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Car thefts up in Lindenwood: 106th

In neighboring 102nd Precinct, two stolen vehicles had keys in ignition

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Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 3:44 pm

Drivers, lock your doors and secure your vehicles. 

That’s the advice Capt. Brian Bohannon offered at last Wednesday’s meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council, where he reported that the command, specifically in Lindenwood, has seen a drastic spike in car thefts. 

“We’re not sure exactly what the motive is for stealing these cars,” Bohannon said.

In the 28 days before the Nov. 8 meeting, the captain said, there were 14 reports of stolen cars — seven in Lindenwood alone.

The perpetrators have hit several makes and models, unlike previous sprees in the command that specifically targeted luxury cars and newer vehicles. 

Right now, the 106th Precinct is unaware of how the thefts are being carried out — i.e. whether the vehicles are being broken into or if a tow truck is being utilized. 

“Nobody has seen them do it live,” Bohannon said. “I don’t have much to go on right now.” 

To end the thefts, the captain added, cops will have to “catch someone live,” meaning witness someone in the act of stealing a car. Additional police resources have been dedicated to the Howard Beach-Lindenwood areas to combat the spike. 

But it’s not just the 106th that’s being targeted — in the 102nd, just north of the South Queens command, four vehicles were stolen Nov. 7 and two of the thefts could have easily been prevented. 

“In two of those instances, the keys were left in the car,” Bohannon said. 

The neighboring 75th Precinct, in Brooklyn, is also seeing an increase.

As of Nov. 5, according to NYPD statistics, the 106th had 101 reports of grand larceny auto, compared to 102 at the same time last year. 

The precinct commander also reminded residents not to leave valuable items unsecured in cars, saying perpetrators have found success in testing door handles and finding vehicles left unlocked.

Cops were able to arrest one suspect for going into unlocked cars — the unidentified perpetrator, Bohannon said, had a loaded firearm on them at the time. 

As the 106th struggles with the grand larcenies and car thefts, other crime categories are down precinct-wide. 

So far in 2017, there have been six reported rapes, down from 15 at the same time last year and 171 burglaries, down from 187. Murders are at five, compared to six at the same point in 2016.

Robberies were down as of Nov. 5, according to NYPD statistics, but Bohannon said the weekend of Nov. 10 saw a spike, allegedly due to one person. 

The suspect, the captain said, committed five knifepoint robberies along Liberty Avenue and in fast food restaurants. 

Bohannon said the individual, who has since been arrested, was “strung out” and in need of quick cash. 

Cops are also trying to track down the person responsible for robbing younger men late at night in Tudor Park. 

“If you see someone in the park at night, please call 911 or 311,” the commander said.

In better news for the precinct, it will receive seven new officers in January. 

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