Chesapeake, Virginia MV theft

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Chesapeake City Police Department of Chesapeake, VA.
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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen.

I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: Ben Hallman

Given the quantity of reports that our request is likely to produce, we want to narrow it. Instead of requesting incident reports for every larceny from a motor vehicle in 2015, we are now only requesting reports for larcenies from motor vehicles in which a firearm was stolen in 2015.

We still want see all the information contained in the report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each incident; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; the victims' names, ages and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

Please also provide the TOTAL number of larcenies from motor vehicles that were reported to your department in 2015, no matter what, if anything, was stolen. All we need here is a number.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

From: Cena V. Taylor

Dear Mr. Hallman,

Attached you will find the response that was mailed out to you for the FOIA request on Larceny from vehicle reports for 2015 in the City of Chesapeake.

Please let me know if you need further assistance or have any questions.

Sincerely,

Cena

[CPD badge]Cena Taylor
Central Records Manager
Chesapeake Police Department
(757) 382-6397 Office
(757) 382-8338 Fax
cvtaylor@cityofchesapeake.net<mailto:cvtaylor@cityofchesapeake.net>

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Cena,

Thank you for sending that along. As a web outlet that partners frequently with international and national media outlets, we do broadcast into the state of Virginia. We have our own website, TheTrace.org, with readers in Virginia, and regularly partner with outlets such as Slate and Vice, which also broadcast into Virginia. For this project, we are working in coordination with The Guardian, one of the most widely read outlets in the world.

From: Chesapeake City Police Department

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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