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Delcambre residents fed up with recent rash of crimes

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Delcambre residents are concerned over recent crime in their area. They say for months a handful of teenagers are creating havoc in the small town by stealing, vandalizing and even threatening physical harm all without consequences.

"You're always having to look out over your shoulder, and see what's next," says Paul Viator.

Paul and his wife Krista are at their wits end. "I really don't know how far they're gonna go with it," says Krista. Since May they say they were victimized several times by a gang of juveniles, and claim it's happening all over Delcambre.

"Done some vandalism. They've broken into garages. They've stolen some things," explains Paul, "It's basically created havoc." One even went so far as bashing Krista's truck with a bat multiple times while she was in it. "Since our incident it's just continually gotten worse," says Krista.

For months the Viators have complained about the young criminals but say they've got the same answer from law enforcement. Their hands are tied.

"Communicate more with the District Attorney's office. See what their stand is on this process, and see what they're gonna do about it," says Delcambre Mayor, Carol Broussard.

Broussard says they know there's a problem, and the police department is doing what they can. But these kids are repeat offenders and are waiting for the legal system to do it's work.

"Somebody is gonna get hurt before it's over with, and it's a shame that it may happen. But let's hope it takes the process properly to go through the system and get it done," says Broussard.

Monday night, city hall was packed with people who are fed up with what's going on. And that's what the Viators are hoping for, to get the community involved to put this to a stop.

"We at least got their attention this time, and hopefully things will move forward in a positive direction from here," says Krista Viator.

Police have put some of the kids' parents behind bars to send a message, but that hasn't worked. Meanwhile, the District Attorney's office says they could use ankle bracelets or some other type of monitoring device to keep track of the juveniles.

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