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Burglar strikes several homes near Bowne Park in Flushing


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons, Inset courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted for a recent burglary pattern in the area surrounding Flushing’s Bowne Park dating back to June.

Police released on Thursday morning a surveillance camera image of the suspect, described as a black male wearing a white bucket hat and a gray jogging suit while carrying a backpack.

The first incident occurred between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 16, when the crook entered the backyard of a home on 158th Street and was observed trying to enter through a window. Police said he fled after he was unable to get inside.

His second burglary attempt also failed, police said, when he unsuccessfully tried to enter through a window of a 154th Street home on June 25 between 3 and 10 p.m.

Police said the burglar finally succeeded on July 1, when he broke into a home on 28th Street between 1:30 and 4 p.m. and removed an undetermined amount of property.

Then, on July 2 between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., authorities said, the bandit broke through a rear window of a home on 25th Avenue and stole two gold rings and a pair of earrings.

All of the incidents took place within the confines of the 109th Precinct.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary pattern or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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Suspect sought in forcible touching of teen in Flushing


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Photo/video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man wanted for forcibly touching a 14-year-old girl in Flushing last month.

On June 29 at about 1 p.m. the victim was walking near 41st Avenue and Main Street when the suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks several times, according to cops.

The man then fled the scene; there were no reported injuries.

Police describe the suspect as a black man in his early 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Authorities have released surveillance video and photos of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Five-alarm inferno in Queens Village amid stormy weather


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@FDNY

Updated Monday, June 1, 11:24 a.m.

Firefighters battled a five-alarm inferno at a Queens Village commercial building Sunday night amid wild weather that caused street closures borough-wide due to flooding.

According to the FDNY, the blaze broke out at about 6:30 p.m. on the ground floor of the warehouse located in the area of 218th Street and 98th Avenue.

Hundreds of firefighters from across the city were battling the inferno, which was upgraded to a five-alarm fire at about 8:47 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported, and the blaze was brought under control about four hours later.

The 109th Precinct tweeted that the odor of heavy smoke from the fire wafted across northeast Queens. Residents in the Queens Village area were advised to keep their windows closed and limit outdoor activity until the smoke dissipated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, as thunderstorms carrying torrential rains rolled through the city, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reported numerous road closures due to flooding.

As of 9:01 p.m. Sunday night, the OEM reported flooding forced the closure of the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway at Union Turnpike in Glendale and the Long Island Expressway at Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows. Both roads have since reopened.

The 104th Precinct also reported that part of Cypress Avenue at Vermont Place in Glendale was closed after a sinkhole developed at a construction site.

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SUV smashes into Flushing supermarket, injuring five


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter, @NYPD109Pct

Updated Wednesday, May 27 

An out-of-control sports utility vehicle turned a Flushing supermarket into a drive-thru Tuesday afternoon, injuring four people plus the driver in the process.

Police said the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. inside the Pathmark located at 31-06 Farrington St.

A 72-year-old woman was behind the wheel of the Mercedes Benz SUV when she suddenly accelerated while in the supermarket parking lot and drove into the wall of the store before coming to rest inside, cops said.

Officers from the 109th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene.

Four people and the driver received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals. Three of the victims were reportedly transported to New York Hospital Queens, while two others were taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

An investigation is still ongoing.

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Heroin concealed in candy wrappers found inside car in Flushing: NYPD


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Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

It was like taking candy from a criminal.

Police, while collaring a driver for a suspended license in Flushing Tuesday afternoon, discovered about $85,000 worth of heroin hidden in butterscotch-like wrappers inside the man’s car, authorities said.

Cops noticed the vehicle idling at Prince Street and 39th Avenue about 3:45 p.m., and when they ran the plate, they found that the driver, 40-year-old Jesus Perez, had a suspended license, according to the NYPD.

Inside the car, they uncovered the heroin and a digital scale, and arrested Perez, along with his passenger, Ivan Carvajas, 50.

According to the 109th Precinct, the drugs were valued at around $85,000.

Perez, of Deer Park, Long Island, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated unlicensed operator.

Carvajas, a Jackson Heights resident, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary of tools.

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Two 109th Precinct cops show NYPD’s friendly side in Whitestone


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of We Love Whitestone

While 12-year-old Joseph Prisco was playing basketball alone in a local Whitestone park one day, a squad car pulled up at the curb and one officer approached him.

Joseph thought maybe he was in trouble, but what the officer said shocked him. The policeman asked to “shoot some hoops,” according to the boy, while his partner waited by the car.

As the officer played with the preteen, he asked questions about where Joseph lived, sports he liked and school. When they finished playing, Joseph called his mother, Angela Delli Gatti-Prisco, and told her about what happened. She was stunned, and thought, “Since when does a police officer stop a car to play ball with some kid at a park?” she recalled.

But the men, Police Officers Justin Hubbard and Nicholas Hon, were just making certain the boy was okay when they saw him alone on March 26 at Clintonville Playground. Their actions inspired Delli Gatti-Prisco to write a letter of appreciation to the We Love Whitestone community group, which honored the two officers on Wednesday.

“In today’s day and age, many of us take for granted the protection and service we are provided by our ‘men in blue,’ the policemen of New York City, who day in and day out put their lives on the line for the lives of others,” the mother wrote in a letter to the group.

About the incident, the cops said they were just doing their job and checking on the boy. That humble response resonated with community members.

“With all the bad publicity that cops have been getting, we felt that the majority of them are good and trying to do good things,” We Love Whitestone founder Alfredo Centola said. “And we wanted to acknowledge their going above and beyond their everyday duties.”

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Candlelight vigils across Queens to pay tribute to fallen NYPD officers


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Communities across much of Queens are coming out tonight to hold candlelight vigils for the two police officers slain in Brooklyn over the weekend.

Candles and flowers have begun to appear on Myrtle and Tompkins avenues in Brooklyn, where two police officers were shot to death over the weekend.

While the incident may have occurred in Brooklyn,  people and precincts all across Queens are honoring the officers Monday night.

The candlelight vigils are being held all across the borough to pay tribute to Police Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40. The two were killed in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 20. In what is being called an assassination, shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked up behind the car and killed the two officers.

The shooter then ran to the G line subway station at Myrtle-Willoughby Aves with cops chasing him. After disappearing into the station, he shot himself in the head on a platform, according to reports.

In Jackson Heights, a candlelight vigil will be held at 5 p.m. at Diversity Plaza at the corner of 37th Road and 74th Street, Jackson Heights. The vigil is replacing a tree lighting. “Please come in peace and dignity,” read the notice announcing the vigil.

The 109th Precinct council in Flushing will be holding a similar ceremony at 149th Street and Willets Point Boulevard at 7 p.m. The event is also being sponsored by the “We Love Whitestone Association.”

The 109th Precinct wrote on its Twitter account: “The outpouring of support for the #NYPD is overwhelming. More tears fall with every message read. The brave officers of the #109pct THANK YOU.”

Nearby in the 108th Precinct, another vigil for the officers was organized outside the station house. It was set to start at 6:30 p.m.

In Forest Hills, the 112th Precinct will also be paying respects to the two police officers with a candlelight vigil. They will hold the ceremony in their station house on Austin Street at 7 p.m.

On Friday, there will be a viewing service in Glendale at Christ Tabernacle Church for Ramos and the funeral service will be held the next day in the same church at 10 a.m.

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Police shoot and kill knife-wielding man in Flushing


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

One man is dead after he confronted police with a utility knife Sunday morning in Flushing, according to authorities.

The incident started when a 29-year-old man at New York Hospital Queens threatened personnel with a knife and then fled the facility, police said.

According to published reports, the man, Joseph Priolo, checked into the hospital early Sunday morning complaining of chest pains. Following his release, he returned a short time later, brandishing the weapon.

After he fled the hospital, cops were called, and at about 7:40 a.m., they began to canvas the area.

Then at about 8:24 a.m., a suspect, who fit Priolo’s description, was seen in front of 43-32 Kissena Blvd., according to authorities.

