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Surveillance cameras capture supicious activity in Albany

July 22, 2019 06:47 PM

Robert Coleman has some words of wisdom he'd like to share with his neighbors in Albany.

"I was told by a counselor in prison who said you're going to keep coming back here until you divorce the streets. I never heard it put like that," said Coleman.

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Coleman served six years in prison and has vowed never to go back. As he watches violence plaguing his neighborhood, he's calling for change.

"It hurts my heart actually. It's unbelievable that it's gotten to this point," said Coleman.

Coleman lives near the intersection of First and Quail Streets. NewsChannel 13 was shown surveillance video on Monday caught by cameras on the JC Club building on the corner.

Pastor Charlie Muller with the Victory Church in Albany runs the club. He says he had the cameras put in after two people were killed nearby.

"Is what you see even worse than what you thought," asked NewsChannel 13.

"Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I mean some nights are totally out of control," said Pastor Charlie.

One of the cameras faces a home across the street that has a white tent next to it. NewsChannel 13 viewed several dates with suspicious activity seeming to spike between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. Footage shows a steady stream of cars pulling up and flashing their lights. People can be seen coming and going quickly from the property.

"Crime, killings, shootings, drugs, stealing is going on and for years and years and years. When is enough enough," asked Pastor Charlie.

Last Monday, one of the cameras caught a shooting in front of a store on the corner. In the video, you can see a man go down and then he's dragged by two others across the street to a van. Police say that victim was a 27-year-old who was shot in the torso.

Pastor Charlie believes the videos show without a doubt that the intersection is a hub for illegal activity. He and Coleman are calling for more police presence and accountability and hoping others will follow their lead.

"I done tried it this way. It didn't work for me. I said let me try it another way and that's what I did and I like this side of the fence better," said Coleman.

Pastor Charlie said he met with Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins on Saturday and showed him the video. NewsChannel 13 has learned they have a follow-up meeting on Wednesday.

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Jacquie Slater

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