Here is a recap of what’s been going on:
Armed robbery at the Gulf Station on High Street on May 18th: http://m.wfmz.com/pottstown-armed-robber-on-the-loose/26046054
Student arrested at Pottstown High School, allegedly robs another student at gunpoint on May 28th: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140528/updated-student-arrested-at-pottstown-high-school
Shooting near Brian’s Cafe (scene of a murder last year) on May 31st: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140531/updated-late-night-pottstown-shooting-sends-man-to-hospital
Armed robbery at Wells Fargo Bank on High Street (East End) on May 31st: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140531/updated-high-street-bank-robbed-fbi-seeks-armed-suspect
Police investigating gunshots near Wilson and Spruce Streets on June 2nd: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140602/pottstown-police-investigating-gunshots-near-wilson-and-spruce-streets
Police are investigating a shooting in Pottstown on Chestnut Street on June 3rd: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140603/updated-man-injured-after-shooting-in-pottstown-video
UPDATE: Police are investigating a homicide on Jefferson Avenue in Pottstown on June 5th: https://www.facebook.com/CrimeInPottstown and also the Pottstown Mercury: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140606/man-found-dead-in-car-in-pottstown
I think the examples above should be some kind of RED FLAG that there is a problem with violent crime in the borough. And frankly, these are just the big incidents that I could find quickly to illustrate this problem. A town of 22,480 (2012) should not have this much crime.
People are afraid. People should expect more for their extremely HIGH TAXES. If the Pottstown Police Department is overwhelmed then by all means call Harrisburg and ask for some help. HINT: Kathleen Kane’s Office for starters. There is nothing wrong with asking for assistance. Be proactive instead of reactive. Maybe “keeping a lid on the powder keg” needs to be replaced with a better strategy?????