Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Break-ins plague Capitol View ... again

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM

In January, when I spoke with a Capitol View homeowner we referred to as "Mary" in this news story — she didn't and still doesn't want to be identified by name — she predicted that when Spring rolled around, burglaries would spike in her Southwest Atlanta neighborhood yet again.

Based on the events of the past several days, she believes she was right.

Back in December, Capitol View residents were basically being terrorized by burglars. A neighbor named Andre told CL "I think a lot of people feel stuck and feel preyed upon. They're waiting for it to happen — it's not if [they'll be burglarized], it's when." During that month alone, there were nearly 30 home break-ins in the beat that contains Capitol View. Police took notice — Major Barbara Cavender said in an email, "I myself have taken notice of this disturbing trend and have directed additional resources to help curb this problem." — and things appeared to improve. But not for long.

On Monday evening, Captiol View Neighborhood Association president Darin Bohm posted on the group's Facebook page:

neighbors just reported a group of teens (about 7) wearing white gloves, black shirts with horizontal lettering ages probably 15-17 just ran down Allene (heading north from Genessee Ave area) one had a laptop computer shoved under shirt. They cut thru the back of the church parking lot at Allene and Dill and headed east down Dill AVE

Turns out the kids were coming from Mary's house. That night, when she went out for about two hours, burglars broke into her home and stole two laptops and a flatscreen TV. The previous day, burglars attempted to break into a rental home she owns nearby. And a brief neighborhood canvas revealed that at least two other homeowners on Mary's street were also broken into this week.

Neighbors say several arrests have been made in connection with the recent disturbances — an arrest for possession of a stolen gun after shots were fired in area, another for a burglary on Desoto Avenue, and three others for prowling on Allene Avenue — and the APD has upped patrols. Still, Capitol View residents are frustrated by the fact that every time there's an improvement in neighborhood safety, there's an inevitable spike in crime not long after.

"Why does it go up and down?" Mary wonders. "The entire neighborhood is under siege. It's frustrating. I just don't understand what's going on."

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