The 106th Precinct has made 13 burglary arrests in the past month and a number of arrests for other crimes for which the suspects have been teenagers. That comes as crime took a sudden drop in the command after spiking in mid-May.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, told a meeeting of Community Board 10 last Thursday that crime is down more than 7 percent in the month of May and about 2 percent for the year as a result of a precipitous drop — 42 percent — in the last week of the month as compared to last year.
Schiff said cops made 13 arrests in the month of May for burglary — only two were made in May 2013. Burglary reports are flat this May as compared to last.
“Our main problem is grand larceny autos,” he added. On June 4 officers arrested a man accused of stealing a van, using it for personal errands before he allegedly planned to sell it for scrap.
During the winter, cars were often stolen when owners would leave them running unattended while warming them up. As of late, Schiff said thieves seem to have a focus — Ford Econoline vans.
Schiff also addressed the issue of crimes perpetrated by students at area schools. He noted that a significant number, though he didn’t say exactly how many, of grand larceny, robbery and assault arrests recently were of teenagers, some as young as 13.
Much of the issue has stemmed from a dispute between students at a South Ozone Park school and another in South Jamaica and the precinct has worked with the 113th Precinct to combat the issue.
CB 10 member Renate Teuschler asked about the hunt for the two people wanted for mugging a woman in Lindenwood on May 29.
Schiff said cops suspect the perpetrators were in Lindenwood to break into cars, but have since long left the area.
“We’re going to do what we can,” he said, noting that cops have spoken to the victim often.