The commander and staff of the Southside Precinct took to the air Tuesday to address a problem that a neighborhood had presented.
Capt. Dean Fagerstrom borrowed a bucket truck from the Forensics Unit of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and removed tennis shoes hanging on utility lines near Montgomery Crossroad.
Chief Willie Lovett directed his officers to address all issues found in the neighborhoods and businesses. The tennis shoes, which are historically a symbol of drug sales in the area, were among the resident's most pressing concerns.
"It was a quality of life issue in one of our neighborhoods and we grew tired of waiting on someone else to solve the problem," said Fagerstrom in a press release. "It was a blight issue that concerned neighbors and they asked us to address it. Our crime prevention officer asked several entities with equipment to remove them and found it more expedient to do it ourselves."
Fagerstrom's staff diverted traffic while he removed at least five pairs of tennis shoes near Atwood Street. Shoes that appeared useful were donated to a local charity.
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