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Neighbors in Hardesty Village Fight Back Against Car Breakins
COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- People in a Columbus neighborhood are fighting back against crime. They tell ABC 6/FOX 28 they're sick and tired of thieves breaking into their cars.
It's happening at the Hardesty Village condos, off Eakin Road, in Columbus.
In her spare time, Deborah Davis cooks to keep her mind of what she describes as trouble in her neighborhood. "I'm a first time homeowner and I was really wanting this to be my sanctuary and it's turned out to be a nightmare," Davis said.
Davis just bought a car and says someone recently broke into it and her other car. They took a $200 pair of sunglasses, a payment book, and change. "I felt very violated. I didn't feel safe. I just didn't feel even comfortable in my own car because somebody else had been in it and I don't know who it is."
To find out who it is, neighbors have organized a block watch there. They're passing out flyers, urging people to get involved. Members tell ABC 6/FOX 28 there have been around 30 criminal incidents there since June.
Dee Hall, known as "Mister Dee" in the village, rides his bike through the complex looking for questionable activity. In fact, this past weekend, he says he and a friend caught two teens breaking into a car. "We both cornered them so they wouldn't be able to escape and I told them to sit down and I called 911 and police came ten minutes later and handcuffed them," Hall said.
That's why people there say they'll always lock their doors. It's caused enough of a headache to make Deborah Davis consider moving. But, in the meantime, she's got plans for the person behind the crimes. "I have no problem beating you with a ball bat and holding you until the cops come. So you better be looking out," Davis said.
Columbus police are investigating the crimes. If you live there and want to fight back, the next block watch meeting is in a couple weeks. Just be on the lookout for a flyer with the date, time and location.