Increased patrols by the Auburn Police Department have resolved – at least temporarily – a recent problem with unruly teens loitering and vandalizing property in the city’s Heritage Way subdivision.
“I haven’t seen any of the kids around out there,” said resident Charles Sewell, a former city councilman who with a couple of neighbors on July 1 appealed to the city council for increased patrols.
“But the police have been absolutely saturating us, one right behind the other – five, six cars easily a day. They come in at night and when they get to my street, they turn on their floodlights and drive down my street. “We see them, my brother Ray and I. We wave at them when we see them. If I’m in the house, I turn on the light and go out on the porch. We are saying, ‘We see you. We do see you.’” The officers’ subtle battle of the wills with Sewell apparently is due, in part, to the fact that this is not the first time he has complained about inadequate police patrols of his neighborhood.
The last time, he said, the increased patrols were short-lived and that is what he expects to happen this time, once the publicity has died down.