October 26, 2005
There was a sense of relief for some residents after an alleged repeat robber was taken off the streets of Charlottesville.
Not once. Not twice, but at least six, according to Charlottesville Police, that's how many times 42-year old Elijah Edmundson, Junior committed crimes in the city.
A number so high, by the time of Edmundson's arrest, it leaves one Charlottesville resident taken aback.
"A little shocked, actually, because I hadn't heard anything," a Charlottesville resident going only by the name of Kay.
The resident, out walking her dog with her husband, was surprised to find out Edmundson allegedly stole a car near her home. He's charged with three counts of grand theft auto for stealing two more cars in other parts of the city.
"So, we'll just be a little more careful about locking up at night," said Kay.
The 42-year old robber is also charged with one count of robbery from the Go Kart Mart on Harris Street and breaking & entering, as well as one count for possession of cocaine, and receiving stolen property. Aside from those six charges, Edmundson is charged with others offenses, in Albemarle County.
On the 600 block of Watson Avenue, where a car was stolen, residents say they still feel safe.
"It's a very nice neighborhood. [It's] very quiet, a lot of people have been here for a really long time. [It's] safe," added Kay.
With a rash of burglaries around the city, leaving police and residents in Charlottesville feeling concerned, both are breathing a sigh of relief as another alleged suspect sits behind bars.
According to Charlottesville Police, the rate of burglaries is down 8% compared to this time last year even with the rash of burglaries in recent weeks.