ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOX) – A neighborhood watch group in St. Ann has been credited for the arrest of an attempted burglary suspect on Friday, and about a half a dozen more in its first year.
St. Ann Mayor Michael Corcoran says the group, which started about 10 months ago tries to crack down on the heroin and methamphetamine in the area. Most of the arrests made have been for theft or drugs.
“We had a suspect who was reported by a neighborhood watch member that was at a vacant house,” explains Corcoran. “When officers arrived he was stealing copper and was apprehended.”
Corcoran says the neighborhood watch has gain popularity, promoting a dispatcher to offer up several tips on how to describing a suspect, or a suspicion vehicle.
The city offers gift cards to anyone who calls in a crime and leads to an arrest. Corcoran says the goal is to build a stronger community so people always feel safe where they live.