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Queens man rented out homes he didn’t own on Craigslist: cops


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Photo courtesy of Nassau County Police Department

A Queens man pocketed more than $5,000 after he rented out two Long Island residences on Craigslist without the owners’ permission, police said.

Terrell Hill, 31, of Jamaica, posted an ad on Craigslist, pretending to be the homeowner of a Valley Stream residence, and rented the place to two women, authorities said. He charged the pair $1,500 as a down payment, but when the rightful homeowner came to check on the residence on Wednesday and found the women, the cops were called.

The same day, Hill went to the home to collect more money from the renters and was arrested.

Police said they later discovered Hill also rented another unoccupied residence, a home in Elmont, to a woman on Aug. 1. Again, he pretended to be the homeowner, and collected $3,800 from the renter.

Hill has been charged with grand larceny and burglary.

Anyone who believes they may have also been victimized by Hill should call 516-573-6453.

 

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109th Precinct cautions about airplane ticket scams


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RACHEL LANDAU

The 109th Precinct urges users of certain websites to be extra cautious.

According to officers, a 23-year-old Asian man is wanted by police for duping a victim out of thousands of dollars.  The man sold the victim 19 roundtrip tickets from New York City to Shanghai, valued at $22,000, which he said he paid in person, in cash on October 8. The perpetrator allegedly gave the victim 19 corresponding confirmation numbers. When the victim went to check the confirmation numbers, the statuses were all cancelled. Numerous attempts to contact the perpetrator were made by the victim shortly thereafter. Despite his persistent phone calls, the victim has yet to find the perp.

“It might have been a one-time incident but it could very well become a new scam,” cautioned Police officer Anthony LoVerme.

LoVerme urges users to be careful on sites such as Craigslist since it is difficult to really know with whom one is dealing.

LoVerme strongly suggests that one buy airplane tickets from a reputable source, therefore avoiding “cash-only street-dealings” with strangers.

 

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In need of gas, drivers turn online to find fuel


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Desperate to find fuel following Sandy, drivers are turning to online sources, such as Twitter, Craigslist and other websites to get gas.

Driving around or travelling far distances aren’t an option as a car’s gas gauge moves closer to empty, so to better pinpoint where to go to fill up, people are crowdsourcing, Reuters reported.

Popular hashtags to find gas on Twitter include #njgas, #nygas, #nycgas and #brooklyngas, and handles, such as @njgas  and @GasBuddy, according to Reuters.

In addition to being on Twitter, Gas Buddy, a website to find local gas prices, has a special Sandy fuel shortage tracker, where you can search for stations and help others by reporting station information. Gas Buddy also has a smartphone app.

Those that are even more desperate for gas can check out Craigslist.

Though people have been selling and trading items on the website for years, since the fuel shortage, some are hocking gas at up to $30 a gallon, according to the Huffington Post, and those prices could go up the longer the shortage continues.

How are you finding places to fill up your gas during the Sandy fuel shortage? 

Body of missing escort Shannan Gilbert likely found in Oak Beach, L.I. one year after disappearance


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Body of missing escort Shannan Gilbert likely found in Oak Beach, L.I. one year after disappearance
A year after the search for Shannan Gilbert led to the discovery of 10 bodies at Gilgo Beach, L.I., the missing escort’s corpse was found a few miles away, police said Tuesday. Gilbert’s purse, including her ID and cell phone, and her jeans and shoes were found in marshland last week, and police expanded their efforts to find her body. Skeletal remains were found at the Oak Beach site, and police said they believe they belong to Gilbert but have not confirmed it through forensics. Read More: Daily News

 

Seaburn Bookstore, Astoria’s only independent bookseller, to close this month 

The only independent book store in Astoria selling mainstream titles is slated to close its doors for good this month. Seaburn Bookstore has been losing money for years and its owner tried to shutter the shop last year. But an outpouring of community support at the time — and a jump in sales — prompted the owner, Sam Chekwas, to keep the beloved store open. He even remodelled and added an Internet cafe to appeal to new customers. Read More: Daily News

 

Disabled Flushing resident says the Veterans Administration botched his wheelchair

Matthew Raible, a 63-year-old Vietnam veteran, said he waited nine months for the Veterans Administration to give him a proper wheelchair that he desperately needed for his everyday life. And less than a week after it arrived, both wheels fell off, he said. This is one of many complaints that Raible, a quadriplegic, has with the VA, which is responsible for providing his wheelchairs and other health care services. Read More: Daily News

 

Teacher has students do ‘God’s’ work

A Queens high school teacher got students to unwittingly do volunteer work for a controversial religious charity run by the son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham that has been accused of mixing its celebrated aid to the poor with proselytizing. Students in John Bowne HS said their math teacher, Mr. Joseph, asked them in class last month if they would bring in shoe boxes filled with toys, clothes and teddy bears for the Samaritan’s Purse annual Operation Christmas Child program. Read More: New York Post

109th Precinct Crime Prevention Tips


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With unattended property crimes, cases of con games and larcenies of rims and tires rising across the confines of the 109th Precinct, the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Crime Prevention Unit is providing the public with tips on how to keep their valuables safe.

            According to the NYPD, Nissan Maximas, Cadillacs and Infinitis are the primary models being targeted.

            The police suggest the following tips to prevent rim or tire theft:

  1. Utilize lug nut locks. Locks can be purchased for roughly $50. Car owners often use two locks per rim.
  2. Activate any and all alarms. Alarms equipped with a tilt sensor, which activate if the vehicle is moved, are among the most effective alarms on the market.
  3. Pay additional attention at night. Many thefts occur after dark, so residents are advised to pay attention to suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
  4. Video cameras in the front of the house are considered a strong deterrent.
  5.  Park your car in an area with an abundance of lighting, such as a well lit street or parking lot.
  6. Utilize a garage, if it is available.
  7. Be a good neighbor. Community involvement is vital when preventing theft, so if you witness a suspicious character, call 911. Your call will remain anonymous.

In order to prevent having your unattended property stolen, the NYPD offers the following advice:

  1. Do not store valuables in your vehicle. G.P.S systems, tools, laptop computers, cash and jewelry are among the items targeted by thieves.
  2. Keep your pocketbooks on your shoulders at all time. A woman’s pocketbook should never be left in the car, in carts while shopping or on the back of a chair while eating.        
  3. Be aware at all times. Vehicle break-ins occur both in the daytime and overnight.

 

To avoid falling prey to con games, the NYPD suggests the following tips:

  1. Never respond to an email or phone call that claims you have won the lottery or any other prize.
  2. Never send a check or wire money to someone you do not know.
  3. Be wary of potential scams on websites such as Craigslist, which offer job and other opportunities in exchange for payment.  
  4. Be alert while loading your car after shopping. Professional thieves will often distract you while their accomplice steals your property from the car.
  5. Remember the saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”

If you fall victim to or witness any of the above crimes within the confines of the 109th Precinct, call Community Affairs at 718-321-2268.