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APD launches program to get criminals off the streets

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Austin police say everybody, at some point in their lives, will be affected by property crime.

"Crime is a component of criminal location and opportunity. When those three things come together, the outcome is unpredictable, said Lt. Johnny McMiller, with the Austin Police Department, adding that Riverside Drive is their main hotspot. "The criminal may intend to just take an item or take things, but when they contact a person, that plan goes out the window."

Officers with "Operation Clean Sweep" need your help to catch 16 habitual criminals believed to be in the east Austin area.

McMiller said, "Our investigators did background checks, we checked our records to see where the last known address was, now we've exhausted that. Now we need help from the community to help us round up the rest."

Some of their warrants include state jail felonies for theft, burglary of a vehicle, engaging in organized criminal activity and giving a false statement to obtain credit, according to Lt. Norris McKenzie.

"Some of these criminals, what they would do is go to the rent to own centers, rent the property and never come back and pay it, just take it to the pawn shop and get it pawned," McKenzie added.

30 warrants were initially issued by APD during the three month long operation.

13 have been arrested.

McMiller added, "Everybody, like I said, at some point, will know someone or personally be affected by someone taking something they've worked hard to achieve."

Police hope community members will help them so together, they can reduce the property crime rate in east Austin.

Here's a list of the remaining 16 defendants APD is trying to arrest:

December Delight Lane, black female, (28)

Latyra Monte Batts, black female, (19)

Xavian White, black male, (23)

Christopher Allen Pate, white male, (28)

Marquel Lynn Davis, black female, (25)

Valerie Lorea, hispanic female (20)

David Curtis Nivens, black male, (20)

Kenneth Paul Russell, black male, (48)

Bruce Waine Gossman, white male, (56)

James Clark, black male, (38)

Daniell Marie Spencer, black female, (29)

Jeffrey Gage, black male, (33)

William Daniel Miller, black male, (33)

Aaron Fitzgerald Earls, black male, (25)

Aaron Russell Davis, white male, (27)

Brandon Lee Milam, white male, (24)

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