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Crime becoming the norm in North Chattanooga again?

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By Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

NORTH CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Chattanooga Police are looking for the armed robber who invaded a home on Tremont St. early Friday morning.

A young woman was at home asleep at the time, and told police she woke up to a gun in her face.

Police say the suspect demanded money from the woman then forced her to walk with him around her house before leaving with cash and two computers.

Thankfully she was unharmed, but neighbors say it seems like this is becoming a trend in North Chattanooga.

"To have a home invasion on this street is really unheard of," says resident Steve Myers. 

Myers remembers the days when crime was part of the norm. In fact his house still has evidence of what used to be.

"Chain linked fence and barbed wire," he points out the fence around his house. 

But Myers says things are vastly different now.  "Practically every house on this street has been rehabed and fixed up," he says. 

Which is why Myers was surprised when he saw the police car outside his next-door neighbor's home in the wee hours of the morning.   

"He got her out of the bed," says Lt. Kim Noorbergen with the Chattanooga Police Department.  He walked her around here residence.  Took the cash that he could get and two computers." 

Lt. Noorbergen says there have been 11 burglaries, 2 business robberies and a home invasion since June 1st. In fact, three days ago police arrested a man and a woman in connection with several of those burglaries.

"We're out talking to neighbors," says Lt. Noorbergen.  "Anybody in the neighborhood."

Lt. Noorbergen says they're trying to figure out if one person or a group people are behind what's been happening. 

In the mean time residents like Myers are stepping up security, hoping it doesn't get any worse.

"I also have a motion activated lamps outside the house and I have a dog," says Myers. 

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