Is East Montgomery Seeing An Increase in Crime? - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Is East Montgomery Seeing An Increase in Crime?

Add them together; a home invasion, burglaries, multiple car break ins, and you might understand why several people on Montgomery's East side are concerned about an increase in crime.

One man in particular experienced it first hand, when he came face to face with an armed burglar two days ago and came away with a busted scalp.

"I was sitting here watching the kids swim and got up to walk," said Steven Kelly.

Wednesday was an off day for Kelly, so he invited two Arrowhead subdivision neighbor kids over to swim with his children.  Then he noticed something.

"There was a man standing there in the living room," he said.

Kelly says that shocked him.

"I was caught by surprise," said Kelly.

It also scared him, too, but not for his own safety.

"When I saw the gun I was more worried about if they got through me, my children were next," he said.

Which is why in the heat of the moment, he went inside to confront the burglar. He didn't know about a second man.

"I grabbed his hand and pushed the gun away from me. About that time I got hit in the head," he explained.

Kelly's case happened the same day burglars startled two other families in their homes on the east side, and even more burglaries have followed. Case in point: Thursday night four people at Aldersgate Church had their cars broken into and thousands taken. So is this just a spike in activity or the start of a trend?

Mayor Bobby Bright has one explanation.

"It's not unusual during the summer months when we have a lot of idle time a lot of young people who are inquisitive and they go out and get involved in activity," Bright said.

Steve Kelly believes you can find crime anywhere. He just thinks it's moving closer to his well off neighborhood because of a simple equation.

"If someone has something that someone else wants...they're going to go where it's at," Kelly said.

At last word, Montgomery Police had no suspects in any of the burglary and assault cases we've mentioned here worse, it appears none of them are linked in any way.

Which means if you add all the numbers together from victim accounts, there are about a dozen suspects still prowling.

Even arts organizations are suffering. Managers from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival filed a police report Friday saying someone had stolen about three thousand dollars in electrical cable from the theatre there.

Reporter: Chris Holmes

  • NewsMore>>

  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:16 PM EDT2018-05-26 00:16:41 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>
  • Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-05-26 00:15:45 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>
  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-05-26 00:15:26 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly