter when it gets stolen- but, no, that makes too much sense.
[Added] Three hours later, I have a meter and three days to secure a new cover for the meter box. Apparently, meters are being stolen to go on homes where the power has been shut off. So once again, our crappy economy thanks to the wizards of Wall Street affects those of us on Main Street. [end of addition]
As I sit, listening to the chirp of dying battery backup units, I am thankful that removing the meter wasn’t the prelude of another break-in. I’m not sure that I’m ready to deal with the emotions that comes along with those. But, if I can’t trust the government to keep this neighborhood safe, it makes me think it’s time to take care of things internally. I guess I’ll be setting up a grid of security cameras to complement the alarm systems- but, in reality what I think we really need is to go back to a less kind and less gentle justice system- where low-life criminals experience a good ass whuppin on their way to jail.
Because we can’t afford to keep playing nice, while our livelihood goes slipping out with the meter.
In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted nearly as frequently in the last 2 weeks. Nor have Greg and I been videotaping the Dayton Grassroots Daily Show.
The break-in at my office took a toll on my work flow- and I’ve been playing catch-up since. A lot of time has been wasted restoring computers (even though everything was recovered- nothing that was taken was still usable after the idiots stole it, haste makes waste) and getting quotes on the door and talking to the insurance company.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about what brought 3 delinquents together to go on their ill-fated, middle of the night crime spree. Obviously, they weren’t even smart enough to steal what was valuable on the market- most of what they took are cell phones- easily traceable, with no value unless they are connected to a network (which can ID them). What they stole and what they passed up in my office showed that they flunked computer theft 101- taking 2 monitors that weren’t nearly as valuable as the computers they were connected to.
Two of the three are still in jail. The one who is not showing on the list is the one who had the longest record (either he’s already been sent upstate- or he’s out on bond). I can’t find out anything because the detective who has the case doesn’t have working voice mail. I was never contacted about the court hearings btw. I would have gone.
In the review of this whole thing- I’m saddened to have to say that Dayton hasn’t even been able to produce good crooks.
The system won’t do anything to reform these 3 losers- all it will do is add to their problems.
Will these three ever contribute anything to society? Unlikely. More than likely they’ll all have at least one kid that’s almost doomed to follow through life in their footsteps. One of the three had told the cops he was along to make money because he has a kid on the way- how refreshing.
The U.S. now has more people in prison than any other industrialized nation. These idiots will continue to cost us all for years to come as we pay for their room and board and get nothing in return.
In the meantime- I’m facing higher insurance premiums, and my property value has been perceptually lowered. No longer am I able to say that my neighborhood is safe- thanks to the last year.
Is it time to abandon ship? Some would say yes.
I think it’s time to look at our entire society- what values do we promote and reward? Until we bring honor back to being a citizen in the real sense of the word, we’re going to keep getting screwed.
It’s not just the petty hoods either- it’s the people like Tom Petters, Bernie Madoff and the wizards of Wall Street and Washington who’ve looked out for the wrong people for too long.
If you really want to judge the success of a country/society/economic system- I think you have to look at how it treats its lowest of the low- not the best of the best. As I look back at this whole ordeal- I’m starting to think our country has failed us more than we realize.
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
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
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
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-
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
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, 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 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
Lyons and Lipsey have juvenile arrest records. The detective will be returning my equipment tomorrow.
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.