Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Seeking Help in Locating Missing Person

From: http://www.ten8.wordpress.com May 26, 2010
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
601 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

Missing Person
Date: 05/21/2010

Name: Jeffrey Hieronymus Race: W Sex: M Height: 5’9’’

Weight: 170

DOB: 09-25-71 NCIC Number: M777982855

Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown

Date of Last Contact: 02/26/09

Last Known Location: 2515 Chesterfield Ave.

Complaint Number: 20090227-203503

Additional Information: The victim in the above case left

his residence on February 26, 2009 and has not been seen

or heard from since.

His live-in girlfriend stated he got up in the middle of the

night to go outside to smoke a cigarette and never

re-entered the residence.

It is believed that the victim was wearing blue jeans with

no shirt on the night of his disappearance from the Plaza –

Midwood area of the City of Charlotte.

The victim’s family is very concerned about his safety and

well being as at the time of his disappearance he left his

wallet, car keys, car, and all possessions behind. In

addition his family says that he was very family oriented

and spoke to his siblings nearly everyday.

Anyone having information as to the victim’s where-

abouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600

or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police via 911.

Detective David Osorio

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept.

Homicide Division

704-336-5048

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Independence Blvd. Waffle House Robbed

By Steve Lyttle
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Tuesday, May. 25, 2010

Police are looking for three men who robbed a southeast Charlotte restaurant overnight.

The robbery was reported about 1:15 a.m. at the Waffle House in the 6600 block of East Independence Boulevard, between Harris Boulevard and Sardis Road North.

Police say three men armed with handguns entered the restaurant and robbed the business and a customer. The bandits also stole some personal items from the employees, police say.

The men ran out the back of the restaurant. Police have not released a full description of the bandits.

Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 11:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Matthews Robbery Suspect Sought

By Steve Lyttle
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Monday, May. 24, 2010

Matthews police are looking for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery Sunday at a discount club store.

The robbery was reported about 6 p.m. at the Costco store in the Sycamore Commons shopping center, on Matthews Township Parkway near East Independence Boulevard.

Police say the man asked employees to see jewelry that was in a locked viewing case. The man then pulled a gun on the clerks, police say, and ordered them to fill a bag with jewelry. After getting the jewelry, the man fled.

Police describe the man was a light-skinned black male, about 6 feet to 6-2 tall, of thin build. He was between 20 and 30 years old and was wearing a tan-colored ball cap, a reddish-collared shirt with a design on it, khaki shorts, and dark-colored shoes.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Matthews police Detective Brian Ridge, at 704-847-1647.

Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Hosting Update on Missing Person

Please join Homicide Unit Detective Dave Osorio on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 11 a.m., as he discusses the Jeffrey Hieronymous missing person case. Mr. Hieronymous has been missing since February 26, 2009; he was last seen leaving his home. This meeting will take place at Mr. Hieronymous’ residence, 2515 Chesterfield Ave.

Joan Petruski with the Kristen Foundation will be on hand as well. The Kristen Foundation is named for Kristen Modafferi, a student from North Carolina who disappeared in California while attending college; she is still missing. For more information on the Kristen Foundation, which is dedicated to the safe return of missing and abducted adults, please visit this link: http://kristenfoundation.org/cgi-bin/datacgi/database.cgi?file=hw&report=sp&ID=000

For additional information please reference CMPD complaint number 20090227-2035-03. Detective Osorio can be contacted at 704-336-5048.

Public Affairs Officer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

601 East Trade Street | Charlotte, NC 28202

rfey@cmpd.org

704.336.2338 o

Published in: on May 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Protect Yourself When Selling Items Online

From: http://www.ten8.wordpress.com
Craigslist Murder a ‘Cautionary Tale’ On What Not To Do
By Herb Weisbaum
msnbc.com contributor
updated 9:54 a.m. ET, Thurs., May 13, 2010

No one expects to get robbed or physically assaulted when they place an ad on the Internet. The biggest risk most sellers face is the possibility of being ripped off by a con artist. Even so, most transactions go without a hitch. Most, but not all.

On April 29 Jim Sanders, 43, of Edgewood, Wash., was murdered during a home-invasion robbery. He had placed an ad on Craigslist offering a woman’s gold and diamond ring appraised at $2,760. The ad included Sanders’ home and cell phone numbers.

A woman called saying she wanted to buy the ring for a Mother’s Day present, so Sanders gave her his home address. She showed up with three men. One of them had a gun.

