2008-07-18 / Top Stories

Surfers Return To Sand, Empty Wallets

By Nicholas Briano

Police arrest the defendants on Tuesday night after they were accused of robbing personal belongings from surfers. Police arrest the defendants on Tuesday night after they were accused of robbing personal belongings from surfers. There is a growing problem along Rockaway's shoreline, particularly on the surfing beaches, besides the lack of lifeguards and closed beaches. Police say that there are thieves who wait until surfers or bathers go into the water and then rob them of their belongings.

There have reportedly been several of these incidents over the past three weeks, including one in which a robber held a surfer at bay with a pit bull while she and her friends made good their escape.

The petty thieves struck again this week, with surfer's being their main targets.

On Tuesday evening, detectives from the 100 Precinct arrested five individuals, one only 10 years old, for a series of robberies along the beaches of Rockaway, mostly from Beach 90 Street to Beach 116 Street.

Three suspects were arrested, police say. The ten-year-old will be sent to Family Court. Another, an unidentified teen, was given a Desk Appearance Ticket for a return to court. The third, Martin Williams, 16, of 219 Beach 102 Street, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly stealing a cell phone from a surfer who was in the water, police said.

He was released without bail and is due back in court next month.

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