“Rocky,” a 5-year-old Chow Chow-German Shepherd mix, was saluted as a hero at last week’s meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council by his owner, Delores Moore of Ozone Park, for saving her family from a potential home invasion by a man lurking outside her home.
Moore told the council members that on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 a.m., ‘Rocky’ alerted family members to a shadowy figure in a hooded sweatshirt in her backyard.
She opened up the backdoor and told the dog, “Rocky, get him,” and the dog obediently took off after the stranger. Fortunately for the man, Rocky did not catch him.
Moore told the audience that she was happy that Rocky had just scared off the potential intruder and not bitten him.
“Dog one, intruder zero,” remarked a member of the audience.
Moore brought to the attention of Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commander, an individual who was walking on her 91st Street block with a large number of keys trying to open car doors. Pascale told Moore to call 911 if she sees any suspicious individuals on her block and give police a description of the individual.
In his monthly report, Pascale said that thieves are taking advantage of Howard Beach residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He explained that as residents are in the process of cleaning up in Old Howard Beach, there have been four reports of thefts from open garages during the nighttime hours. He said that extra police patrols have been brought into the area.
With the influx of newly purchased cars in Howard Beach, thefts of tire rims have increased, according to Pascale. Thefts of rims from Toyota Camrys, Nissan Maximas and Honda Accords have occurred on 156th and 157th avenues, said Pascale.
Extra patrols have been assigned to the area in an effort to catch the culprits, he added, noting police had made three substantial arrests last year of rim thieves. To deter such thefts Pascale urged car owners to install the appropriate wheel locks on their car’s tires.
Pascale also reported that on the night of the meeting, officers had arrested two individuals in connection with an armed robbery of a business in the vicinity of 103rd Avenue and 97th Street in Ozone Park.
On another frequently raised topic, several residents complained about noise coming from two bars every night in the vicinity of 107th Street and Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park.
“They’re loud and they’re obnoxious,” said one resident. “Don’t confront them, just call us,” Pascale told the resident.
Alex, a resident of South Ozone Park, complained about trucks on Linden Boulevard, which is not a truck route, and asked if police could issue summonses to them.
“We will address the condition,” Pascale assured Alex.
There will be no meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in February. The next meeting of the council will be on Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 8 p.m. at 103-51 101 St. in Ozone Park.