By Talia Kaplan
Arnold, MO (KSDK) - Around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning people living in the Bayshore Village apartment complex woke up to a lot of commotion.
Arnold police, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, building inspectors, and even Animal Control raided every occupied unit in the complex.
They were looking for occupancy permits, drugs, and people with outstanding warrants. Police say this sweep is in response to a week-long investigation that was enacted after last Thursday's city council meeting.
Concerned Arnold residents at the meeting complained of crime taking place in the complex. They say they noticed a lot of drug activity, fighting, and car break-ins.
Since Friday, police have arrested 14 people and busted a meth lab in the apartment complex. During Thursday's raid police arrested 10 people, and found more than 30 people living without an occupancy permit.
The Arnold Police Chief, Robert Shockey, says crime in the complex has been a problem for 25 years. Chief Shockey says in 2010 police made 27 arrests related to the complex, in 2011 that number nearly doubled.
Audrey Holt is one of the many tenants at the complex who found out she would have to move out in fifteen days because she does not have an occupancy permit. The City Administrator, Matthew Unrein, says this is because the landlord did not pay his sewer bill for years. Police say that bill is now five figures.
"We have to find somewhere to move with no money. I was really mad at my landlord. I just wanted to ring his neck," said Holt, who is a single mother of a three year old.
"He went around the rules and unfortunately some of those innocent folks are going to suffer because of it and that's terrible. We feel bad about that but, at the same token the reason we do those inspections is to protect them from property code violations, making sure their buildings are safe for their families to live in and those inspections haven't been done," said Unrein.
The owner of the Bayshore Village Apartment Complex, Tom Aguado, admitted to not paying his sewer bill. He says he will do his best to pay it soon. He also apologized to his tenants.