West Toledo neighborhood fed up with break-ins

Posted by Kate Oatis email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - It's been a little more than a month since Toledo's Northwest District Police Station had its final roll call.

Some wonder if there's a connection between that event and the increase in the number of break-ins around their neighborhood in the 2400 block of Charlestown in west Toledo.

Indeed, someone broke down Pat Fields' doggie door on Sunday or Monday.

"They took the majority of my jewelry. They also took the remaining ashes of my husband," Fields said.

The truth is, criminals seem not to be deterred by activity around the homes.

For example, Karen Lake has installed motion detector lights, keeps her porch light on and talked to a security company. But, she says crimes have increased since the Northwest District Station cutbacks.

She wants the police back on the streets.

"They would cut through our street and it was like a little patrol, made us feel kind of secure," said Lake.

Councilman Tom Waniewski says the problem is that officers are not on the streets in west Toledo. Waniewski says he'll be in contact with Chief Mike Navarre who is very receptive to crime concerns.

In the meantime, victims want justice.

"I hope we can get a lead and they catch 'em. I mean this is just ludicrous," Fields said.