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Crime wreaks havoc in Atwater gated community

According to a citizen who spoke with a responding officer, the Atwater Police Department has received over 29 calls in just one week involving crime in the small gated community of  Castle Gardens and Castlewood housing in Atwater. Thieves have been brazen, breaking into homes while people are still inside, and are also stealing cable wires and breaking into vehicles. This is all happening in a gated community, and the local residents are tired of all the crime that plagues the area.

One victim had several thousand dollars stolen, another has seen an increase in tagging, one pregnant woman reported being robbed, all of it leading to an increased concern for those who thought gated communities meant safer communities.

“A lot of people feel unsafe here. The complex needs some type of security, because the gate is clearly not working” said one of the residents who wished to be anonymous that contacted ALLmercednews.

If anyone sees any suspicious activity, please call  the Atwater Police Department at 209-357-6396.

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