Canterbury Green Informs Residents Of Prostitution Arrest

By John W. Davis

July 23, 2010 Updated Jul 23, 2010 at 11:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Canterbury Green Apartments has taken the proactive approach of sending their residents a letter explaining their role in Tuesday's promoting prostitution arrest of 42-year-old Kirstin Cook.

In the letter, Canterbury Green management made it extremely clear that one of their workers called Fort Wayne Police with the anonymous tip that led to an undercover investigation on Kirstin Cook's escort services.

On Tuesday, Cook was arrested for booking one of her escort to perform sex acts for an undercover police officer.

Cook offered the undercover officer a menu of the type of girls available to perform the sex acts.

Canterbury Green says Kirstin Cook has been evicted for violating her lease agreement which clearly states: no tenants shall operate a business from their apartment.

Corporate Managers say maintaining a "safe and secure environment" is their top priority.

However, the question still remains... Do neighbors feel safe?

"Yeah it kind of gives you a feeling of insecurity but then they are doing what they can, In a way its more of a proactive approach ," said Canterbury Green Resident Sree Yedla.

"I feel secure here," said Canterbury Green Resident Joyce Bauermeister.

Bauermeister has lived in the complex for the last eleven years with her husband.

"We have a lot of our Fort Wayne finest that do live here and they always patrol. We have IPFW right behind us and they're also patrolling. I feel very secure live here," said Bauermeister.

Managers say whenever an incident occurs in their complex, they take the proactive step of making sure all their residents know about it.

The following is a copy of the letter residents received on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Dear Canterbury Green Resident,

As you may be aware, one of our residents was arrested yesterday for operating an illegal escort service from her apartment. Per the recent news reports about the arrest, this resident's criminal activities were very much "under the radar" and necessitated an undercover investigation by local law enforcement. The investigation and arrest came with full cooperation and assistance of our management team. In fact, it was a member of our team who shared with the Fort Wayne Police an anonymous tip that prompted the undercover investigation.

Your safety and security are our top priorities at Canterbury Green. We take immediate action when we become aware of any activity that may diminish the quality of life in our community (as demonstrated by our action in alerting the police to the anonymous tip). This recent incident is a clear violation of our lease agreement. We have a no-tolerance policy for unlawful behavior and have already commenced the process of evicting the resident involved.

As a reminder, if you witness any situation that may be concerning to you, please let us know as soon as possible. We have a wonderful community and appreciate your cooperation in maintaining a safe, secure and positive living environment.

Sincerely,

Sandi Wolff
Community Manager




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