Friday, August 19, 2011
Car break-ins rampant all over Queens
From Why Leave Astoria:
Last night twenty two cars were broken into on 20th Avenue between 24th Street and 19th Street, adjacent to Con Edison.
Cleanup crews armed with vacuums went to work in Long Island City Wednesday afternoon, sucking up destruction strewn along Fifth Street and 48th Avenue.
"It's like a sea of glass," remarked one passerby.
The glass was the shattered remains of a car window, just one hit in dozens of similar car vandalisms in the area.
According to residents, the smashing spree first began on Sunday and continued through Tuesday. Some residents estimated as many as 70 cars were targeted.
"They're just smashing window after window; it's ridiculous," said Kwame Blaze who works in the area.
From the Forum West:
Car vandals have begun targeting cars in Middle Village and Maspeth. Local residents said at least three cars had their tires and rims stolen over the weekend. Car related thefts have increased in numerous areas, including Lindenwood and Woodhaven, where similar incidents have been reported. Police caution residents to remove all valuables from vehicles to help prevent thefts. The 104th Precinct also recently reported the arrest of a man police believe is responsible for many of the vehicle break-ins in which electronics are stolen.
From the Times Ledger:
The Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol convened at Saint Pancras Catholic School, at 68-20 Myrtle Ave., and some members mentioned a rash of vehicular vandalism along Butler Avenue.
In one night, vandals broke the windows of 11 cars along the avenue and the next night eight more windows were broken, he said.
Allan Vega, 46, was arrested twice Monday and charged with breaking into vehicles on Grove and later Menahan streets, police said. Vega allegedly had three stolen iPods and three stolen GPS devices along with burglary tools and nearly $60 on him when arrested, police said.
So they got 2 of the perps responsible for Astoria and one in Ridgewood.