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Mini Crime Wave

By Lisa M. Collins

Burglars hit Bocca Lupo on Clinton and Warren in mini crime spree.
Photo by Johannes Kroemer

Last week Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens experienced a mini crime-wave, as burglars targeted restaurant cash registers and a smattering of homes from Luquer to Warren streets. Many of the burgled apartments had high-end electronics in plain sight of the street, police said, tempting burglars.

The restaurant break-ins came on April 19 and April 20, as restaurants including Bocca Lupo on Warren, Sadie’s Kitchen on Degraw, and Lemongrass Grill on Court were hit. The burglars smashed in windows and grabbed what they could from the cash register before fleeing.

The residential burglaries took place during April on Congress, Warren Street and Douglass Street, with two more on Luquer and on 4th Place.

The police believe the perpetrators are different for the residential and the commercial properties.

Burglaries this year are fueling a 5 percent increase in crime in the 76th Precinct, which includes Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. With 32 burglaries this year compared to 24 last year, burglaries are up 33 percent. There was an earlier rash of burglaries the first week of March, and then the crimes fell silent after a suspect was jailed on a parole violation, until last week, our source at the police department tells us.

With the home burglaries, valuables such as iPhones and laptops are often left visible from outside the house. The burglar breaks the window or breaks-in through the door, grabs the items and flees.

The police have a suspect in custody in the residential crimes. He was identified while possibly trying to break into another property by a victim, and then was nabbed by the police stealing bags at the Trader Joe’s.

The residential break-ins may be a few different people, our police source said.

Summer brings more burglaries, as people leave open their windows — so lock up! And don’t leave your iPhone in plain sight, or lying about.

While crime in the Carroll Gardens area is still very low, it is up 16 percent over the last two years. Grand larcenies — mainly thieves snatching unattended purses from Trader Joe’s, Fairway, bars and other locations — is playing a role, while other major crimes are down. Police had seen a several-year spike in robberies, but a series of arrests got those back under control.

“We got the perpetrators behind bars,” said Capt. Jack Lewis, the former police chief of the 76th Precinct. Lewis has now moved to the 71st in Crown Heights, and Carroll Gardens has a new commander, Capt. Jeffrey Schiff. You can hear about local crime and meet the commander at the monthly meetings at the 76th Precinct on Union between Henry and Hicks. The meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month.

This month’s meeting notice: Please join us for the next 76th Precinct Community Council Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 7:30 PM, at the 76th Precinct Station House, located at 191 Union Street, between Hicks Street and Henry Street.  Meet the new Commanding Officer of the 76th Precinct, Captain Schiff, bring any neighborhood concerns, or simply attend to gain valuable information on Crime Prevention, Traffic Safety, Counter-Terrorism, Identity Theft Prevention and various other Police/Community initiatives. 

For more info and to see detailed crime stats, click here.

 

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