Cincinnati District Shops See Increase in Crime

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POSTED: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 8:58pm

Jessica Escalante is still shocked that her business, J-Luxe was vandalized earlier this week.

She keeps watching the surveillance video hoping she'll recognize the suspects.

"They pulled our address from the wall and our mailbox. We don't know if it was a joke or if it was vandalism," Escalante said.

Just seconds away, another boutique called Hommework was burglarized earlier this month.

We first showed you this video last week.

"It took 15 minutes for them to take a lot of stuff they took over $20,000 worth of stuff," Carrasco said.

El Paso Police say the crimes are completely random, but business owners Jessica Escalante and Gloria Carrasco both want the same thing.

"Perhaps we need a little more security in the area. Especially nights when the bars are open or holiday season," Escalante said.

"It's absurd that at 1:30 p.m. someone would break into a store. Of course, we need more security," Carrasco said.

Gloria says she'd always felt safe in the Cincinnati area until now.

"It's scary. It's scary because this is supposed to be a secure area. This is new to us. Even though the bars are just next door we've never had anything like this before," Carrasco said.

Jessica doesn't want to discourage people from the area because she says this is a small problem with an easy fix.

"I still think it's a wonderful area, there's high traffic there's a lot of great restaurants restaurants a lot of great shops and I want it to keep growing I want it to keep booming so I think if we can control the situation. Just keep an eye out a little better, have more security," Escalante.

Both store owners are asking the public to contact their stores if anyone recognizes the people committing the crimes in the surveillance videos, each have placed their videos on Facebook as well.
 

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Get officers out of their cars and on the streets. Do you want to increase revenues for the city and county in addition to keep the public safe? There is plenty of people down there doing arrestable offenses.

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