“We were having family night, and then evil walked in the door,” says Sanders’ widow, Charlene. “It was horrific.”
Police say the robbers tied up Jim, his wife and their two sons. They pistol-whipped Jim and one of the boys, then shot Jim three times. They took the ring that was for sale, then put the gun to Charlene’s head and forced her to hand over her wedding ring.

Craigslist ad involved in deadly home invasion?
May 11: A father was gunned down in his own home in front of his wife and two children, allegedly by people who answered his ad on Craigslist.

“This is a cautionary tale, a horrible crime,” says Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “It should give everyone pause in terms of how they deal with this type of Craigslist exchange, meeting up with strangers who know you may have something valuable.”

When I asked Craigslist to comment on the Sanders’ case, its public relations firm sent me the following statement:

“Our sympathies go out to the victim’s family and friends. Violent crime on Craigslist is extremely rare. Nevertheless, we do urge our users to use the same common sense precautions online that they would use offline.”

Four suspects are now in jail, charged with first-degree murder and robbery. Police say the same group robbed another family in Western Washington earlier in the week. That family had advertised a flat-screen TV for sale on Craigslist and had given out their home address.

In that case, the would-be buyers arrived with guns, tied up the family and ransacked the house. They took off with jewelry, electronics and cash.

Michael Kaiser, president of the National Cyber Security Alliance, says criminals have become more and more adept at using the information on the Internet to commit crimes. “We don’t need to be scared or frightened,” he says, “but we have to use common sense.”

Protect yourself
* Keep your private information private* If a meeting is required do it in a public place when lots of people will be around

* Don’t let them come to your home unless absolutely necessary

* If they come over, don’t let them inside the house for any reason

* Make it clear you won’t be alone

Creating the ad
All the experts I talked to say you need to think about security as you prepare your online advertisement. Don’t use your full name and don’t list your address or phone number.

If you use photos in your ad, make sure you just show the item for sale. Don’t include family members or any identifiable information.

Maybe you’re trying to sell a car and you take a picture outside the house. That photo should not show your home address or a street name/number. Block out the license plate number. A criminal could plug that number into a database and find out who you are and where you live.

“You want to use a service that allows you to be anonymous,” advises Linda Criddle, president of the Safe Internet Alliance. “You’re trying to sell an item; you’re not trying to give away information.”

As the seller, you need to control as much of the transaction as possible. The safest way to conduct the transaction is via e-mail. You can create a free disposable e-mail account specifically for your online ads.

Resist requests to give out your phone number. If the buyer really needs to talk to you, get their phone number and call them. Use the one-time caller ID block on your phone to keep the number private. Your phone book or phone service provider can explain how to do that.

Meeting face-to-face
With some transactions you may need to meet the potential buyer to let them inspect the item or to complete the sale. In that case, you need to be smart.

“The risk is always there when you have a person-to-person meeting,” Criddle cautions. “And the steps needed to mitigate those risks are always important.”

For small items that are easily transported arrange to meet in a public place, such as a coffee shop, at a time when there are plenty of people around. Bring someone with you – for added security and peace of mind.

Criddle says when a transaction involves a significant amount of money you might want to meet at your bank. And she’s not kidding.

“You want to be in the safest environment,” she says. “Well, this is the safest environment for you and it’s also the safest environment for the buyer. There are security cameras there, people and often a security guard.”

This way, you don’t have to walk around with a lot of cash. You can deposit it as soon as the sale is done.

Protect your house
Your home is your safe space. Inviting strangers there is never a good idea. But if you’re selling a large item, such as a coach, refrigerator or TV set, you may not have a choice. If possible, get it out of the house. Put it in the garage or driveway.

Don’t be alone. When setting up the meeting, tell the potential buyer others will be there. Kaiser of the Cyber Security Alliance suggests saying something like this: “Come over on Sunday between 2 and 3 o’clock. My cousins are visiting and we’ll have a few others coming to look at some things at that time.”

In this situation, the cardinal rule is simple and unbreakable — the buyers never go inside the house — not even to use the bathroom. If you go in with them, you are vulnerable. If they go in, even with you, they can scope out the valuables in your house. They might grab something and run or see things they want to come back and steal.

The bottom line
Thousands of these online transactions happen every day, and most of them go well. Still, it’s in your best interest to consider the potential danger and act accordingly.

There are bad people out there. You want to do everything you can to avoid them.

Published in: on May 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment