Car break-ins actually bring downtown residents closer together - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Car break-ins actually bring downtown residents closer together

There have been several car break-ins at the Liberty Lofts. Source: WBRC video There have been several car break-ins at the Liberty Lofts. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Downtown Birmingham residents are fighting back after a recent string of car break-ins.

Within the last few weeks there have been at least a dozen car break-ins here at Liberty Lofts on 1st Avenue North. Though it has been difficult to deal with, residents say it's actually tightened the bonds of neighbors.

Jacob Fyffe has lived downtown for more than two years and loves it, even after being a victim of a car break-in. He even came in contact with the suspect.

"He actually knocked on my door before I knew who he was and I answered the door," he said.

Fyffe says the suspect wrote fraudulent checks under his account.

"Four of them," Fyffe said. "And it total stole $1,300."

The break-ins don't sit well with Fyffe.

"The girls in our area and in our building were scared...afraid they might come across somebody, so that upset me," he said.

Through the emotion, neighbors say the crimes have made the community more aware of the area and each other. Residents have shared information, tips and possible suspect sightings through the Internet.

Fyffe says he and other tenants are asking that security cameras be installed in their building.

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