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Port Arthur police combating gang activity
PORT ARTHUR- by Haley Bull
Markings on streets signs, sides of houses and garages are some of the only signs of gang activity in the middle of the day in Port Arthur.
"You come out here at 6, 7, 8 o'clock at night, you're gonna see guys dressed in red or guys dressed in blue, car washes, just riding looking for something to get into," Port Arthur Marcelo Molfino said.
The Port Arthur Police Department implemented a street crimes and gang unit about 8 years ago. Friday, they're still patrolling the streets with the goal of getting rid of all gang activity.
"Let me ride through here and see if there's any new tags," Molfino said as he looked for messages gangs have left on the sides of buildings.
He pointed out where one gang claimed a tag on a side of the building, and another crossed it out and put their on top.
Molfino said the crosses on an electrical box covered with the markings and colors of different gangs are a sign of disrespect.
"If we're out here stopping these guys, talking to these guys and getting in their business, hopefully we know it before it happens," he said.
It's not always spray painted messages.
"All bullet holes right here, three of them," Molfino said pointed to the marks on the front of a house. He said it's the result of rival gangs and crimes that come in waves.
"These crooks when they get caught when they get convicted, they change their ways and it's on us to learn the new ways," he said.
Molfino said they're seeing more gang activity move into the north part of the city, sometimes affecting Mid County.
He said the goal is making Port Arthur a gang-free city.