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Roswell police receive calls after not-so-sweet steals Halloween night


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While not nearly as dangerous as the 15 theft and robbery reports logged in by the Santa Clara Police Department in California Halloween night, the Roswell Police Department did receive two calls in reference to teenagers allegedly stealing candy from younger children.

According to police records, the RPD was dispatched to a Level 4 priority call at the corner of North Garden Avenue and Swinging Spear Road at 7:59 p.m., Halloween night.

The call was in reference to a group of high school kids stealing candy from small children. One of the members of the alleged teen group wore a baby mask; another, pink gloves.

Police responded within 10 minutes, but were unable to locate any individuals.

Another call reported a similar incident at about 8:50 p.m. within the 3000 block of Futura Drive, which is approximately five minutes away in walking distance from the previous address.

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The RPD said in this case, too, the suspect teens were not located.

A formal police report was not filed by the reporting parties or the victims’ parents.

The Daily Record reached out to one of the individuals who made the 911 call to find out whether they had called in reference to an incident that happened with their own children or if they simply heard trouble and contacted authorities. However, we were unable to receive a response by press time.

Regardless, the issue coincides with one of the tips made by the RPD on Oct. 21.

“Trick-or-treaters should try to make their rounds in a group if possible,” police said. “All younger children — whether in a group or on their own, should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older teenager.”

Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said the sheriff’s office did not receive any calls within the county in reference to any candy-related theft, but instead mentioned the success of trunk-or-treat events, like the city of Roswell’s fall festival at the Russ DeKay Soccer Complex.

Snyder noted these occasions as safe events, with no children walking in or near traffic.

“It is great and will likely continue into the future,” the sheriff said.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.