Homeowner speaks out against Indian Lake Police search

News Center 23

POSTED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 9:35am

This house is one of the five homes Indian Lake Police searched tuesday, when they seized property that matched the description of reported stolen items. Indian Lake Police Chief John Chambers says the police department received permission to inspect the homes.

"We obtained five consent-to-searches from the property owners or the people that were in charge of the property. Uh, and the basis of our investigation has to do with drug activity and thefts and burglary that has been occurring in Indian Lake."

Five searched homes produced one arrest, so Sevilla and his family say the searched conducted in their house was unreasonable and unwarranted.

“This is the home of Antonio Sevilla. He says that Indian Lake Police wrongfully raided his house and accused him of exchanging drugs for stolen items.”

“We’re not people that we have parties here or large crowds at all, no. Nothing like that. I mean we don’t really talk much to the neighbors or anything…trying to storm into peoples’ houses because of word of mouth. They should have more, ya know, what’s it called, concrete evidence.”

Sevilla has the receipts for his property that was confiscated, but still wants answers.

“The burglaries, I mean, they’ve been going on since last year, uh six months ago, a year before that, and they still haven’t-they never found anybody.”

Indian Lake Police Department is standing strong behind their policies.

“Drug dealings and thefts and burglaries are not going to be tolerated, that Indian Lake is too small for drug dealers and they’re not allowed and their time of exploiting and victimizing the people of Indian Lake is over.”

Reporting in Indian Lake, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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