Springtime Crime on the Rise

Springtime Crime on the Rise
By: CJ Cassidy

I

t's no secret
;
as temperatures steadily rise
,
police say so does crime
,
leading up to the summer months.

B
ut investigators in
C
ape
G
irardeau find themselves juggling more than their typical share of spring time crime.

P
olice aren't calling it a
"
trend
"
just yet
,
but from dealing with suspicious fires to shootings
,
officers have had their hands full
,
especially in the last 24 hours.

"E

very summer people are going to act crazy
!" B
ut this is still
S
pring
,
and
H
elen
A
llen's angry.

S

till who can blame her?

S

hards of broken glass injured
A
llen when a bullet meant for someone else
,
came through her house.

"I
say thank
G
od
I
'm safe
,
thank
G
od
I
'm safe
," Allen says.

A
ntonio
B
oaz lives two blocks down from
A
llen on
S
outh
E
llis
Street.

H
e knows exactly what it's like to be become a victim of violence.

B
oaz claims a group of eight young black men, attacked him and a friend early
T
uesday morning.

"I
fell to the ground twice they beat me up
,
kicked me
,
punched me in the head stomped me down every time.
I
kept getting up fighting them off
," Boaz says.

"T
raditionally dangerous crime does increase during summertime people out later at night
," Sgt. Barry Hovis with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says.

F
igures from 2004 and 2005 show more than 28
%
of the crime in
C
ape take place in summer
:
another reason why police want to stop springtime crime before it becomes a dangerous trend.

B
ut investigators say they can't do that without folks like
D
on
R
ice.

R
ice, called 911 when he spotted
a
blaze on
S
panish
S
treet
T
uesday afternoon.

I
nvestigators now call the fire suspicious
,
and thank rice for noticing another detail
:
this one involving a vehicle in the area.

"J
ust the way it was leaving
, was suspicious. I
was pulling up to the house
. I
was beside it and looking he darted out real quick almost hitting the front of my truck
," Rice says.

C
ape
P
olice are working with the fire department as part of a joint arson investigation team.

O
fficers ask you to step up just like
D
on
R
ice did
,
if you have any information on the fire
,
the shooting
,
or the alleged assault on
S
outh
E
llis
S
treet.

A
nd when it comes to staying safe
,
pay attention to your surroundings
,
and try not to stay out alone, late at night.