Hayti Heights police cars burned

By Heartland News

HAYTI HEIGHTS, MO (KFVS) - The Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department is investigating two Hayti Heights police cars after they were burned.

It happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.  Hayti Heights mayor Theola Mooney says the only two police officers the town had resigned earlier in the year, and now the cars are gone as well. The two cars were the only police cars in the town.

In the four months since Mooney's been mayor, she says City Hall has been vandalized and the town's police substation has been broken into in addition to the torched cars.

But the city isn't the only victim. Mooney says another car in Hayti Heights was burned and several homes and even a business has been robbed.

"Just to know someone here would think so little of our community (is upsetting)", said Hayti Heights minister Edward Taylor.

Taylor moved back to Hayti about a year ago. He came back in hopes of revitalizing the town and helping the area's youth. But now, he worries about everyone who lives there.

"What we want to be able to do is pull the community together and show some type of unity", he said.

County investigators must now work to solve the city's long list of crimes. Additionally, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department has been covering the town since it does not have any police officers.

In the meantime, Taylor wonders why anyone would continue to tear his city down when so many people are working so hard to lift it back up.

"We need all the positive things that we can grab a hold to and to be able to say that we are a people that matter," Taylor said.

No one was injured in the fire.

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