2011-05-13 / Top Stories

Breezy Sees Spate Of Home Burglaries

By Howard Schwach

Three local youths have been arrested in the past week in connection with a spate of burglaries of homes in the Breezy Point cooperative, police sources say.

“We have been concentrating resources on the cooperative in recent weeks because there have been seven home burglaries in recent weeks,” said Deputy Inspector Thomas Barrett, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park. “We collared three kids, [who either] once lived in the cooperative and moved away, [or who] still do.”

Barrett declined to provide the names of those arrested because they are juveniles.

The C.O. said that the growth in burglaries has been startling.

“Last year, there were none, and now we have seven in a short period of time,” he said.

The cooperative management has called a town meeting at the Colony at 7 p.m. on May 18 to address the problem.

According to information in the Breezy Point newspaper, the Rockaway Point News, shareholders were told recently that there were “13 reported incidents, nine of which were confirmed.”

According to that paper, the burglaries occurred at homes on a number of the community’s secluded walks, including Kildare Walk, Fulton Walk, Essex Walk and Jamaica Walk.

One resident, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the cooperative, said that he believed that the problem stems from young residents who drink too much and have too little to do to keep them busy in the evening.

“The cooperative has been covering up activity such as this for years,” he said, “and the security policy of doing nothing has come home to roost.”

Cooperative officials declined to comment on the rash of burglaries.

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