Just received a call from Captain Manson, 104th Precinct, concerning a possible new scam. The incident occurred on Tuesday 10/15 but was just reported.
Tuesday, 10/15, 10:30 am, 73rd Place/57th Avenue, Maspeth - Asian male 63-year old victim. Victim was approached by two male Hispanics in their 50's. They said they were looking for an envelope they dropped and accused the victim of taking it. When the victim said he didn't find an envelope, perpetrators asked him to let them see his wallet. He showed them his wallet and subsequently realized $500 was missing.
Most likely one perpetrator distracted the victim while the other took the money. This can happen to anyone, anywhere. Don't fall for it! Report incidents to the NYPD so they will be aware of what's going on.
Heard from member on 72nd Street in Maspeth that folks awoke this past Sunday morning to find slashed tires on about 1/2 dozen cars - two around the corner from Frank's Deli (72nd Place/53rd Road). Another member said he heard 25-30 vehicles - each had a tire slashed in the same vicinity. A possible description of the vandal is a male about 25 years old with a hoodie.
I reached out to Captain Manson, 104th Precinct. He said the precinct has four reports for slashed tires but did not provide a description of the vandal.
Regardless of how many vehicles were vandalized, the NYPD only knows how many were actually reported. The more crime reported in an area means the more chance of police presence. That's why it's important to make a police report if something happens. You need to stress this to your neighbors! Everyone needs to stay alert - this is close to the Elmhurst/Woodside border!!
Roe Daraio, President
Comet Civic Association