2007-10-19 / Front Page

West Lawrence Hit By Rash Of Attempted Burglaries

By Miriam Rosenberg

Multiple attempted burglaries in Far Rockaway near the Nassau County border brought out a massive ground and air NYPD search on the evening of Saturday, October 6, looking for a suspect who tried to enter at least three private homes in the area, often called West Lawrence by its residents.

Captain Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, announces an increased police presence in the West Lawrence area of Far Rockaway due to a series of attempted burglaries during the past two weeks. Captain Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, announces an increased police presence in the West Lawrence area of Far Rockaway due to a series of attempted burglaries during the past two weeks. "We had a helicopter over sector Adam in West Lawrence," a police source told The Wave. "There were attempted burglaries near Hicksville Road. We canvassed the area, but did not catch anyone."

The attempted break-ins that were reported to police took place on Henry Road, Beck Road and Virginia Street, according to police sources.

The burglary attempts come almost five months after Captain Brian Mc- Mahon, the commander of the 101 Precinct, revealed in May that there was a burglary pattern in the same area.

"We don't know if it is the same person [as a few months ago], but we have some, good, solid evidence," continued the NYPD source.

The evidence includes a blood sample left at one of the homes. Authorities believe the suspect cut his arm as he broke a window trying to get into the residence. The NYPD is currently working to find matches for the blood and DNA within law enforcement data banks.

In the latest incidents, according to reports, an unidentified person tried to break into two residences on Beck and Henry Roads on October 6. In both instances, the burglar attempted to break in through the back windows. Police say that the intruder was most likely frightened away by the occupants of the homes, who were at home due to religious observances. Orthodox Jewish residents heavily populate the area.

Athird break-in attempt occurred on Virginia Street, where the homeowner found a wallet that may belong to the perpetrator.

In May, McMahon told community leaders three homes were hit within a five-week period.

Police then centered their investigation on the Empire Avenue and Reads Lane areas.

Though the perpetrator of those crimes, nicknamed the Midnight Prowler by the 101 Precinct, was never caught, McMahon said at September's community meeting that he felt there was no longer a threat to the community. He believed the thief is either in jail somewhere, or moved on "because of the heavy police presence."

The captain said that he would beef up sector patrols in the area where the "prowler" has been operating, particularly on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, the times when the burglar has been hitting the area.

Police advise people in that area to be aware of what is happening in their neighborhood and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Police sources say that the investigation by detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad is ongoing.

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