Residents ready to clean up troubled Northaven neighborhood - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Residents ready to clean up troubled Northaven neighborhood

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is searching for burglars who broke into Northaven Elementary School.

Northaven residents said Friday they are on the look-out for any activity that jeopardizes their efforts to take back their neighborhood.

The latest crime in Northaven involves four burglars stealing Apple laptop computers from Northaven Elementary School.

"I think that's pretty bad that they have got to break into the schools," said Northaven resident Arvie Poole.  "My little granddaughter, she goes there."

Public Affairs Officer for the Shelby County Mayor's Office, Steve Shular said the issue is bigger than burglaries.  He said that is why the community is coming together.

"We've been up here now for the last four years," said Shular.  "We've been meeting right here behind me at Northaven Elementary School in the library every month."

Shular said a core group of residents, the health department, code enforcement, and Northaven Elementary Principal Louis Padgett have all been working to reestablish a sense of pride in the community.

"When you drive into Northaven, you'll see a sign that says, 'Welcome to Northaven: A Community we can be Proud of,'" said Shular.  "That's the indication of what we're attempting to do to rebuild this area."

The Shelby County Sheriff's and Mayor's Offices said they are beefing up their efforts in three specific areas: fighting crime, fighting blight, and fighting gang activity.

"It's a challenge, but we have focused on that area and we have seen results," said Shelby County Public Information Officer Chip Washington.  "Some of the residents have seen results as well."

Poole said he and other Northaven residents are ready and willing to take back their neighborhood.

"The neighbors and everything, we're willing to work with Shelby County," said Poole.  "If they need us for spotters or whatever, all they got to do is come talk to us."

If you have any information about the burglary suspects, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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