Reported crime in Pine Bluff declines 13.6%, police say

For the ninth straight month, reported crimes declined in Pine Bluff compared to a year ago, according to the monthly report prepared by the Pine Bluff Police Department.

The report indicated there were 470 crimes reported in September, compared to 544 for September 2011, or a decrease of 13.6 percent.

For the first nine months of this year, reported crimes are down 14.75 percent compared to the same period last year.

In terms of property related crimes, burglaries decreased from 121 in September 2011, to 101 last month, and so far this year, there have been 391 fewer burglaries reported than there were in 2011.

Motor vehicle thefts dropped from 190 in September of last year to 128 last month, and reported thefts declined from 194 in September 2011 to 168 last month.

The department reported 28 aggravated assaults last month, six fewer than were reported in September 2011, and reported only half as many rapes and reported rapes (three) were reported in September than were reported a year ago.

Simple assaults declined from 194 in September 2011 to 144 last month, while reported robberies increased by one from 14 last year to 15 last month.

While the department’s monthly report indicated that there have been 14 homicides in Pine Bluff this year, figures kept by The Commercial indicate the number is 15.

The report lists one homicide in January but there were actually two, on Jan. 11, when Tommy Holcomb Sr., was shot to death, and on Jan. 19, when Christoper Patillo was killed. Prosecutors ruled the death of Holcomb was justified.

A memo from Capt. Greg Shapiro to members of the city council’s Public Safety Committee indicated that the department handled 41,301 incidents from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, compared to 43,253 for the same period a year ago.

Police vice and narcotics officers reported seizing $3,519 worth of drugs last month, and arresting 10 people, all adults. They seized 87.1 grams of marijuana, 1.4 grams of crack cocaine, 14.1 grams of methamphetamine, 125 prescription pills, and 16 grams of ecstasy.

There were a total of seven search warrants served, including four with the Tri-County Drug Task Force.