Residents near convenience stores complain about lewd behavior

by: Nate Stewart Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Two stores are in the center of a controversy after residents said crime from the stores spilled over into their apartment complex and they're fed up.

Lynda Johnson said she is furious. She lived and worked at the Timbers Apartments for 23 years, but she said loitering outside the gas stations across the street has become a nightmare for the complex.

"They're out there being lewd. Public urination. Hanging around. Drug sales," Johnson said. "It makes our residents nervous, also myself. I'm an older woman."

Johnson isn't the only resident who is upset. With so many complaints from residents, Channel 9 found more than 100 calls to police at the addresses in the past year.

Police said the two convenience stores -- Cornor Mart and Kilborne Mart on Eastway Drive and Kilborne Drive -- are heavily patrolled.

Out of the hundreds of calls in 2013, they said Cornor Mart had eight arrests that were mostly drug-related and 11 reports of loitering.

Police said Kilborne Mart had four arrests and 10 reports of loitering.

Johnson said she wants the area cleaned up.

"I don't want to come in and walk through a drug sale," she said.

The owners of the convenience stores said they have added signs to try and prevent loitering. They also said they call police if they see criminal activity.