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Watchful neighbor in Lodi helped bust suspected burglars

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Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2009 12:00 am

When Jerry Pike's Lodi home was burglarized a couple weeks ago, he became yet another of many such recent victims.

The culprits had struck during the day, when many people are off at work, and made off with such things as jewelry and a computer. Pike had a feeling he would never get his belongings back, but he fought back the only way he knew: He made fliers and passed them out to all his neighbors, urging them to keep an eye out and prevent more people from becoming victims.

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  • posted at 1:35 pm on Sun, Nov 15, 2009.


    Profile ?? If you are looking for a 6ft 10 inch white man, dont go to Koreatown in Los Angeles nor the Buddhist temple. People look at me and make a decision/profile, based on my appearance. Their assessment is usually wrong when they find out who I am. Profiling is a good way to separate rice from corn, peas from beans, and of course people who are equally different as vegetables.

  • posted at 9:00 am on Sat, Nov 14, 2009.


    Right on, Mr. Pike!!!! Super "Susie"! ;-)Great job to all in catching these criminals! Thank you, LODI POLICE!!!!!!

  • posted at 6:59 am on Sat, Nov 14, 2009.


    I was really pleased to see that Susie had programmed Lodi PD's non emergency # into her phone - I feel that is very important & wise - it's on mine - speed dial 2. I always encourage everybody I know to do the same for many reasons. I walk a lot, often alone, and I feel a lot safer doing so knowing at the push of button #2, I can get our local PD in case of any emergency. I have used it several times when walking due to witnessing a couple of car accidents and an elderly neighbor left their garage door open and it was really late at night - an unusual thing to do. I started doing this back in 2003 after I was in a car accident and it took forever for the cell phone 911 operator to figure out what and where Lodi, CA was - 12 minutes total to be exact. It's really important for women of all ages to do this too for so many reasons. Way to go all involved.

  • posted at 3:11 am on Sat, Nov 14, 2009.


    "...the young men seemed out of place..." That is called profiling. Utah PD(when I was living there)did it on a daily basis. They would stop on the street and question people who did not look "quite right" and check them out. Every morning the newspaper would print a long list of names of people who "didn't look quite right" who were being held for INS. Personally, I loved it but I didn't know that CA -- a sanctuary state -- was allowed to do that. Bravo!

  • posted at 3:11 am on Sat, Nov 14, 2009.


    lodimaestro, yes you are right about the pawn shops. Crooks know that they can easily and quickly pawn off any stolen items. It would help a lot if pawn shops had a waiting period. I'd like to commend officers Bradley, Butterfield, and Manetti. Good job and thank-you!

  • posted at 1:33 am on Sat, Nov 14, 2009.


    Eric Bradley: Super Cop!If "Cops" gets word of his accomplishments this last year, they'll be grooming him for his own show!

  • posted at 8:54 pm on Fri, Nov 13, 2009.


    Now it's up to the police to squeeze out of these crooks what they did with all our other stolen property. It would help if a certain second hand store downtown would not buy just any piece of jewelry that walks in the door, for sale from obviously suspicious people! Do your best Lodi P.D.!

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