Tenants at Hartford apartment building worried about string of car break-ins
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
People living in one Hartford apartment complex said they are frustrated with an increasing number of car break-ins at the facility.
It is even more frustrating for residents because the parking garage has a chain-link fence, security cameras and a key-activated gate.
"We're paying $75 for these key cards," said tenant Ezekiel Scott. "Our cars to be protected, you know. I mean they not gonna protect our cars, they shouldn't make us pay this money."
Last September, the residents of the Boulevard West Apartments told Eyewitness News that they were rocked by the double murder of two tenants and now, the recent string of car burglaries have them worried about their personal property and safety.
"They're taking people's key cards. They're stealing tires. They're stealing rims," said one resident, who did not wish to be identified. "They're taking anything in the vehicles. They're stealing vehicles out of here."
One woman told Eyewitness News that criminals took several things out of her car and then caused about $8,000 worth of damage to the motor vehicle.
However, she is not the only one who was burglarized. According to her, about six people in the same complex have been a victim of a car break-in.
"My car is parked somewhere else because, I don't think, my car's not safe here," said tenant Jae Ortiz.
Ortiz told Eyewitness News that the apartment's management is trying to stop the problem. However, it is unclear if all the key cards are going to be reprogrammed or fix the surveillance cameras in the garage, which residents said do not work.
When Eyewitness News tried to talk to the building's management, they refused to comment, but released the following statement.
"Marks Group, LLC is not responsible for any loss or damage to any vehicle while it is on the property," the statement read. "The Hartford Police Department is aware of the situation and is working with our maintenance supervisor to do all that they can to rectify the situation."
The building officials added the tenants have been provided with a parking garage and is not responsible for "the action, damage or towing fees charged by the towing company."
The Hartford Police Department has arrested two men in their 20s who police said are responsible for the damage to one resident's car.
However, it appears that there may be other suspects involved in the car break-ins, according to police.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or by calling the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
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