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Cameron Co. Man Wants More Patrols in Area after Fence Theft

3 years 4 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 28 2017 Mar 28, 2017 March 28, 2017 9:41 PM March 28, 2017 in News

BLUETOWN - A Cameron County man said he’s fed up with people trespassing on his property and stealing from him.

Bluetown resident Roberto Martinez said more patrols in his area are needed after dark. The resident has lived in the small town for more than 50 years. He said he takes pride in his property.

However, this week was upsetting after he found a part of his fence gone. He’s said thieves are stealing the metal for scrap.

“People now are taking all the metal they can take and selling it, and make a buck for whatever vices they have,” he said.

Martinez said he reported the theft to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office. He said his property has become a hot spot for illegal activity.

“I have about three prior notifications on the same thing,” he said.

Martinez’s home isn’t far from the Rio Grande. He said the busy Highway 281 makes for a quick getaway.

“Once it gets dark here, you don’t see except Border Patrol once in a while,” he said.

His neighbors, like Carmen Cantu, agree that it’s dangerous, especially when it’s dark.

“We need more lighting, more patrolling here. We don’t have enough. We don’t have any at all,” she said.

Martinez said he doesn’t expect to get the parts of his fence back. He just hopes the county does more to prevent these crimes in the future.

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office said they’ve only received one call for service from Bluetown this week. As for patrols, they sent the following statement:

“Our officers along with the constable make sure that as many patrols in the area are made. We have districts in the country area and we have officers assigned to a district to assure prompt service.”

Count on CHANNEL 5 NEWS to keep pressing for answers about lighting in the area. 

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