Police approached Priolo on foot and he then confronted one of the officers while holding a utility knife in one hand, authorities said. The officer then shot his gun twice, striking Priolo once in the torso.

Priolo was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Four members of the NYPD were taken to New York Hospital Queens for treatment of tinnitus.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Police looking for thief who stole gold necklace off victim’s neck in Flushing


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy the NYPD

Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a bizarre theft in which the victim was tricked into modeling scarves so the suspect could steal her gold necklace.

The suspect, described as a 40-year-old Asian woman, approached the victim, a 56-year-old woman, about modeling scarves for her on July 20 at about 1:45 p.m. in front of a retail store at 41-43 Main St. in Flushing, cops said.

Both women entered the store, and while the suspect was placing scarves on the victim’s neck, she removed a gold necklace from the older woman and fled the store in an unknown direction, according to authorities.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, and has black hair and a thin build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Cops search for College Point serial burglar


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Photo courtesy of the NYPD

A serial burglar has committed 25 break-ins in College Point since March, police said.

Cops are looking to identify a man caught on film during a May 8 burglary near 14th Avenue and 124th Street.

During the burglaries, the man broke into residential locations and stole items that included jewelry, electronics and money, mostly during daylight hours, police said.

In one incident on May 25, $3,000 in Chinese currency was taken, cops said.

The suspect is described as about 25 to 40 years old and 170 to 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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109th Precinct donates $500 to elderly victims of robbery in Flushing


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Photos courtesy NYPD

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Being an NYPD officer goes further than just catching bad guys- it’s about helping the victims.

Cops from the 109th Precinct in Flushing reached into their pockets to help out 71-year-old twin sisters who were robbed of their monthly income, the NYPD said on its Facebook page.

The women were on their way home from a bank in Flushing on April 5 when they were followed into an elevator in their apartment building by Salvador Morales, who knocked them to the floor and stole the $1,100 in Social Security aid they just received, the NYPD said.

One of the sisters suffered a fractured bone in her leg, and both were transported to New York Hospital Queens.

After word of the crime spread through the precinct, Officer Anthony Lo Verme and Detective Kevin O’Donnell collected about $500 from their colleagues and donated the money in person to the victims, the police said.

“When we heard that they had just lost their entire monthly income we all knew we had to help,” O’Donnell said.

Morales, a 58-year-old man from Manhattan, was arrested in Brooklyn and has been charged with burglary, robbery and assault. Police were able to identify him from similar burglaries he pulled off in Coney Island in Brooklyn wearing the same “mask-and-hat get-up,” police said.

Morales has at least 11 prior arrests for burglaries dating back to 1989, authorities said.

The cops visited the women, who are still recovering, and handed the money to them at their bedsides.

“Cops in New York City do things like this each and every day,” said Inspector Brian Maguire of the 109th Precinct.”I love the fact that my officers took it upon themselves and they rose to the occasion.” 

 

 

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Cops help elderly Flushing couple dig car out of ice and snow


| mchan@queenscourier.com

PHOTO COURTESY NYPD

The last big snowfall to bury the city uncovered the best in two local cops.

Police Officers Adrienne Galvani and Cory Smith of the 109th Precinct took a brief detour from their anti-crime patrol, shortly after the Feb. 13 snowstorm, to help an elderly Flushing couple dig their buried car out of a thick sheet of ice.

“We pictured our grandparents in that situation,” Galvani said. “As soon as we saw them, we knew we had to stop and help them.”

Arnold Lederer, 98, and his wife Theresa, 86, had set aside the full day to dig out their 1997 Oldsmobile Intrigue in order to pick up an important prescription at their local pharmacy.

“There was a big pile of snow behind it and a big pile in front,” Theresa said. “It was quite deep and it was already icy. We were planning to take little breathers every few minutes.”

The officers took the shovels from their hands and told them to keep warm inside.

For 35 minutes, they chipped away at the ice, even breaking an ice pick in the process, said the longtime Queens couple who lives on Willets Point Blvd.

