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Neighbors help police investigate Over-the-Rhine home invasion

A Klotter Avenue resident talks with a police officer. (FOX19 Larry Shields) A Klotter Avenue resident talks with a police officer. (FOX19 Larry Shields)
The break-in happened on Klotter Avenue in Over-the-Rhine. The break-in happened on Klotter Avenue in Over-the-Rhine.

Police are investigating a Saturday evening home invasion in Over-the-Rhine and they're doing it with the help of neighborhood residents.

Cincinnati Police are searching for three men suspected in the home invasion that happened in the 600 block of Klotter Avenue.

Residents of the multi-family home called 911 just before 5 p.m. to report three men burst into their ground level apartment with guns. A victim said one suspect had a TEC9 semi-automatic handgun. The three men got away with cash and a gun but the resident was not hurt.

 "We got some really good information and this is going to be a really good thing," said Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Michael Fern. "The best part is the neighborhood awareness. Once they saw the police cars, the neighbors came out and said ‘Hey, just to let you guys know we have cameras down here'."

People living on Klotter Avenue contributed money to install a private surveillance camera which police are using in the investigation. Within minutes, police had a copy of the video, but the video did not match up with statements provided by the victim.

Officers said the victim's story changed several times but they still believe a crime was committed.

Residents also use an email distribution list to alert members of the community to problems and to coordinate other events.

"We have a Christmas party every year, we usually have a summer event and that's kind of to get to know people then we have clean ups two or three times per year," said resident Harold Schuck.

Schuck credits the city closing of steps connecting McMicken to Klotter several years ago in helping to curb crime in their community.

"The biggest thing we lack is community cooperation and information, Once we get the information: we can roll with it," said Lt. Fern.

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