The Lafayette County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a panty-raiding perpetrator that has local law enforcement officers scrambling to calm the fears of women in Oxford and Lafayette County.
Since July, an unknown suspect has been on the loose, breaking into young women’s homes and stealing their unmentionables.
All together, the Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department have reported about a dozen burglaries where all that was taken was the female occupants underwear or lingerie. Most of the break-ins have occurred in the city with about two occurring in the county. (September 17, 2010, Page 2A)
In Oxford, all reported crimes in 2009 are lower than they were in the 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.
The report tracks crime statistics from cities and counties all over the country.
While Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin is pleased with the numbers, he said he expects them to climb a bit when the 2010 numbers are released next year.
“As many burglars as we’ve locked up this year, we are still having burglaries,” Martin said. “We are working hard to be visible and keep this a safe place for our residents and visitors. But our crime has gone up this year. However, we are also recovering a lot of stolen property and making arrests which soothes that increase.”
Martin said thieves might blame the increase in burglaries and thefts on the economy.
“I blame it on these skinny televisions,” he said with a chuckle. “These things are so light, they can just pick up and carry them out the door with no effort.” (September 15, 2010, Page 1)
The City of Oxford is set to approve next year’s $19.8 million budget on Tuesday. The Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. at City Hall to adopt the budget. (September 13, 2010, Page 1A)
Local law enforcement agencies reported a busy but typical game day weekend with more than 55 arrests in the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi combined.
OPD had four mounted police officers controlling crowds on the Square during the game weekend, along with eight officers who were on foot patrol. Around midnight, those officers were also joined by several patrol officers coming to help as the bars closed and masses of party-goers walked out onto the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 2)
The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, with help from the Oxford Police Department, arrested four bartenders from The Lyric during the Oxford Music Festival on Friday night for allegedly serving alcohol to minors. The bar had hired Cobra Security Inc. to check identifications at the door. Somehow, two underage informants working with law enforcement were able to purchase drinks from four of the six bartenders working at The Lyric. (September 6, 2010, Page 2A)
Before cell phones, someone “crank calling” or “stalking” someone by calling their home phone over and over could get away with their identify easier before the invention of things like caller ID, phone tracking and voice mail and texting where the proof of the harassment is often recorded.
The OPD has investigated 117 reports of harassing phone calls in the last year. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)
Hundreds gathered in the Grove during the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree to celebrate 100 years of scouting. Despite the 100 degree weather, about 300 people attended the local event. Closing ceremonies were telecast live from the national ceremony into the Grove giving scouts an opportunity to “feel like they’re a part of the national event.” (August 2, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin hopes the lack of any arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol during the four-day holiday weekend is a sign that people are getting the message to not drink and drive. (July 6, 2010, Page 1A)
Officers from several local law enforcement agencies responded to the Mississippi Federal Credit Union Bank on West Jackson Avenue on Wednesday to offer assistant to the Oxford Police Department in its pursuit of an alleged bank robber that resulted in the arrest of a Marks man. (July 1, 2010, Page 1A)
The suspect was apprehended without incident near the bank about 20 minutes after the call was dispatched.
A call came into 911 about 1:10 p.m. saying a black male, about 5-foot, 8-inches tall in a brown shirt with yellow stripes robbed the bank.
All entrances to the old mall and Malco were closed off.
How much money was taken or if a weapon was involved is unknown at this time.
Check the EAGLE for updates. (June 30, 2010)