With Galvani steering the wheel and Smith pushing from behind, the pair even loosened the car out of its street parking spot and checked up with the Lederers the next day.

“It was the right thing to do,” said Galvani, who has been with the precinct for nearly 11 years. “They would have never gotten that car out.”

The Lederers are still in shock over the act of kindness.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed by their generosity and the time that they spent,” Theresa said. “They wouldn’t even accept a cup of coffee.”

 

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Cops arrest alleged catalytic converter thieves in Flushing


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Police arrested two men in Flushing for allegedly sawing catalytic converters off multiple trucks in a U-Haul storage lot.

The device — which contains precious metals inside, like platinum — has been the target of a costly new citywide crime trend.

Dwayne Longmore, 31, and Neil Stephens, 33, were arrested Jan. 4 and charged with grand larceny for allegedly removing eight catalytic converters out of the 36-30 College Point Blvd. lot, police said.

The stolen devices totaled nearly $5,000, according to Crime Prevention Officer Anthony Lo Verme of the 109th Precinct.

Executive Officer Captain Tommy Ng said the precinct has not seen other catalytic converter thefts since the arrests.

The 111th Precinct, which reported a spike in November and December, is also experiencing a lull in the crime this month, though other grand larcenies are spiking, Crime Prevention Officer Luigi Galano said.

Car thefts and vehicle break-ins in Bayside have increased, as drivers are still leaving valuables unattended and in plain view.

“It’s enough for us to realize there’s a problem,” Galano said.

The crimes are taking place near the Bayside Gables and from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue.

The NYPD said parking in well-lit areas near traffic, being aware of surroundings and checking on cars, even while at home, could help avoid thefts.

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Police amp up efforts to reduce grand larcenies in downtown Flushing


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Police are beefing up efforts to protect downtown Flushing shoppers from pickpockets ahead of the Lunar New Year, as grand larcenies have more than doubled since last year.

“We will be taking extra precaution, with the community carrying lots of money,” said Inspector Brian Maguire, commanding officer of the 109th Precinct.

A command post vehicle will be stationed outside the Flushing branch of the Queens Library over the weekend, at the start of new year celebrations, Maguire said.

The precinct has also amped up awareness initiatives and held a crime prevention seminar Tuesday for local business owners.

Officers played surveillance footage of pickpockets to show how fast the crime can occur when property is unattended or victims are unaware.

“In the blink of an eye, your bag is gone,” said Captain Tommy Ng, the precinct’s executive officer.

Last year, the precinct saw a 53 percent increase in grand larcenies from 2012, Maguire said.

The crime, which includes credit-card fraud, phone thefts and shoplifting, is still rising.

Grand larcenies in the precinct have spiked more than 56 percent so far since last year, jumping from 48 to 75 incidents in the first three weeks of January to date, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Maguire said a partnership between the NYPD and local businesses could whittle down rising numbers.

Officials from the Chung Fat Supermarket on Main Street recently helped officers arrest a pickpocket with an extensive criminal history, he said.

“I truly believe that working together, we can achieve great things,” Maguire said. “We will make Flushing safer, trust me. We all should have this as a common goal.”

Ng warned diners not to hang their purses over chairs at restaurants or bars. He also told store owners to be wary of people who reappear multiple times without making a purchase.

“That should raise a flag immediately,” Ng said. “He is not your customer. He is in your store to commit a crime.”

 

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Police seek suspect in Flushing restaurant purse theft


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a woman who last month snatched an unattended purse off a chair at a Chinese restaurant in Flushing and fled.

The grand larceny took place at Good Fortune Restaurant, at 46-45 Kissena Boulevard, on Nov. 30 at about noon.

The suspect — described as an Asian woman with long black hair and brown eyes — allegedly took the bag off a chair after a 25-year-old female victim left it behind to go to the bathroom, police said.

The thief walked out of the restaurant and fled in a 2013 black Mercedes Benz, according to authorities.

Officers of the 109th Precinct urge residents to keep their valuables close while shopping and dining and not to leave them unattended, especially in restaurants, cars and shopping carts.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.

 

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