Good news! Someone saw something AND said something!
At approximately 3:00 am on Tuesday morning, March 19th, the 110th Precinct received a 911 call from an individual stating two suspicious males were tampering with the mailbox on Grand Avenue at Queens Boulevard. The individuals were no longer at the location when the sector car arrived, but the officers spotted a vehicle nearby that matched the description given over 911.
The officers pulled over the vehicle and as they were speaking with the occupants they spotted a cord or wire in the cup holder of the vehicle. When one of the officers shined a light into the rear of the vehicle he saw glue traps strewn all over and clearly visible were approximately 40+ checks that were most likely going to be "washed". The perpetrators "wash" off the information on the check, change the amount, etc. and then cash it for a large sum of money. (A glue trap is tied to a cord or wire and dropped into the mailbox to pull out the mail.)
PO Saponieri, 110th Precinct Community Affairs, said many of the envelopes in the vehicle had addresses in the vicinity of Grand Avenue.
This arrest would not have been possible if it were not for the witness who provided a detailed description of the perpetrators and the vehicle they were driving. These individuals have prior arrests but at his time we don't know what prior crimes they committed or whether these men were from our area. Perhaps we'll hear more at our meeting on April 1st.
Please, if you must mail a letter in a mailbox that hasn't been retrofitted, make sure it's mailed near the pickup time posted on the mailbox.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association