The latest incidents occurred over the weekend in the vicinity of 56th Road/60th Street - not far from 59th Drive where the last break ins occurred. One source claims more than 20 cars were broken into this past weekend. The 104th said that at the time I called about 9 reports were filed. (It's possible that some people didn't take the time to make the report.) If you, or someone you know was a victim, you can still make a report. At this point the number of vehicles broken into isn't this issue - the issue is that crooks are wondering around our area and no one sees anything suspicious!
This is not just a Maspeth problem. The 104th states that these incidents have occurred pretty much throughout the precinct - including Glendale and Ridgewood. These crooks will move around throughout the area. As they near our precinct borders we soon may find victims in Elmhurst and Winfield too. This must be a lucrative business because they keep coming back.
It's likely that these crimes are occurring during early morning hours. If you should happen to get up to go to the bathroom, take a moment to look out your window. If you see something suspicious, get a description/direction the individuals are headed and call 911. Tell the operator we've had a rash of car break ins and explain why these people look suspicious. Don't be concerned if you're right or wrong - let the police sort it out. You can't get into trouble if you're mistaken.
If anyone has any information about these break ins please contact the 104th. If you prefer, pass the info on to me and I'll give it in anonymously. We need to get these people off the street. Please pass this on to friends/family!