Neighbors: “We need help, theft and vandalism getting out of hand”


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Vandalism is something people in one Fort Wayne neighborhood say they’ve been dealing with the past two years.  But now, they say things are starting to get out of hand:  slashed tires, property being stolen, and vehicles being broken into.  Folks in the Crestwood Addition on the northeast side say nothing’s being done to stop it from happening again.

Over the last few weeks, people in that addition have reported more than a dozen instances of theft and vandalism.  Mostly to vehicles.  But, it’s raising a lot of concern about what may happen next.

Lots of neighbors tell NewsChannel 15 they think it’s teens who are responsible for everything.  What started off as egging homes and cars has escalated into something more.  James Schramm and Brenda Kolb who live in the Crestwood Addition near Northrop High School say everything is happening overnight.  All of which they’ve reported to the Fort Wayne Police Department.  But, since it keeps happening neighbors tell us they don’t feel the neighborhood is safe anymore.

“It was late at night and they were trying to get into my car and I just hit the car alarm and they ran off,” explained upset neighbor James Schramm.

“I come home at 11:30, 12:30 at night and I’m afraid to get out of my car,” neighbor Brenda Kolb said, “I am scared.  I do look around.  I’ve never had to do that in my life in this neighborhood.  I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we need help out here.”

NewsChannel 15 was able to confirm with police that thefts and vandalism have been happening here.  The spokesperson for the Fort Wayne Police Department, Michael Joyner, tells us the department is aware of the situation and will inform officers accordingly.

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