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Lemon Grove Police Blotter: Thefts Top List of Local Crime This Week

The following information was supplied by crimemapping.com. These Lemon Grove crimes were reported by the Sheriff's Department from Dec. 7 through Dec. 13.

Thefts seemed to be the theme this week of crime in Lemon Grove, with two petty thefts being reported, along with a more serious vehicle theft, according to police records.

Suspicious activity can be reported to the Sheriff's Department at 858-565-5200, and the Lemon Grove station can be contacted at 619-337-2000. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Here's a wrap-up of this week's crimes reported to the sheriff's department:

Friday, Dec. 7:

  • Drugs/alcohol violations "use/under the influence of controlled substance" at Broadway and Sweetwater Way, at 12:22 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8:

  • DUI arrest in the 2600 block of Lemon Grove Avenue, at 3:38 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9:

  • Shoplifting in the 7700 block of Palm Street, at 8:37 a.m.
  • Vehicle theft at Pacific Avenue and Main Street, at 2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 10:

  • Shoplifting in the 7100 block of Broadway, at 10:20 a.m.
  • Vehicle theft in the 7400 block of Pacific Avenue, at 8:30 p.m.
Helen Ofield December 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
The Lemon Grove Review, over 50 years of covering local news and folklore, invariably reported a rise in crime during December. Shoplifting, of course. Dead-of-night break-ins into stores. But it was what came to be known as "hot prowls" that were the worst -- breaking into private homes and swiping anything that could be easily carried away to the dismay and sorrow of homeowners, who had stockpiled gifts for Christmas. Then, as now, the thief often was an addict in need of cash or quickly saleable goods--and there were more goods during the Christmas season. Rarely was the thief stealing gifts for his own family in some impoverished act of desperation. That the season of joy and giving fills the antisocial among us with a need to destroy, even as Americans reach into their pockets to help the less fortunate, is one of the ironies of Christ's message still powerful after all these centuries.

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