Robbery Patterns Emerge In 101 Precinct
According to Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri the areas of concern are near St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and the Edgemere Houses development.
Lipetri said that most of the robberies that occurred near SJEH have been around the hospital or right on Elk Drive.
“The perpetrators are usually two males,” he said. Another robbery happened on the boardwalk and Beach 19 Street and the deputy inspector suspects the same person or persons.
So far all the victims have been female and one woman has been identified as an employee of the hospital.
The robberies have taken place within a 12 hour timeframe – between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
“You have to be aware of your surroundings,” urged Lipetri. “If you can walk with someone else, that’s always great. One of the victims was getting something out of the trunk [of her car] at the time. Obviously she couldn’t see the two perpetrators come up. They assaulted her and took her jewelry.”
Police are looking for two black males, possibly one Hispanic, between the ages of 20 and 25.
In contrast to the St. John’s robberies, the ones in and around the Edgemere Houses are gang related and involve violence.
“These are gangs in buildings feuding with other buildings and with some other areas,” explained Lipetri.
“Two robberies took place at 439 Beach 54 Street and another at 334 Beach 56 Street,” said Lipetri. Except for one female, the perpetrators are usually two to three males.
“It’s about jewelry, electronics and a wallet,” said the deputy inspector about the items taken. “They always say they actually have a firearm or they simulate one.”
Lipetri said there was no particular time period when these robberies have occurred.
“It pretty much spans the 24-hour period,” he said.