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Will Bevo residents have to foot the bill for a police substation to open?

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - After a rash of violent crimes in the South St. Louis neighborhood of Bevo, residents called on police to open a substation and increase patrols, but the substation has monetary hurdles to cross before it can open.

In February, officials told News 4 that the substation would be opening in the "next week or two," but two months later the station is still lacking the supplies needed for it to become fully functional.

"The initial plan was to have the computer systems in there," said Captain Steve Mueller of the delay. "I think there was some misunderstanding to who was supposed to pay for that."

Captain Mueller said there was an assumption that the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce, which will house the substation on the second floor of its building, would pay for the police computers needed to make the substation fully operational, but that is not the case.

Residents want the substation to open immediately, considering the drastic increase in crime this year. Robberies are up 130 percent and there have been four homicides in the neighborhood so far in 2015, compared to none in the same time period in 2014.

“The Bosnians are covering all the costs, stepping up to the plate. They want a better neighborhood to protect all of us. Just the presence of police on the streets will make everybody feel better,” Dave Tallent with Better Bevo Now Neighborhood Watch said in January.

The cost of paying for the police computers has now fallen to the citizens of the Bevo community, who have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funding.

Their goal is to raise enough money to have the computers in time for a grand opening on May 16.

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