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Bar patrons continue to violate personal property

Another incidence of a bar patron trespassing on my property and performing illegal acts.

It was another eventful weekend on North Main Street. While I have video to corroborate the event that took place, the police have asked me to withhold from posting it for the time being to give them some time to look for the person involved. Not to mention the images are not exactly safe for public posting.

On Saturday morning, I woke up to find emails from my video surveillance system that something had triggered the alarm in my driveway at around 3:25am.. The emails included pictures of a man standing in my driveway with his coat pulled halfway down his back and facing away from my camera.  Naturally, I  then reviewed all the video footage from around that time.

Starting at 3:20, I could see the man standing in front of La Dolce Vita interacting with one of the bouncers. He handed him something, but I couldn’t tell what it was. A moment later, he walked down the street with one of the girls who I believe dances at the club.  I says this because she arrives with a van full of the same women every night the club is open.

They walked down as far as my neighbor’s house, where her van was parked out front. She opened the passenger door and leaned into the car. He stood directly behind her, pressing up against her from what I could tell. The door was open and they were standing behind it, so I can’t be 100% certain of what was going on there.

They stayed there for about a minute, and then she took his hand and they walked back towards the bar. He didn’t seem interested in going back there, and eventually she walked away and left him standing alone. He waited by himself for another minute or so, then turned and walked toward my house.

Once he reached my neighbor’s front steps, he climbed them and hopped over the wall into my driveway. At which point, figuring he was in a private area (my private area, not his, but whatever), he undid his pants and, well, I’m just going to say he took care of unfinished business.!  He did this right behind our car, using it as both cover and target. Sated, he climbed back over the wall, got straight into a taxi and went on his way.

I have no words to describe how I felt when I saw this. If these are the kind of individuals these places are bringing into our towns, it’s an understatement to say that something absolutely needs to be done. It’s bad enough there are numerous houses surrounding this club, but in addition there is an elementary school only two blocks away! How our village allows these places to conduct the kind of business they do, that attracts the kinds of clientele they do is simply beyond any reason I can fathom.

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Robski48 October 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I know I'm going to get blasted for this one, but here it goes. I do feel bad for Sean, as no one deserves this to happen to them, but he does bare some of the blame for his nightmare. The bars have been there prior to him buying his house in 2011 (courtesy of lohud dot com real estate database). La dolce vita has been there since I believe the mid to late 90's. There have been problems there since then as it was the same kinda bar as today. He had to know the problems that came there. When I bought my house, I sat on the street at all hours of the night to see what was going on, numerous times I called the PD numerous amount of times inquiring about the area. I even did Internet searches. If he did his due diligence and still choose to buy into this nightmare, then see my point? Not picking on him, just bringing out a point that needed to be said.
Robski48 October 04, 2012 at 10:36 PM
@Linda..with the limited and constantly being reduced manpower, do we have enough police to devote to one property? I pay as much if not more taxes than that building/bar and have had two burglaries in a year on my street and a (what I know) drug dealer living five houses down. Am I entitled to a police officer solely for my street? The answer is obviously no, cause we don't have enough for services like that. What about all the other taxpayers in town that think they are being protected, but all the resources are at this bar? The only answer to Sean's problem is to shut BOTH bars down and I don't see that happening in a ever liberal society.
Sean A. McNerney October 04, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Robski, I certainly won't blast you. You're opinion is valid. Maybe I could have done more due diligance before buying my home. However, I don't see where I'm not taking any responsibility for the problems in my area. I invested in a security/surveillance system. I am up many a night keeping an eye on mine and my neighbors properties myself. Not taking responsibilty, at least in my opinion, would be to do nothing. Even though problems were pre-exisitng in my neighborhood, to me that does not mean that they should not be addressed and hopefully solved at some point in the future. I'm certainly not requesting, or even suggesting that I get a sole police office to keep an eye on only my property. I am asking for stepped up enforcement in my neighborhood because it is known to have issues. If you are suffering from the problems you say you are, I would hope you are doing the same thing! I would never want to just sit idly by while someone sold drugs out of a house a few doors down from me! That sounds tremendously scary and dangerous! And yes, I agree we don't have enough police officers to patrol everywhere effectively. You know who else agrees? NY State. The results of an independent study of the PC Police Department can be found on the Making Port Chester a Better Place Facebook page. I think that what we can all agree upon, is that changes need to be made. Regardless of how liberal our society is, it is our fault and ours alone if we sit by and do nothing.
Interested Reader October 05, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I read this blog and related articles and comments with interest. I was at a public meeting a few months ago that was billed as a work shop after the last major incident at this home. I remember one of the Police Officers discussing an earlier plan on the downtown bars, the majority of the Elected Officials appeared in agreement. The Mayor was visibly upset and insulted the Officer. I would like to here more about that workshop and what came out of it.
Bart Didden October 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I understand most of the comments about buyer beware, but some of our neighborhoods have changed over the years. Yes we have had many more drinking establishments, yes some of them were for kids, bikers, older adults, etc. Like groups of people found each other. Now we have a handful of places that don't operate above the moral standards that we want as a community. Sean is not wrong for moving to Port Chester as much as we are wrong to not do the right thing for one or more of our neighbors and the image of the community as a whole. We can do better, we must do better and I invite all of those on this site to come to the next BOT meeting, October 15th, at 350 N. Main, 7pm and tell Mayor Pilla what you think and what you want done for YOUR Village. I am doing my part, my best even if the Mayor does not like it, but all of you have to do your part as well. If this is not fixed by election day next March, you must make a change by voting. I hope to see all of you a week from Monday. I will be there, will you?

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