Burglar-Chasers Sweep West End
Police officers from specialized units in the Queens South Command have joined officers from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park in the search for the person or persons responsible for the large number of burglaries in the precinct in the last four months.
On Thursday, October 13, cops from the precinct corralled three young men for a residential burglary at 318 Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Beach.
According to the criminal complaint, supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the homeowner came home to find several items, including an X-Box game system, a number of games, an Ipod and money missing. Her front window had been pried open, sources say.
That same day, the three men charged with the crime were seen on a surveillance tape attempting to sell the items at the Rockaway Pawn Brokers at Beach 87 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
The three are identified in court papers as Delionel Dekind, 19, of 20-38 Seagirt Boulevard; Taquan Harding, 17, of 81-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Terrence Mayborn, 18, of 81-10 Beach Channel Drive.
Bail for each of the three was set at $25,000 for their next hearing, which is scheduled for October 28 in Queens Criminal Court.
Over the past month, burglaries have grown to 14 from two during the same period last year, a rise of 600 percent.
For the year to date, the number of burglaries has grown to 102 from 44 during the same period last year, a rise of more than 130 percent.
Sources say the burglaries continue – four over the week ending on October 9, despite the fact that a man was arrested for burglarizing a home on Beach 120 Street in Rockaway Park last week.
Sources told The Wave that the police presence includes both uniformed officers in marked cars and plainclothes officers both in unmarked cars and walking specific areas of interest.
In addition, uniformed police have been going door to door in both Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor, handing out flyers that warn homeowners to lock their doors and windows.
Many of the burglaries have been in homes where the perpetrator often cuts through screen doors and windows, although some of the later burglaries have been through locked doors and windows, which have been forced open by the burglar or burglars.
The message from Captain Scott Olexa, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct is, keep your doors and windows secured.
“The great majority of [the burglaries] have been break-ins through unsecured doors and windows. They cut through the screens and walk in, taking jewelry and cash and whatever else they can quickly get their hands on,” said Olexa, who had detailed special units, including his anti-crime unit that works in civilian clothing, to cover the area most often hit by the burglar(s).
“I can’t emphasize the need to keep windows and doors secured, especially when residents are away from the house,” Olexa told The Wave. “Doing that would cut down significantly on the burglary pattern.
The 100 Precinct is not alone in an increase of burglaries.
In the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, burglaries during the last 28-day period have risen to 23 this year from 10 last year, a rise of 130 percent.