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Small town police departments credit tight community for solving crime

Arsons and several robberies are just some of the crimes the Auburn Police Department has handled over the past year.

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 10:25 PM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - Small towns across the region are cracking down on crime.

Arsons and several robberies are just some of the crimes the Auburn Police Department has handled over the past year.

And many times a suspect is behind bars in a matter of days.

There were two robberies this week in the city of Auburn.

Police are still looking for the man who held up the Walmart on Wednesday.

Monday, the Marco's Pizza on the edge of town was robbed, but police arrested Nickolas Jordan, 28, Tuesday.

"Obviously it's grown and with the society we live in today, it makes it a little difficult because crime is going to move," said Nicholas Freed.

"It appears the law enforcement here in auburn are staying on top of things," said Bernie Muzzillo.

Muzzillo has lived in Auburn his entire life.

He thinks the fact Auburn is a small town is helping police fight crimes.

"It's a close nit community. a lot of people keep their eyes open and ears open," he said.

Auburn police chief Martin McCoy said that's what really helps officers who are "committed to our community."

"They take it personal when something like this happens so that makes them work even a little harder," McCoy said.

Last summer, Auburn PD also investigated two arsons that brought the community even closer together.

The Penguin Point was set fire in late June, then the following week it was the Eckhart Public Library that was destroyed by a fire.

Jessica Sweitzer and Nikolas Elkin were caught within a week and are serving time in prison for those crimes.

McCoy said that's because the community isn't afraid to come forward when something is wrong, even if it isn't a crime.

"I know one time they came to our house and went down to the basement and found a critter down there because we heard noises," said Freed.

McCoy encourages anyone that may seem a little off to give police a call.

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