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Car break-ins, park rapist leads talk

Neighborhood complaints raised at 104th Precinct Council session

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:38 am, Wed Nov 27, 2013.

Car break-ins and the park rapist case led the conversation at the monthly 104th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday at Sacred Heart School in Glendale.

Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the precinct, told those in attendance that there have been seven arrests in the past 28 days for car break-ins.

There is no new information on the “scooter bandit.” It was believed by residents that this was the person responsible for many of the car break-ins in Glendale.

One resident said that she has been reluctant to go to Forest Park, especially with her children, ever since the park rapist case was announced. Manson said the investigation is continuing.

Crime is up 17 percent for the latest 28-day period compared to last year, but Manson explained that those numbers are skewed.

“We are up against Hurricane Sandy numbers from last year,” he said. “For several weeks after Hurricane Sandy, crime was down, precincts were running 12-hour tours. So each precinct had half their officers out at any time and all cars were out.”

Crime is down 5 percent this year in the 104th Precinct.

In response to residents’ complaints last month of car and motorcycle races near Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, Manson said the precinct has launched an operation.

“We were there every night for about seven or eight days, from 7 p.m. on,” he said. “We wrote approximately 70 moving violations. It seems to have a positive effect, but people’s memory fade so we will have to do it again.”

There were also complaints last month about marijuana use and drinking in the playground of Juniper Park at night after it closes. The 104th sent its anti-crime unit and has made several arrests for the use of cocaine, marijuana, pills and alcohol.

During the meeting, a resident complained of similar activities in Highland Park. Manson said the precinct would look into the matter.

“There will be a lot of changes before next summer,” he said.

The precinct is also fighting robberies in the area. In the 28-day period, officers made nine arrest for robberies, one of which involved a 50-year-old man who assaulted an older woman and stole her cell phone. Police later connected the same man to the robbery of a 12-year-old girl’s cell phone the day before.

Within the past month, the precinct received information on a suspect connected to narcotics. When police approached his residence, he jumped into a car and reversed down a street for a block and a half, according to Manson. When police searched the building they found 580 marijuana plants roughly seven to eight feet high.

“In a years time, this marijuana could net over 20 million dollars,” Manson said.

Patricia Grayson, council assistant secretary, encouraged those in attendance to spread the word about meetings. The council hopes to add members and activities within the community council.

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