Tremont residents join together to keep streets safe after armed robberies

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TREMONT, Ohio- Residents of a Cleveland neighborhood banded together Monday night to keep their streets safe.  Dozens of people who live in Tremont attended a meeting to talk about preventing crime in their community.

The residents brought up several concerns, ranging from drivers running stop signs to recent armed robberies.  They believe addressing the issues and coming together as a community will help keep criminals out of their neighborhood.

Second District Commander Thomas Stacho took questions from residents at a meeting at the OLA/St. Joseph Center, for people who live in Tremont.

"What's different about Tremont is the meetings like this. We come together and we do things.  We get our porch lights on; we watch out for our neighbors; we walk around; we call the commander; we go to meetings; we keep ourselves informed," said Tremont resident, Lynn McLaughlin.

"If you have concerned citizens out here, you know, expressing their concerns, things of that nature, hopefully everybody will be on the same page and work in concert to try to keep crime down in this particular community," said resident, Randy Norfus.

Last Tuesday, Cleveland police arrested 21-year-old Brandon Tyrone Durrette and a 14-year-old boy, charging them with multiple robberies in Tremont and other west side communities.

"We got a lucky break recovering the cell phone from one of the suspects in the crime. Thankfully this child, an 11-year-old child, came forward and it really gave us a piece of information that was helpful and really helped us break this case," said Second District Commander Thomas Stacho.

"Three of the crimes happened almost practically right outside our house. We're gonna get cameras. We have police patrolling the neighborhood now, so what else could we ask for," said resident, John Moss.

“It was hard work by the detectives that helped us not only solve the crimes in Tremont, but also solve probably two dozen or more aggravated robberies that occurred in Tremont, in the second district, in the first district and in Lakewood," said Stacho.

Tremont residents said looking out for each other is the best way to keep their neighborhood crime-free.

"We know crime is gonna happen. You can't live anywhere, in the suburbs, or anyplace where there isn't crime; it's what you do about it," said McLaughlin.