2010-06-04 / Top Stories

Bayswater Home Burglaries Become Pattern

Similar Crimes Reported Around Seagirt And B.26 Street
By Miriam Rosenberg

They enter through the window, take items from the house and leave, all while the residents are sound asleep. That is the pattern that has developed in three home break-ins in the Bayswater area, according to the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct.

Police are urging residents of Bayswater to lock their doors and windows as a result of a burglary pattern in the area said Captain Michael Lipetri at the May 24 meeting of 101 Precinct Community Council.

“We have three identified burglaries where they are basically happening between 1:00 in the morning and approximately 7:00 in the morning,” said Lipetri, who added that the homes are located very close to each other. “The thing that concerns me very, very much is, in all of these burglaries the occupants of the house are home sleeping.”

The CO called the crimes “unique.”

“They’re going in, they’re finding a wallet – they’re not taking a whole lot – they’re getting credit cards, they’re taking the money,” explained Lipetri. “They’re going through a pocketbook. They’re taking two cell phones and credit cards. They’re not just taking the whole pocketbook or the whole wallet.”

Residents are encouraged to call the precinct’s crime prevention (718-868- 3426) or community affairs (718-868- 3441) units to arrange for an officer to come out and do a survey of their home. They were also warned to lock their homes at night.

In describing the points of entry Lipetri said, “… they’re just lifting window and going right through.” “know it’s getting hot. For a small amount of money you can buy those window locks that the window can only go up this much [to a certain point] and there’s two locks.”

Lipetri related a recent incident when he and some officers pulled over a van in Bayswater. “As I got out of the car there was car that was parked there and on the front seat of that car was a wallet, pocketbook and the car was wide open with its lights on. Those are the kind of things we’re looking to correct, where you have to lock up all your stuff.”

While Lipetri wouldn’t go into detail, he did say he has “put together an extensive plan to combat” the crimes and he did apologize to residents in advance as he warned them they could be stopped for questioning.

A similar pattern has developed near Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 26 Street where the perpetrators are also gaining entry through an open window and stealing wallets and other items.

“We have made an arrest in one of those and that’s good news,” said Lipetri. “There’s two [people] that we’ve identified. One we haven’t arrested, one we had an arrest … we identified somebody and we just locked him up in Brooklyn on Friday [May14].

Lipetri added that during the first Bayswater break-in a resident did chase the burglar out of the home. No one has been injured or arrested in any of the three crimes.

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