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TPD's first summer gang sweep

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 62 year old Ralph Thornton works and lives in the Bancroft, Upton, Monroe and Auburn area also know as the BUMA area. A high crime area where Toledo police, FBI, DEA and ATF are picking up gang members.

"We need our neighborhoods to be back safe we need to get control over it the situation and get some of these guns off the streets because they are just killing our kids," said Ralph Thornton a concerned citizen. 

In April police rounded up numerous gang members and told them, at the first shooting or murder officers would do whatever it takes to stop the violence.

"Just not the person who did it but everybody involved in the group will pay the price," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan from the Toledo Police Department.  

Shortly after police met with various gang members. they say one of them who attend the meeting was linked to several shootings in the BUMA area. 

"What shooting was it? I'm not going to tell you that right now?" said Sgt. Heffernan. 

Sgt. Joe Heffernan won't release the information. He's concerned about the safety of the witnesses involved the case. Police say this is not a game.
These are the feet of guy affiliated with a gang. He was on the list of parole search warrants. TPD conducted 14 those search warrants at various locations of gang members on parole. They made 14 arrests and identified four new gang members.

Officers are watching the area from high above. Police sources tell 13abc authorities are watching this business on Ottawa drive.  It's called the Wash.It's a car wash and after hours club where officers say gang members hang out. A spot police will most likely bust in hopes of stopping the violence. Crimes that concern this Toledoan.

"You can't probably never stop them but you can slow them down," said Thornton a concerned citizen.

Residents will see officers in the BUMA area a lot. Police say this is just the beginning of the gang sweep.


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