More than 100 arrested in Macon crime sweep

Macon police issued nearly 530 citations, made 101 arrests and issued 64 warnings during a 10-day operation in Macon’s Village Green neighborhood this month.

Lt. Eric Woodford said the initiative — “Operation Big Ten” — was based on crime in Village Green, particularly burglaries, car break-ins and thefts.

The streets targeted were Chatsworth Court, Deborah Drive, Deeb Drive, Edwina Drive, Frederica Place, Jadan Place, Leone Drive, Satterfield Drive, Shamrock Lane and Walmar Drive.

From Sept. 13-23, Macon police, as well as officers from other local and state law enforcement agencies, performed traffic stops, searched properties for drugs and talked with people in the neighborhood.

“We did whatever was needed to give that neighborhood the attention it needed,” Woodford said.

As part of the operation, the city’s public works and parks and recreation departments picked up trash and trimmed shrubbery to make houses more visible.

In hopes of thwarting future crime, police officers made suggestions for additional lighting and have proposed a change to the hours for city parks.

Officers want to have the parks closed from dusk until dawn, Woodford said.

Police surveyed residents during the operation, which showed that residents think the operation made a difference, he said.

Of the 101 arrests, 53 were for drug-related offenses. Two guns were recovered.

Woodford said officers will continue to monitor the neighborhood.

Two burglaries were reported in the area after the conclusion of the police operation.

A TV, laptop computer and other electronic items were taken from a house in the 2600 block of Deeb Drive after someone kicked in the door between 2 p.m. Saturday and early Sunday afternoon, according to a police report.

In a separate burglary, a TV was taken from a house in the 2800 block of Jadan Place between 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday, another report noted.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.