Stolen guitars, sex in public: Neighbors reporting issues in Hamilton area cleared of homeless

Frustration is increasing again in Hamilton’s Lindenwald neighborhood, where people have been reporting thefts, even when video cameras clearly are posted. One naked couple recently was seen openly having sex, upsetting neighbors.

The area is the same one, around the northern end of Madison Avenue, where city crews recently cleared brush and trees where homeless people were living outdoors.

“Just caught 2 people completely naked having sex,” the account of Ashley and Ben Wilson wrote on Facebook. “And lucky me, my little girl was home sick from school and walked outside to get into our van just to see the whole thing … I’m beyond (upset) and I chased them down to let them know just how I felt!”

Ashley Wilson was among the leaders of an effort to rid the neighborhood of people who were openly using drugs in their area and stealing many items, including bicycles and plants from their porches.

Police Chief Craig Bucheit said an officer was in the area Tuesday speaking with people about the issues.

“It’s a pretty profane act,” he said about the open sex. “We’ll try to locate these people, we’ll keep an eye out.”

Bucheit reiterated the call he and other city officials have issued previously for people to use Hamilton’s electronic 311 system to report ongoing issues using computers or smart phones or to call emergency 911 if there is an immediate need for officers at a scene.

“Anything that’s occurring that needs immediate action, call 911,” Bucheit said. “And the 311 is more for after-the-fact, or chronic, or follow-up.”

Lindenwald is a neighborhood of generally well-kept homes that also has the city’s most active neighborhood association.

The chief noted that the clearing of brush on the CSX railroad property behind neighborhood houses curtailed some of the problems.

“Before all that stuff was cut down, who knows what was going on that people weren’t seeing?” Bucheit said. “I would say having gone through the efforts we have down there, the people who are in the neighborhood, it makes their surveillance of the area more effective, and so I would expect they’re going to see more people.

“But, in the past when the community wasn’t as involved with the police, those things may have gone unreported.”

Dakota Logan, who lives on Bishop Avenue, had a $980 custom guitar stolen from the side of his house, where a UPS driver had left it without requiring a signature.

“It was damn near a $1,000 guitar,” Logan said. “I didn’t even receive the guitar. They stole it off the side of my house before I could even get it in the house. It was delivered by UPS and they didn’t make me sign for it, at $980.”

“They walked through two security cameras that just happened to be dead, coincidentally, at the time.”

He hopes to recover the guitar because he doesn’t believe there’s another like within at least 100 miles.

“This person must have been really desperate for some money, to walk right into my property, next to my vehicles and stuff, to get to where he did, to get the guitar,” he said.

Another neighborhood video shows a balding man in a T-shirt sneaking across a Brough Avenue porch, grabbing a plant and hurrying off.

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