We have learned that there has been a substantial increase in burglaries in the area around 15th and Cherry within the past couple of months. Multiple residences have been hit and it appears to be occurring mostly during the day.
Last night, several residents of this area came to the EPCPC (East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition) meeting to tell their stories. A few houses have had multiple break-ins in the past month and the residents feel that the thieves are watching their activities, waiting for them to leave for work, and then breaking into their homes. They also say that another tactic used by the thieves is simply to go door to door knocking to see if people are home. Neighbors in that area say that there has been a significant increase in the amount of knocks at the door during the day and advised people not to ignore these knocks, and make it known that someone is home.
One of the residents that has been hit multiple times claims that police have done, well, jack squat. The thieves have left finger prints and have even used stolen personal checks to pay their cell phone bills, but police tell them that they don’t have enough evidence to arrest the “alleged” thieves. Another resident claims to have been home at the time one of these “alleged” thieves was casing the house and caught him in the act of standing on another’s shoulders to gain entry to the second floor. When police arrived, the resident was able to visually identify the suspects, but the police told them that the “alleged” thieves broke no laws because they were just looking in. The resident claims that the officer refused to even question the suspects.
Many residents of this area are very frustrated with the way these situations have been handled by the police and urged the rest of the neighborhood to be alert and more aware of the people and activities that occur in the neighborhood. At the meeting they were reassured by the police that they would get to the bottom of this.