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                                 Area Law Enforcement and Retail Team  

May 26, 2015

Shoplifting:  In the past, first offender shoplifters have been allowed to sign citations, and they have
been released at the scene of the offense.  Repeat offenders have been transported and booked at the
County Jail.  The first offenders have interpreted this to mean that when you get arrested for shoplifting in
Springfield, "nothing happens to you."  

We have been tracking shoplifting cases, and we have found that the offenders are criminals who willfully
and knowingly choose to commit crimes for personal gain.  They should be recognized as such, and they
should be treated as such.  Effective immediately, first offenders will be processed the same way as the repeat offenders have been processed in the past.  They will be transported and booked, and they will no longer be cited and released at the scene.

Exceptions:  The on-duty patrol supervisor has the discretion to authorize a 'cite and release' based on
documented situational demands and staffing limitations.

Crime Stoppers of Springfield/Robertson County Board of Directors recently voted to increase the reward
amount up to $5,000.00 for information that will lead to arrests and convictions on a number of unsolved
robberies occurring over the past year.  The suspects have targeted Hispanic individuals on several
occasions, as well as businesses such as South Side Drugs and Papa John’s Pizza.

The Board believes that increasing the reward amount may encourage more cooperation and tips from
the public. Each closed tip (Arrest Made by Law Enforcement) will be individually reviewed and voted on
by Crime Stoppers Board Members to reach the reward amount in each individual case. 

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is encouraged to contact Springfield Police
at 615-384-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 615-382-3799.

All information is anonymous.

Attached is Springfield Police Department 2014 Year End Report.  You may note that the overall crime rate and the violent crime rate went down significantly in 2014. 

Relative to crime against businesses, the most significant crimes were armed robberies dating back to the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.  

An armed robbery was committed at Southside Drugs. Two (2) suspects entered the store at approximately 8:00 am on December 27, 2014, brandishing handguns.  The suspects were described to be black males in their late teens or early 20’.  Suspect #1  was 5’10 to 6’0, thin build, wearing a white mask with one eye exposed, wearing dark clothing armed with a black and silver handgun.  Suspect # 2 was 5’10 to 6’0 thin build, wearing a dark colored bandana armed with a silver handgun. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

An armed robbery was committed at Papa John’s Pizza.  On December 23, 2014, a suspect threatened store employees with a handgun, and he robbed the individual workers as well as the business.  The suspect was described to be a black male in his late teens or early 20’ 5’11 to 6’0 wearing a dark bandana and dark clothing armed with a black and silver handgun.

An armed robbery of a Papa John’s Pizza delivery driver was reported at Southfield Apartments.  The suspects were described as four young black males one of which was armed with a handgun.

All of these cases remain active.
The Springfield Police Department had no other major crimes directed toward businesses in the community.

Citywide Crime Information for January 1 - May 25, 2015

Homicide                            0
Sexual Assaults                  2
Robberies                         14
Aggravated Assaults         16
Burglaries                          24
Auto Thefts                          6
Thefts/Shoplifting             138
Theft/Shoplifting Arrest     143
Arson                                    0

Business Related Crime as of 05-25-2015    

Homicides                             0
Sexual Assaults                    0 
Robberies                             0
Aggravated Assaults            0   
Burglaries                             3
Auto Thefts                           0
Thefts/Shoplifting              138
Theft/Shoplifting Arrest     143
Arson                                    0  

Crime Patterns:    None Planned  

Changes in Traffic Patterns:   None Planned   

Please take any reasonable precautions to safeguard your property, and contact the police department to report any suspicious activity.

Please contact me if you have any questions.   

Lt. William Watkins
615-384-8422 X 231