Neighbors Say “Summer Of Terror” Ended With Arrests


UPDATED: Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:02 PM

Ami Arnet said she was home with her kids early one morning this summer, when thieves broke in.

"Our garage door wouldn't shut all the way, and it was only open 'yay much' and they crawled right underneath," said Arnet.

Her loud dogs helped chase the thieves away.

"Our computer was gone but other than that... they dropped my purse, thank god, and that was all they got," said Arnet.

Police said it was one of more than a dozen homes hit by thieves in a south east Columbus neighborhood near Brice Road over the summer.

"It was terrifying. I wouldn't let my kids outside because every other day we were hearing about something getting broken into, something got broken into," added Arnet.

"This is what we called our summer of terror," said Bob Young.

A few blocks over, Young said he also got hit hard by these thieves.

"Firearms, they took televisions, and considerable amount of my wife's jewelry, and jewelry that belonged to her and my mother which were heirlooms," said Young.

Young has lived here nearly two decades and said the neighborhood has never been stronger.

They banded together, formed a stronger block watch, and have been looking out for each other.

"There's more home security signs out here than there are flowers," he added.

Four suspected burglars have been arrested.  Columbus police said the neighborhood efforts have helped put an end to that type of crime.

"We've got a good group of people who are not going to back off, and they're not going to give up," added Young.

Of the four that have been arrested in connection to the crime, two remain in jail - Eddie Mims and Sharvess Phipps.

Police are still working to build their case against the alleged criminals.

But, for the time being, they are pleased to see the neighborhood back to normal.

Authorities are also reminding everyone to stay vigilant, lock doors and shut garages to prevent future crimes.

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"Firearms, they took televisions, and considerable amount of my wife's jewelry, and jewelry that belonged to her and my mother which was heirlooms," said Young.

Young has lived here nearly two decades and said now the neighborhood has never been stronger.

They banded together, formed a stronger block watch, and looked out for each other.

"There's more home security signs out here than there are flowers," he added.

Four suspected burglars have been arrested and Columbus police said the neighborhood efforts have helped put an end to that type of crime.

"We've got a good group of people who are not going to back off, and they're not going to give up," added Young.

Of the four that have been arrested in connection to the crime, two remain in jail -- Eddie Mims and Sharvess Phipps.

Police are still working to build their case against the alleged criminals.

But, for the time being, they are pleased to see the neighborhood back to normal.

Authorities are also reminding everyone to stay vigilant, lock doors and shut garages to prevent future crimes.

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