BALTIMORE (WJZ)–A Baltimore business is shut down by the city after years of illegal activity.
A boarded building is not an unfamiliar site in Baltimore, but this is a different case.
The city padlocked the BP gas station at the corner Windsor Mill Road and North Forest Park Ave.
City police records show since 2014 they have responded to 3 assaults, 3 robberies, 2 shooting and 2 homicides, just a some of the crime committed at this location.
“To the residents of Forest Park and the surrounding communities, we have heard your concerns, we will continue to do everything that we can to build safer communities for you and your families,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
One of the most recent crimes is caught on the gas station’s surveillance video. Police say the 4 men in black were involved with selling drugs. A short time later city police officers pulled up– finding drugs and three handguns.
Police also say the man behind the counter was also arrested. He’s seen taking drugs from the men and attempting to hide it from police.
“People get their gas there, people buy incidentals there, people walk inside that gas station with their kids and what was happening inside that gas station was a debt of ill repute and it no longer happens,” said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
This is one of the first business pad locks the city has administered in seven years, but it’s said this will not be the last, if warranted.
Commissioner Davis says in order to get that padlock removed the owners must prove that there is someone who can manage the property legally. They also must follow all state and local laws.