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Help dealing with troublesome neighbors
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Submitted by cdesilva44 on April 28, 2010 - 1:49pm
I purchased a townhouse on the East side of Mira Mesa almost two years ago. It's a decent neighborhood with mostly good people, but one neighbor in particular has caused a lot of problems for us.
The residents of the house in question are a single mother and her two teenage sons. The mother is rarely home, and the teens are left alone to find all sorts of trouble to get into. They regularly have very shady people over to the house, and openly sell drugs out of the back door. They cause disturbances late at night and generally make everyone around them uncomfortable in their own homes. The police are at the house at least once a week, but nothing ever seems to change.
Last night it all came to a crescendo when there was a home invasion robbery and kidnapping at the house. The troublemaking teenagers apparently ripped off the wrong people in a drug deal, and the guys came to the house with guns and a tire iron to get their money back. A friend of one of the teens was dragged into a car at gunpoint and kidnapped. He was dumped on the side of the freeway, still alive, 3 hours later.
I had a long talk with one of the police officers on the scene last night, and I was further assured that not much will be done about the situation. He even referred to the problems caused by the teens as "not really a big deal," and insisted on referring to them as victims who's illegal behavior was not much of a concern. I replied that the real victims are the neighbors who deal with this garbage on a daily basis.
Obviously I'm very frustrated with the situation and will no longer sit back and allow this to continue. I would like to find out if the current residents are the renters or the owners. Hopefully they are renting and I can contact the owners about the matter. The HOA has been worthless in providing this information and I've had trouble finding it on the county website. I'm also interested in ideas, legal but not necessarily ethical, to encourage them to leave the neighborhood.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Below are news articles regarding the incident last night.
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