Crime-Plagued Trailer Park Pleads for Help

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PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. -- Residents at one Missouri trailer park say that they are fed up with the increasing crime, and now they are pleading to police for more help.

According to the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, dispatchers have logged over 170 incidents at the Lone Pine Trailer Park since March - including almost 60 disturbances, burglaries and car thefts. On Wednesday, investigators arrested six adults in connection to a disturbance earlier this week.

During the arrests, deputies found a handgun on the front seat of a car - along with a home-made bomb. The discovery led to the evacuation of nearly a dozen trailers.

"It was crazy," said park resident Elizabeth Brown. "The said we had to leave the house and we couldn't go in."

The bomb was remotely detonated by a state bomb squad robot. The gun owner, a known felon who lives at the trailer park, has not yet been charged.

"The large majority of residents that are there are good people, and there are just a few that are causing problems," said Sheriff Kevin Bond, who says that more of his deputies will be patrolling the area.

That's good news to many residents, but Brown says that she's still getting out anyway because she doesn't feel safe.

"I'm planning to move," said Brown.

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