A weekend break-in at his home has left Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer looking for justice — and to prevent other families from meeting the same fate.
On Saturday, Van Bramer, who was away from his home at the time, received a call from his next door neighbor informing him that his Sunnyside Gardens home had been broken into overnight.
The burglar had opened the front and back doors with a crowbar, causing damage, and left a window open. A bicycle, some cash and jewelry he had belonging to his mother were stolen.
Although Van Bramer is still surveying his home to make sure nothing else has been taken, he said the main issue that should be addressed is stopping such a thing from happening to others in his community.
“Material things can always be replaced,” said Van Bramer. “What’s important is that these guys get caught and that we stop this from happening to any other family.”
He said the situation is particularly dangerous because the burglar had entered the home in the middle of the night, when most people are sleeping.
Van Bramer, who called the burglars “cowards,” is working with the 108th Precinct to investigate the break-in.
“We can’t have criminals terrorize this neighborhood,” said Van Bramer. “I won’t rest until they are in jail.”