Crime Heating up in Huntington's Westmoreland Community

By: Tim Irr - Email
By: Tim Irr - Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A summer crime wave is heating up in the Westmoreland area of Huntington, leaving residents frustrated and ready to fight back.

There have been break-ins nearly every night for the past week in Huntington's Westmoreland community, which is located in Wayne County.

Even the site of a sheriff's cruiser parked in front of a house didn't deter thieves.

"I came out and found my lock cut off the building," Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Langdon said. "They left my weed eater and lawnmower but took pretty much anything they could put in a bookbag."

The crime wave has led to community action online where fellow Westmoreland resident Luke Huffman is rallying the troops.

"Seems like we don't know our neighbors," Huffman said. "We need to know the guy down the street two blocks down and two streets over."

Huffman is encouraging everyone in his neighborhood to jump on board his new "Project Westmoreland" Facebook page.

It includes a Gmail address where folks can contact Huffman with any community concerns -- crime or otherwise.

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