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Neighbors report string of crimes in Northside

Posted at 5:08 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 18:16:27-04

CINCINNATI -- Django Kroner has put a lot of hard work into his business. He never expected two or three thieves to wipe out his savings.

Kroner's business, Canopy Crew, builds and rents custom tree houses.

"Starting a small business, you just have to make it work, one way or the other," he said.

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But over the weekend in Northside, thieves broke into Kroner's trailer and stole tools worth thousands of dollars.

"It hurts to know that it was in your neighborhood," Kroner said.

Several other properties were also hit, according to Cincinnati police.

On a Northside neighborhood Facebook group, residents reported a string of vandalism and other thefts. One woman said someone broke into her shed last week. And almost 50 car windows, many of them in Northside, were smashed last month.

Although property crime is slightly up from previous months, overall crime is down, Cincinnati Police Department data show. Violent crime, like homicides and rapes, are down more than 30 percent compared to last year. And total crime is below the neighborhood's five-year average.

Capt. Doug Wiesman said the posts online may be making people think there's more crime than there really is.

"We are below average for solid months in a row all the way from July through October," Wiesman said. "There's no question about it."

As for Kroner, he grew up in Northside and said he wasn't surprised.

"I don't think it's a neighborhood-specific thing at all," he said.

Wiesman said police have two suspects in custody who they believe broke into Kroner's business and other businesses in the area.

Kroner just wants his tools so he can get back to work.

"I mean, I love it here," he said. "I have no desire to move."