ROSWELL, New Mexico — It may be in Roswell, but the origin of this situation is most definitely not extraterrestrial.
A local optometrist says he is closing up shop after more than 80 years in business due to a serial pooper who has been defecating on his front steps for years.
Dr. Ken Leadingham blames a homeless man who has been sleeping in the bushes outside his shop.
“It’s been three or four years,” Leadingham told the Roswell Daily Record. “Everybody locally here knows the guy. He usually sits out in the yard. He’ll go pick up some beers and he’ll come and sleep in these bushes.”
Leadingham says he has reported the situation to the local police but they have been unable to act because there hasn’t been sufficient evidence to arrest the man. Police acknowledge having records of the complaints but confirmed they didn’t have enough evidence to do anything.
The optometrist says he was advised to install security cameras, but that the homeless man destroyed them.
“We had put up [auth] security cameras which were torn down. We had put up a security light which he had torn down,” he said.
Leadingham said that after the latest episode, he had had enough.
“We tried to stay in business until this summer and through September so we can take care of the children, but after this incident we decided to go ahead and close the practice,” he said.