There is outrage in a Jackson neighborhood over a rash of home and business burglaries. The attacks have been so vicious that one house was left with a gaping hole in its side.
Residents of Ward 3 appealed to Councilman Kenneth Stokes for help and he called on the media to shine some light on the situation.
Tobias Shelton's house had a new entry when he returned and it wasn't something he asked for.
Shelton said, "This is a new way for them to get inside your house. They just taking everything off side your house coming in with a hole in the wall."
Thieves made off with everything from televisions to his children's Christmas gifts and a big repair bill to boot.
Percy Lee Greenwood said, "Whoever is patrolling this area is not doing there job."
Just around the corner, burglar bars were not enough to keep thieves out of Percy Lee Greenwood's convenience store. He's been here 17 years and this isn't the first time he's been hit.
Greenwood said, "I don't want them to baby sit me, but at least every now and then, you can ride through here and look. This is the second time in the last six months. They knocked a hole in the wall back there, nobody sees nothing; people walk the street all night, nobody sees nothing, nobody knows nothing and so something need to be done about it."
Councilman Kenneth Stokes said, "What hurts is that, number one, it's at Christmas time. Number 2, this is the historical area of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior and for someone to violate his memories and what he stood for is just senseless."
Stokes said he is putting criminals and any pawn shops that would accept the stolen goods, on notice.
Stokes said, "It's our understanding it's probably no one out this neighborhood, but they're traveling through neighborhoods stealing and doing everything they can and we're going to get them."
Councilman Stokes urged residents to be aware and take extra precautions, especially during the holidays because, he said, there has been a spike in crime in some Ward 3 neighborhoods.
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