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      Albany Police AmeriCorps help crime-stricken neighborhoods

      A spike in break-ins and entering auto cases in East and West Albany sparked the Albany Police AmeriCorps to hit the streets.

      Neighbors in the Lakeview neighborhood welcomed the AmeriCorps Cadets, saying the recent crime spree of break-ins and entering autos is getting bad.

      The house across the street, the house on the corner and the house on this corner right here by me for instance the doors were kicked in and most of the time they've been doing it in the middle of the day, says Ray Macolly, a 38 year resident.

      Macolly says his son recently had electronics stolen and he personally has had tools taken from his shed.

      You're afraid to even leave home and we just got totally paranoid about it, he says.

      The Albany Police AmeriCorps Cadets went door-to-door in the neighborhood on Friday to see what they could do to put a stop to this paranoia and fear.

      Trying to see what we can do that can help out and just to see how we can help get all of their stuff back, says Demitrius Daniels with the Albany Police AmeriCorps Cadets.

      One way they say they are trying to help is by gathering descriptions for possible suspects in the neighborhood break-ins and bringing awareness to neighbors of what is going on in the area.

      Descriptions of what the person may look like if they were to see them or if they come to the house and they actually see it in the act to call the police right then and there. Or if they have seen him before they can always go to the police department to give them a description just to see what they can do for them, says Daniels.

      By talking to neighbors the AmeriCorps Cadets say they learned on Friday that the possible suspect in the break-ins is a white male in his 20s.

      Neighbors say this work by AmeriCorps Cadets and Albany police brings them comfort.

      I appreciate that, I thank them to the highest, absolutely. Their presence will be a help. It sure will, says Macolly. And anytime a police car is cruising the neighborhood, I've talked with a lot of them, I thank them every day. Because the more of that... every little bit helps.