Business owners on Central corridor fed up with crime


KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS AT 10 STARTS
RIGHT NOW. CHRISTINE: BREAK-INS, DRUG
OVERDOSES, AND NEAR-DEATH
EXPERIENCES. BUSINESS OWNERS ALONG CENTRAL
SAY THAT HAS BEEN THEIR REALITY
FOR TOO LONG. ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER JUSTIN
MATTHEWS SHOWS US HOW SHOP
OWNERS ARE ESCAPING CRIME.  
 
 
 
JUSTIN: HERE’S SOMETHING YOU’RE
GOING TO SEE A LOT OF ALONG THE
CENTRAL CORRIDOR, AN EMPTY
STORE. THIS IS UNIQUE FINDINGS, AND
UNIQUE ANTIQUE SHOP. THE OWNER MOVED TO A NEW
LOCATION. HOPING THIS WOULD BE MUCH SAFER
IT HAS BEEN A WEEKEND OF GRAND
OPENINGS FOR SHOP OWNERS WANTING
TO ESCAPE DANGER.>>WHERE WATER RUNNING AWAY FROM
CRIME. — WE ARE WANDERING AWAY FROM
>>THEIR BROKEN DOORS CAME TO
OUR SKYLIGHTS, EVERY TIME WE
FIGURE OUT A WAY TO STOP THEM
THEY FIGURED OUT A WAY TO COME
IN. JUSTIN: BOTH SHOP OWNERS ARE FED
UP WITH ALL THE CRIME. WHAT WAS CHARLIE’S SPORTING
GOODS ON MENAUL AND MOON,
IS NOW ROBERT HERRINGTON’S
ANTIQUE SHOP. HE HAD TWO BUSINESSES IN THE NOB
HILL NEIGHBORHOOD OVER A 15-YEAR
PERIOD. HERRINGTON SAYS BUSINESS STARTED
TO SUFFER WITH ALBUQUERQUE RAPID
TRANSIT, THEN THE CRIME CAME
ALONG. HE FEELS A LOT SAFER BEING IN
THE NORTHEAST HEIGHTS NOW, AND
SAYS THE BUILDING IS MORE SECURE
TOO.  
 
 
 
>>NO WINDOWS, NO SKYLIGHTS. WE HAVE A METAL DOOR THAT ROLLS
DOWN. I FEEL I CAN GROW MY BUSINESS
AGAIN. DOWN THERE HAD NO POSSIBILITY OF
THAT HAPPENING. JUSTIN: THE SAME GOES FOR PEDRO
MORENO, WHO ALSO PICKED UP AND
MOVED. HIS STORE, U NEEK FINDINGS WAS
ON CENTRAL AND SAN MATEO FOR A
DECADE, ALSO PLAGUED WITH CRIME. FIRST WE SHOWED YOU A MURAL ON
THE SIDE OF HIS BUSINESS RUINED
WITH GRAFFITI. THEN, SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS SHOW
MORENO BEING STABBED BY SOMEONE
TWO YEARS AGO. WE SPOKE TO HIM IN THE HOSPITAL
AFTER IT HAPPENED. THEN A COUPLE MONTHS AGO,
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS AN
ALLEGED THIEF TRY TO FIGHT
MORENO’S BROTHER INSIDE THE
SHOP.  
 
 
 
>>BREAKING, TO DRUG OVERDOSE IN
FRONT OF OUR STORE, TO A CAR
DRIVING IN TO OUR WINDOWS, DRUNK
DRIVING. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. JUSTIN: MORENO HOPING THAT
LIST, ENDS, SO THEY CAN CARRY ON
WITH THEIR USINESS SAFELY IN
THEIR NEW HOME.  
 
 
 
>>THIS BUSINESS OWNER IS NOT
TAKING ANY CHANCES. THERE’S A SIGN WARNING EVERYONE
ABOUT 20 OUT FOR OUR
SURVEILLANCE AND HERE AT THE
FRONT DOOR YOU CAN SEE THE
SURVEILLANCE CAMERA.

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