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Letter 09/26/12


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Polilce departments earn victims’ thanks

From: Oakel and Christine Hardy

Columbus

Received: Sept. 24

As was recently reported in the Republic, the burglary of our Coin Shop and the burglary and theft at the 76 Antique Mall in Taylorsville was recently solved and much of the stolen merchandise was recovered.

Our loss was small compared to that of the Antique Mall with about $500 in merchandise (most of it recovered), approximately $750 in property damage and an irreplaceable presentation piece given me by Mayor Armstrong upon my retirement from the City (recovered with only minor damage). We are very gratified by the customers who stopped by to offer help in various ways and other dealers who offered merchandise and money if needed.

Fortunately, the loss was not great enough to require any of that, however, it felt good that people care!

The Columbus Police Department and the Edinburgh Police Department did an outstanding job from start to finish on these cases. We would like to thank Lt. Steve Norman, Sgt. Morgan Horner and Officers Toby Combest, LaShawn Tyler and John Velten for their extremely fast response to my alarm. We believe their fast response kept our losses and property damage to a minimum.

Detective Alan Hayes did an outstanding job investigating the scene of the crime. There is no question in my mind that Detective Hayes and Deputy Chief David Lutz of the Edinburgh Police Department working together to “connect the dots” between the two cases resulted in a rather swift conclusion to the investigation. Had they not worked together so well and quickly, we suspect there would have been little merchandise left to recover.

After having found out who the suspect in the case was, I was rather surprised to see him show up at the Coin Shop. I called 911 and requested officers at the shop. Officers Julie Quesenbery, Angela Owens and Rusty Imlay responded very quickly and handled the apprehension in a very quiet and professional manner.

We are very proud and pleased with the professionalism and cooperation between uniform and detectives and between two Police Departments. A very well done to everyone involved and our deepest thanks!

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