2005-04-01 / Community

Insider Steals Big From Little Ones

By Brian Magoolaghan

  • Police are investigating a possible inside job at the Far Rockaway Head Start program where at least one sticky-fingered crook stole thousands of dollars in electronics from the children and parents who depend on the program, The Wave has learned.
  • The thief (or thieves) apparently entered on March 17 through a second-floor storage room window that was intentionally left open, said Cynthia Cummings, the Executive Director of Community Parents Head Start at 710 Hartman Lane. Once inside, the intruder(s) broke through a door -- cocmpletely destroying the door frame -- and removed $10,000 in equipment intended for the program’s future home at 41-05 Beach Channel Drive.

    Investigators concluded that “someone who knew [the] building layout had to have been involved,” according to a police complaint form that Cummings provided to The Wave.

    Cummings said the children in the program are too young to understand that they’ve been ripped off.

    The report says an employee of the program is under investigation, and Cummings added that all of the building’s custodians, and the worker who discovered the break-in, are under suspicion as well.

    Among the stolen items were two Maxent plasma screen televisions and wall mount hardware, a Panafax color scanner, a Hewlett-Packard (HP) computer printer, parts and toner cartridges for a DSC 338 color copier, Califone cassette recorders and Sony compact disc players, said Cummings.

    “We just hope that if anyone saw anything, or if they know of the property being sold, they would come forward because this is property that is being stolen from the community,” she said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the 101 Precinct at (718) 868-3400.

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