Citizen Crime Fighters

     John Cox was home, gazing out at the Middle River in his Middle River Terrace home in Fort Lauderdale, when a stranger jumped over the fence into his back yard.


     Middle River Terrace has a burglary problem, with a burglary rate 78% higher than it was in 2005. So when someone jumped the fence into Johns' backyard, he flew into action.

      John hurried out back, and the stranger, startled, jumped back over the fence into the neighbors' yard. John grabbed his camera and was lucky enough to snap this picture of the stranger getting onto his moped.


    Now John didn't think the burglar had gotten into his neighbor's house, so he didn't call the Police, but sat down to warn the neighbors on the neighborhoods' interactive web site.

     A few minutes later,  the stranger on his moped pulled up to the neighborhood thrift store, Oddballs Nifty Thrift, looking for some parts for his moped. The store didn't have any, but the stranger left his phone number in case they got some.


     The owner of the shop, Tim Smith,  just happened to be checking out the neighborhoods' interactive web site as the stranger was leaving!

                                                              Tim Smith

     "OMG", Tim said out loud. "That's the burglar! ".

     Tim lept outside, jumped in his truck and called John Cox. "I just followed the burglar and know where he lives. Meet me at the store and we'll call the Cops!"

     So the cops arrived, and as it turned out, the stranger had gotten into the neighbors' house. He had looted it of the owners' laptop, camera, etc. all stuffed into the owners' own backpack that the burglar wore as he sped away on the moped.

      The Cops took over the investigation, John went home, Tim went back to work.

     Citizen Crime Fighters - got to love 'em !

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  • 9/26/2013 9:09 AM Jack Seiler wrote:
    Great story -- best news of the day!

    Thanks to John Cox, Timmy Smith, and our neighbors in Middle River Terrace for not only caring but for taking action!

    Keep it up!!
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    1. 9/26/2013 3:33 PM Linda wrote:
      A Hero ! He knew what to do and how to do it. A wonderful role model - following a wonderful role model. Thanks.
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  • 9/26/2013 11:07 AM Robin Merrill wrote:
    Hooray! Congratulations to all of you! I hope the tide turns swiftly in the crime percentages.
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  • 9/26/2013 11:52 AM Raymond Dettmann wrote:
    Your outstanding citizen Tim Smith Jr and should be regonised few have the courage to get directly involved you are just like your Father
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    1. 9/26/2013 6:33 PM Mary Pat Rhodes wrote:
      And his wonderful mother!
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  • 9/26/2013 12:42 PM Mary Pat Rhodes wrote:
    Oh Tim, you are not only a good business owner but a great community neighbor! You are a Smith through and through!
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  • 9/28/2013 6:49 PM City Activist Robert Walsh wrote:
    Where was the "smart water"?. I still want a bottle of that stuff.
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  • 10/13/2013 10:06 AM Valigator wrote:
    Last nite I had the unfortunate occasion to witness first hand the "Middle River Crisis" It seems to stem from the Budget Inn (ground zero for taxpayer funded housed sex offenders) the vacant lot, Walgreen's and the McDonald's directly across the street. This is the area that any crime in the surrounding neighborhoods generate from. The Walgreen's Back parking lot looks like an airport runway with cars coming and going for drugs and hookers. Hookers being picked up/dropped off every few minutes and none of the girls look legal age. It seems a sex offender by the name of "Boss" black male over 6 feet and a good 250 lbs runs this little enterprise. Add a black male in the NE corner of the McDonald's parking lot in a silver Mitsubishi (spelling) Gallant with windows so dark one would be hard pressed to see inside named "JDog" and its a regular crack party there everynite. I went looking for Law Enforcement and found 4 police cars (lights on) sitting in the Suntrust parking lot on Oakland (no perp) shootin the breeze for more than an hour with each other. I am sure they were longer but I decided to just observe how "hardworking" FLPD actually is with this much criminal activity going on and was woefully disappointed. I gotta tell ya I was dumbfounded this much "crap" thrives in this area. Come Sundown the sheer criminal activity is buzzing like a beehive. The rear of the Walgreen's and the south parking right on 26th is literally a convention of unsavory characters. In cars, bicycles and just walking around . The average person pulling into these establishments would be horrified if they knew what was slithering only feet from them. I believe the "budget Inn" has alot to do with this, there sure was enough foot traffic going back and forth across US 1. Look for the three guys who "hold court" on the bus bench between McDonald's and the Walgreen's, (Boss being one of them)seem to to be running things. I was there one night and I can tell wasn't pretty. Especially for taxes residents pay in this area.
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