Some fear crime is back at Piccadilly Square

Posted at 8:38 PM, Sep 17, 2015

UNION TWP. (CLERMONT COUNTY), Ohio -- After a major drug investigation that led to dozens of arrests, people living at the Piccadilly Square Apartments fear the criminal activity is back.

In December, police led a sweep through the complex, with 42 suspects racking up a collective 131 counts involving drug trafficking. A three-month investigation centered on the sale and usage of heroin at the complex, police said.

According to the Union Township Police Department, there's not been a recent increase in crime at Piccadilly Square, but there was a possible overdose in one apartment this week. Union Township police officers routinely patrol the complex, according to the department.

But a resident, who didn't want to be identified out of fear for his safety, has noticed a subtle, troubling trend.

"I haven't noticed anything blatantly, but there's a lot of traffic in and out of here," he said. "It's suspect at the least."

Many residents said they mostly keep to themselves, but they'd like to see more police around -- and possibly more crackdowns to end the Piccadilly's problems once and for all.

"I don't trust anybody around here," Cindy Lovelace said. "I walked to the store and got ripped off, and I had my tires popped because of this place. I don't really socialize with anybody here. I don't know anybody here."