Dozens of car break-ins at gated community in East St. Louis - KMOV.com

Dozens of car break-ins at gated community in East St. Louis

(KMOV.com)  - Many residents of a gated community in East St. Louis are furious over a series of recent car break-ins that they believe could have been prevented.

East St. Louis Police said between 10 and 15 cars were broken into at the Central City Apartments Monday night. Residents said it was the second time in recent months that cars have been targeted. Residents are even more upset because they pay for a security gate, which has been broken for months.

“My old lady works hard for money to put this car out here, and its crazy how this community is. You pay this much money for nice apartments but they have no security, they should have cameras and campus security,” said resident Brandon Coleman, who had his car broken into.

Residents are demanding the gate be fixed and for more police protection.

“I was going to make a report, but the police don’t do anything,” said resident and victim Tenia Thomas. “They just wrote it down on a little piece of paper. I thought took fingerprints so they can go out and catch the person, but they don’t.”

East St. Louis Police said they plan to send patrol cars to the apartment complex more often. News 4 left a message with Central City Apartments, who did not return multiple calls.

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