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Crime down but burglars strike 104th Precinct

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu Jan 2, 2014.

The streets of the 104th Precinct were safer in 2013 compared to the previous year.

In a meeting with area press on Friday, Capt. Christopher Manson revealed that, as of Dec. 15, crime within the confines of the precinct was down 4.1 percent compared to 2012 crime figures.

Violent crime and thefts specifically saw a precipitous drop compared to last year. Rape and felony assault were down 6.7 and 6.1 percent respectively, while robbery was down 8.9 percent and 2013 saw a 12.6 percent drop in burglary as well.

However, the precinct saw three homicides this year compared to zero in 2012, while grand larcenies saw a 9.5 percent jump in 2013.

In total, 4,289 people were arrested by officers of the 104th Precinct and 13,200 summonses were issued.

“In 20 years, this precinct is down 78.6 percent in crime,” Manson said. “In the last 12 years, under Mayor Bloomberg, this precinct is down 44.3 percent.”

One crime that has seen a sharp rise in recent weeks has been brazen burglaries of eateries and convenience stores throughout southwest Queens, which has now reached the 104th Precinct.

As the Chronicle reported exclusively last week, Andy’s Deli on 82-17 Eliot Ave. in Middle Village was burglarized along with the D&P Convenience Store next door. But police have now linked a Sept. 21 burglary at San Remo Pizzeria at 56-01a Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood to the crime spree as well.

In the December incidents, an unknown number of suspects stole an unknown amount of money from the deli’s ATM before breaking through the wall of the deli into the convenience store to steal its cash register with $600 in currency inside.

In September, the pizzeria was broken into through the roof where an unknown amount of money was stolen from the eatery’s ATM. The undetermined number of suspects then broke through the wall shared by the pizzeria and a furniture store and stole $9,500 from the store’s office.

Manson urges all area businesses to protect themselves from future crimes by installing video surveillance and alarms.

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