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Neighbors fed up with theft

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CASTLE ROCK, WA (KPTV) -

Some neighbors in Castle Rock are taking matters into their own hands after a rash of thefts and break-ins over the past four months.

Henry Simmons on Third Avenue Southwest has been sleeping in his living room recliner night after night, ready for thieves to strike again.

"I have a pistol (on the coffee table)," said Simmons. "Hopefully, I won't have to use it."

That's the precaution he's taking because thieves have broken into his truck to steal fishing poles, tools and other items.

"The way things are right now, the economy's so screwed up that if you lose a couple of tools that you make a living with, it's hard to replace them." Simmons said.

Another neighbor a block away who declined an interview has been canvassing the streets overnight looking for the people who stole from him. Many in the area are concerned about the crimes.

"We've all been kind of looking out for each other," said David West, who was the victim of a break-in a week ago. "If we hear a car we go out and look."

Someone broke into West's camper and trailer, but didn't steal anything. Still, he had to foot the bill for repairs.

"You work for your stuff and you got thieving suckers coming around and stealing it," said West. "I don't like it."

Now, West is considering installing a surveillance camera.

Castle Rock police did not return calls for comment Monday, but neighbors said police have questioned several young people who may be responsible, but they think more information is needed before any arrests can be made.

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