PO Marco Torres, 108th Precinct Community Affairs, called to let us know an arrest was made at one of our zombie house (abandoned house) locations.
The arrest was made at approximately 7:00 pm last night, Wednesday, November 15th, at 67-21 47th Avenue. The individual arrested is a 40-year old man who they believe is homeless. He was arrested for Criminal Trespass and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
We want to thank DI Travaglia for taking our concerns about these zombie properties seriously and also want to thank Lt. Corcoran, Special Operations, for having his officers visit the locations we provided. This house will be turned into the Department of Buildings and hopefully secured as soon as possible.
Abandoned properties were one of the topics discussed at our last COMET meeting. We asked our precincts if they would monitor the locations to make sure they were secured now that the cold weather is setting in. We don't want vandals, squatters or individuals using these locations for criminal activities. A couple of frame houses in our area, one of which is in Elmhurst on 54th Avenue, went on fire and luckily it didn't spread to neighboring homes.
If you know of an abandoned property near you, please let us know. They are not only unsightly, but could present a danger to neighbors on the block.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association