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Squatters take over several of complex's vacant apartments

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-23 11:16:23-04

Families in a valley neighborhood are living in fear because of squatters who have moved in.

At least four vacant apartments surround a courtyard in an apartment complex near Vegas Drive and Rainbow, and neighbors say there could be up to half a dozen intruders living in them.

"It's kind of out of hand," said Felicia Clay, a neighbor. "I've seen the cops over here a couple times but nothing really happens."

There's broken glass, boarded-up windows and in the courtyard lies a tent and a dirty mattress.

In addition, a power cord crosses the ground where it appears the intruders are leeching electricity from one of the other vacants.

"With the kids, we sleep here so I'm scared to go to sleep at night sometimes or leave them downstairs at night because they're so little," Clay said.

A realtor trying to sell one of the units gave us a tour of everything making it near impossible for him to do his job.

He says the unit he's responsible for was broken into and had the washer, dryer and refrigerator stolen.

We spoke to another lady who's lived in the complex for 13 years but is now seriously considering moving away because of the squatter problem.