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Greenville PD Warns Minors After String Of Downtown Crime

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Greenville's Police Department has made protecting downtown a top priority. Greenville's Police Department has made protecting downtown a top priority.
The 10:00p.m. to 6:00a.m. curfew for anyone under 18-years-old without a parent went into permanent effect in fall 2009, after a series of disturbances involving minors. The 10:00p.m. to 6:00a.m. curfew for anyone under 18-years-old without a parent went into permanent effect in fall 2009, after a series of disturbances involving minors.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Greenville's Police Department has made protecting downtown a top priority.

But a crime spree Wednesday has sparked concern after police say a group of juveniles trashed a restaurant, attempted an armed robbery of another downtown bar and restaurant and then another pair of juveniles assaulted someone in Falls Park.

The 10:00p.m. to 6:00a.m. curfew for anyone under 18-years-old without a parent went into permanent effect in fall 2009, after a series of disturbances involving minors.

Chief Terri Wilfong remembers what it was like then.

"It was out of control. There was so many of them that we couldn't keep up," she said.

The weekend restrictions appear to have worked. Wilfong says it's a dramatic improvement with few if any incidents there involving minors.

"We're holding the juveniles that are down there breaking the curfew and their parents responsible for their behavior."

There isn't a curfew during the week -- and this time the crimes happened when school was out for vacation.

"Usually during spring break it's a ghost town," Wilfong said.

This three crimes all within the same time frame is being treated as an isolated case. But if future incidents occur, the city may consider an expansion of the curfew.

"If we see that we're going to be having an influx of juveniles down there during the week of course we will make the appropriate recommendation to council," Wilfong said.

Even people under 18-years-old walking in Falls Park on Friday said they'd be open to that change.

"I think it's very pretty down here and it's not worth trashing," 16-year-old Claire Cordell said.

Chief Wilfong wouldn't rule out adding more patrols during the week, if that is what is necessary.

The department does take school resource officers and put them on downtown patrol during the summers.

Wilfong said there will be 18 officers downtown Friday night and juveniles causing disturbances will not be tolerated.

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