The NYPD nabbed the suspect in several auto thefts in South Queens this week.
In an email sent out to residents in the community, 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Jeremy Schiff said the arrest of Richard Hobbs, 27, of Lindenwood occurred after his officers responded to the theft of an unattended running vehicle in Ozone Park Monday morning. Officers soon apprehended Hobbs, whom Schiff said police are familiar with.
Hobbs is the suspect in the theft of another unattended running vehicle near the Waldbaum’s at 156th Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach on Sunday night. Schiff added another stolen unattended running vehicle was also taken two weeks ago from a Burger King parking lot in South Ozone Park, and Hobbs is the suspect in that theft as well.
The NYPD also says Hobbs is the individual wanted in four different car break-ins in Howard Beach this summer.
Hobbs has been in their custody before.
He was arrested earlier this month with another Howard Beach man, Joseph Quick, 34, for the attempted burglary of a home in Brooklyn. Both were nabbed by cops in the 75th Precinct, which covers the neighborhoods of East New York, New Lots, Cypress Hills and Brownsville.
Schiff said in an email Hobbs was apprehended thanks to surveillance video taken from private security cameras that captured video of Monday’s incident.
“We have contacted the Queens District Attorney’s Office and have stressed the need for an aggressive prosecution of this defendant and our collective wish that he serve a long sentence” due to the nature of the accusations, Schiff said in the email.
While crime is down in the 106th Precinct so far this year, auto thefts are up over 40 percent. Earlier in the year Schiff said many of the stolen cars were taken while left running by owners as they unloaded the vehicles. He encouraged residents to avoid leaving cars unattended while running.