2010-03-05 / Top Stories

101 Pct. Warns Against Robberies, Car Thefts

By Miriam Rosenberg

Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, talks about the increase in crime since the beginning of the year at February’s 101 Precinct Community Council meeting. Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, talks about the increase in crime since the beginning of the year at February’s 101 Precinct Community Council meeting. Crime in both precincts of the Rockaways has taken an upward turn during the first three months of 2010, it was reported during last month’s 101 Precinct Community Council meeting. For those living in the confines of the 101 Precinct the upward tick centers around two index crime categories – robbery and grand larceny auto, according to Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon, the commander of the precinct.

“From last year to this year we’ve averaged about 9 index crimes a week, this year we’re doing 13.9 index crimes [a week],” said McMahon at the February 17 meeting.

He continued, “Last year we had 19 arrests for the index crimes, this year already we have 52. We’re locking up a lot of people. The biggest thing we are having is the robberies. The robberies are [age] 16 and less and half of them are young girls. We have 20 kids already locked up for robberies and less than 16 [years-old], and 10 of them are young girls. Half are female and half are male. So its not always males.

“There’s three girls who have a robbery pattern along Seagirt, who are robbing old women. They’re running up on them, punching them in the face and taking their purse.”

McMahon also mentioned that some of these robberies may be gang-related.

“Recently a girl robbed someone in the 101, and the girl said it was initiation into the bloods gang in Refern,” said McMahon.

McMahon explained how quickly a robbery can occur by recalling a recent incident. A group of six youths from Middle School 53, in full school uniform, swarmed around a man walking along Cornaga Avenue at 4 in the afternoon and punched him in the face and took his cell phone.

McMahon said they have caught three of the six youngsters involved in the attack.

Statistics for auto thefts show a pattern developing in the Rockaways. As of the meeting date, there were 16 reported grand larceny autos. The Ford passenger vans and the Honda Accord are the most sort after vehicles.

“The [van] parts are interchangeable,” said McMahon, who added the majority of these vans are being stolen from private schools and churches in the area. “We’re seeing dumping of a lot of cars along Seagirt down by the beach. They’ll strip the whole car out, the whole interior and they’ll dump the car where the new building is on Beach 26 near Seagirt, or just put them into the weeds by the bay area over there.”

While police don’t encourage calling 911 to report dumped and stripped vehicles, McMahon considers this an exception.

“For this pattern I’d say call 911 and say there’s a stolen car. The police will come and we’ll tow it and, we’ll try to get some evidence from it,” said McMahon.

The latest statistics of the NYPD CompStat index crimes for the 101 Precinct, as of February 21, compared to the same time last year are three rapes for 2010 to two; 23 robberies to 16; 19 felonious assaults to 15; 17 burglaries to 12; 12 grand larcenies to 13; and 16 grand larceny autos to 6. No murders have been reported.

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