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Overall crime down in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The total number of all reported offenses is down 2%. In 2009 police investigated 16,402 offenses compared to 16,737 in 2008. Group "A" offenses (homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, etc) were down .47% in 2009. There were a total of 7,791 Group "A" offenses reported in 2009 compared to 7,828 reported in 2008.

There were three homicides in 2009, one of which concerned an officer involved shooting incident that was deemed to be a justifiable homicide. By comparison, there were two homicides in 2008.

Burglaries were down 5%, with 760 burglaries investigated in 2009, as opposed to 800 in 2008.

Armed robbery reports were up 28.32% from 113 in 2008 to 145 in 2009.

Theft offenses were down 10.23% from 1,682 in 2008 to 1,510 in 2009.


A big year for drug busts, with nearly $1.5 million worth of drugs seized.

The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force initiated 345 cases in 2009 compared to 378 in 2008. The Task Force made 195 arrests in 2009 compared to 251 arrests in 2008, executed 48 search warrants and investigated 35 meth labs and dumps. They seized 52 weapons, 15 motor vehicles and $194,396.47 in cash.

The Task Force also seized the following amounts of drugs:

DRUG SEIZURE                  AMOUNTS            STREET VALUE
Methamphetamine                796 grams            $79,600.00
(ICE) meth                8,067.2 grams            $1,210,000.00
Marijuana                23.03 pounds            $47,062.00
Crack Cocaine                387.7 grams            $77,540.00
Cocaine                488.6 grams            $48,860.00
Ephedrine                 600 tablets + 400 grams            $6,815.00
MSM                34 gram            $680.00
Ecstasy                 17 grams            $510.00
Pharmacy                1706 tablets            $14,060.00
Mushrooms                 several plants            $1,000.00
Heroin                 10 grams            $1,900.00
                  Total Street Value            $1,488,027.00
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