String of thefts leads to curfew in Pineville
Following a string of recent vandalism and thefts, city officials in Pineville have ordered a curfew.
Pineville Mayor Scott Madon announced the order Wednesday on Facebook.
For several weeks, calls have flooded the Pineville Police Department reporting thefts and other crimes.
“Eight or nine calls in one day in a small town like ours that’s a lot," said Madon. “I am charged with protecting the people of Pineville and their property and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The curfew goes from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. until further notice. Madon thinks because police were not patrolling as much because of COVID-19, crime went up.
"I think that word got out that we weren’t doing that so they were more apt to be out running and doing things," said Madon.
Now he says patrol will be stepped up.
"We're not going to let them destroy people's property anymore. We're not going to let them steal off of people. If they are out doing that we're going to put them in jail," said Madon.
Madon told WYMT the curfew is targeted at those walking at night in alleys and trespassing on others property.
Mike Long has lived in Pineville for years and for the last month, and he has heard many people living on his street have had their belongings stolen off their porches.
“I’ve got some cameras and some other stuff around my home that would actually capture those and a lot of them are there now especially with what’s been going on their home," said Long.
He is thankful some action is being taken to try to stop the crime.
“They’ve made this change because of reactions to people calling them and telling them that there’s a problem or they wouldn’t have caused this," said Long.
Madon says those returning home from work late at night past the curfew do not have to worry. They will not be stopped.