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Plan to Fight Crime in Wilson Neighborhood Backfires

Posted March 22, 2007

— A plan to curb crime in one Wilson neighborhood went up in smoke.

Officers parked an empty patrol car on Narrow Way to help deter criminals, but within 24 hours, someone stuffed a rag in its gas tank and torched the car.

Residents say the decoy seemed to work in the short time it was there. Some say they are furious that criminal targeted a protection plan with such a cruel act.

"What do I think about it?" asked resident Mildred Jones. "They would do anything. They would do anything."

Wilson police are now stepping up patrols in the neighborhood. Officers says that if the torched care was supposed to send a message, it has only strengthened their plan for more police presence in the area.

"It lets us know and the community know the type of person and the criminals that we're up against over there," Wilson police Capt. C.C. Smith said.

Investigators are still looking for the assailant in the case. Authorities say that person will face felony arson charges.


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  • Durham-Raleigh Mar 24, 2007

    "haha I love when people say "quit makeing racsit comments" but there not racist when there true"

    Wow! Where do I begin? Run-on sentence... poor spelling... doesn't understand nouns from verbs.

    Yes, thank you for representing the racist view point and proving what mental midgets most racists are.

    Back to the primordial ooze! Hurry! The sun is rising!

  • futbalfantic Mar 23, 2007

    haha I love when people say "quit makeing racsit comments" but there not racist when there true

  • Durham-Raleigh Mar 23, 2007

    Wow... only, what, three of six posts in the thread making quasi-racist allegations? What's up with WRAL.com tonight? Usually right-wing wackos would be drawn to this thread like, well, fireflies to a burning police car.

    Is there a flashin' siren on drudgereport.com tonight? FreeRepublic having a meet-up at the local Wal*Mart?

  • eldogg7 Mar 23, 2007

    what good is it to leave a police car in a high crime area? like the criminals don't know its empty. they know everything thats going on in their neighborhood, since most of them don't work.

  • Juliett Mar 23, 2007

    Blatant disrespect. How many hard working, law abiding people would dare do something like this?

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl Mar 23, 2007

    I am from Wilson, and honey, Wilson has BEEN the new Detroit for a LONG time!!!

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Mar 23, 2007

    Lighting a cop car on fire - now that's hardcore.

  • pdh1 Mar 23, 2007

    Welcome to the new Detriot!

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Mar 23, 2007

    This is totally a misunderstanding. They were trying to heat up the antenna to use as a crack pipe. It's not fair that neighborhoods get a bad rep just because one person doesn't know to break off the antenna before lighting it.