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Police want ‘good neighbors’ in fight against crime

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Recent hold-up on Casey Avenue a reminder of reason to report suspicious activity

A Lebanon woman was robbed in her garage two weeks ago, and the Kentucky State Police are still investigating the case.
In light of that incident, local law enforcement are encouraging city and county residents to be good neighbors by being aware of and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
The robbery occurred at 10 a.m. Oct. 14, at 340 Casey Avenue. According to the Kentucky State Police, April Litsey had just pulled into her garage when a masked man with a gun approached her and demanded money. Litsey gave the man an unspecified amount of money, and he fled the scene.
A state trooper, a K-9, and local law enforcement searched the area, but were not able to locate the subject. The state police's only description is that the suspect is believed to be a black male.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police by calling 1-800-222-5555 or by texting a tip to 67283.
A few days after that incident, Casey Avenue residents held a neighborhood meeting and they invited Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements to attend.
“Folks were concerned about it. Rightfully so,” Clements said.
Following the hold-up, the sheriff’s office received two reports that same week of possible suspicious activity in the neighborhood. Clements said his office looked into both incidents, but neither turned out to be anything criminal.
Clements said he believes people were understandably nervous after the hold-up, and he encourages everyone to be aware of anything unusual.
“Be a good neighbor. Watch out for your neighbors,” he said.
Clements added that his office has received multiple calls concerning suspicious vehicles since the hold-up, and he is hopeful that it was an isolated incident.
In the City of Lebanon, the Lebanon Police Department has expanded its neighborhood watch program during the past year. Police Chief Wally Brady said his department has set up neighborhood watches in at least six places in Lebanon.
“It makes people a little more alert,” he said about the program.
Brady said police officers may only pass through an area a few times during a shift, while the people who live there are more familiar with what is and isn’t normal.
“If they see something out of the ordinary, report it and let us check it out,” he said.
Lebanon residents interested in a neighborhood watch should contact Sgt. Donald Jewell at the police department (270-692-2121).
The sheriff’s office does not have a neighborhood watch program, but Clements said people could help by just paying attention to what is going on around them.
Brady and Clements both encouraged the community to let them know about suspicious activities, but they discouraged the public from trying to take the law into their own hands.
“Is someone stealing your weed-eater worth shooting somebody? Call the police,” Clements said.