Tag Archives: Robberies

Hybrid batteries stolen from 12 cars in 108th Precinct

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In the past few months, car thieves have been walking away with more than just personal items when breaking into the trunks of some hybrid vehicles in western Queens.

According to the 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, since November expensive hybrid batteries have been stolen out of the trunks of 12 hybrid Toyota Camrys in the area. The majority have been taken from Long Island City.

All of the vehicles, which can run on electrical power as well as a gasoline engine, have been taxis and include 10 yellow cabs and two livery vehicles.

The batteries cost from $2,000 to $3,000. They also have no serial numbers, making them untraceable, according to Debra Markell Kleinert, district manager of Community Board 2.

“The 108th is being proactive and working with the community to try to resolve this issue,” Markell Kleinert said.

The incidents are currently under investigation by the Grand Larceny Squad and 108th Precinct’s Detective Squad.


Suspects wanted for robbing, punching Queens F train riders

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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for two men wanted in a string of robberies on the F train in Queens, where they punch their victims as they try to take their property.

The first theft took place at the 169th Street stop on Sept. 2 at about 4:10 a.m. A 23-year-old man was walking up the stairs of the subway station when two men grabbed him from behind, authorities said. The suspects threw the victim to the ground, punched him in the face and took his wallet from his back pocket. The suspects then fled.

On Sept. 30, at about 9 a.m., a 30-year-old man was on a northbound F train when he was approached by two men, police said. One of the men punched the victim in the face and demanded his iPad. When the victim exited the train at the Sutphin Boulevard station, the suspects followed him, but fled without stealing anything.

During the latest incident, on Oct. 8, at about 1:40 p.m., the two suspects targeted a 33-year-old man as he was sitting on a southbound F train, according to authorities. The train was stopped at the Parsons Boulevard stop when one of the suspects grabbed the victim’s cellphone from his hand and fled. When the victim tried to chase him, a second man punched the victim in the face.

Police have released a video of the suspects and described them as two Hispanic men in their 20s.

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.


Two wanted in Flushing, Fresh Meadows street robberies  

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Cops are looking for two suspects in a string of street robberies in Flushing and Fresh Meadows over the last month.

One of the suspects snatched a bag from a 63-year-old woman on Aug.4 at the intersection of 202nd Street and Hillside Avenue at about 4:50 a.m. after flashing a gun at the victim, cops said.

A suspect then stole another woman’s bag at the intersection of 162nd Street and Booth Memorial Avenue on Aug. 14 around 9:15 p.m. after assaulting the 46-year-old.

Both suspects are wanted in two other street robberies this month—on Aug. 17 at the intersection of 165th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway at about 9:30 p.m. and on Aug. 18 at the intersection of the Horace Harding Expressway and 148th Street, officials said. During the latest robbery, the pair approached a 23-year-old man just after midnight and assaulted him before taking his personal property.

Police describe the suspects as black men in their 20s, 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, and have released a video of one of the suspects using a credit card that was taken during the Aug. 18 robbery.

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.


Suspects wanted for robberies targeting pedestrians in South Richmond Hill area

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Police are searching for two to four suspects wanted in a string of thefts around the South Richmond Hill area where the robbers assaulted pedestrians before stealing from them.

In all the incidents, the suspects targeted Asian victims, mostly around the area of Liberty Avenue on 125th and 126th streets, cops said.

The suspects first robbed a 34-year-old man near Liberty Avenue and 126th Street on April 10, according to police. They pushed the victim against the wall, demanded his property and took his watch, necklace, bracelet, wallet, ring, $80 and iPhone before fleeing on foot.

On Saturday, April 19, a 34-year-old male was approached by four suspects on Liberty Avenue near 125th Street, who punched him and removed his wallet containing $80 and other items, officials said.

Two days later, at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 125th Street, a 54-year-old woman was walking to a bus stop when she was approached by two suspects who pushed her against a fence and demanded that she give them her pocketbook, cops said. The suspects then took her wallet, $5 and her cell phone and fled in a black vehicle.

On April 30, on 126th Street near 95th Avenue, one suspect pushed a 56-year-old man while a second suspect removed his wallet containing $560, credit cards and a driver’s license. Both suspects then fled, according to police.

In the latest robbery, on Friday, near Rockaway Boulevard and 113th Street, one suspect followed a 55-year-old man and took his wallet containing $700, credit cards and a driver’s license while a second suspect struck the victim in the face. Both suspects fled eastbound on 111th Street in a black Kia Optima, officials said.

Police have released a video from Friday’s incident, and describe two of the suspects as men in their twenties. One is about five feet six inches tall and 150 pounds; the second suspect is around 5 feet 7 inches tall and 165 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.


Police searching for suspects in Flushing, Briarwood robberies

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Video Courtesy NYPD

Police are looking for two men wanted in connection with two robberies on Saturday.

According to the NYPD, the first robbery occurred at approximately 12:25 a.m. in the vicinity of 58th Road and 138th Street in Flushing. The two suspects approached a 22-year-old male victim, placed him in a chokehold, displayed a firearm and then removed his Samsung Galaxy cellphone and wallet. No medical attention was requested after the incident.

The second robbery took place the same day around 12:45 a.m.near 84th Drive and 148th Street in Briarwood , said police. The suspects approached the 31-year-old male and 38-year-old female victims, displayed a firearm and removed their iPhone, purse and wallet, and then fled. No medical attention was requested after this incident.

According to police, the suspects are described as being 18 to 20-year-old males, approximately 5’7”to 5’9” with thin builds.

The NYPD has released a video of the first robbery in Flushing.

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.



Cars, TVs being stolen in south Queens

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Police from the 106th Precinct are warning residents of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Wakefield to be on the look for robbers who have been entering through windows of the first floor of homes.

When the robbers enter, usually through open windows, police said, they will take car keys and then steal the resident’s car. In other instances, the thieves have taken TVs from homes, police said.

The robberies began on Monday, August 6. Police encourage residents to lock the windows of their home’s first floor, and safely store car keys.

Anyone who has been a victim of these robberies, or has information on the thieves, are encouraged to call the precinct’s detective squad at 718-845-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.


‘Beats’ headphone thefts on the rise throughout NYC

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The city’s thugs have a new favorite to go with their stolen iPhones—stolen Dr. Dre headphones. The legendary rapper’s pricey, high-tech headphones, called “Beats by Dr. Dre,” are the new rage among bandits because they’re seen as “status symbols,” a police source said. Although they have yet to dethrone the iPhone as thieves’ top target, the headphones — which retail for $300 to $500 — are being snatched from kids at an alarming rate since the latest model hit the market around Christmas. Read More: New York Post

House-squatter thugs held in kidnapping, rape of Long Island teen

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Graphic by Jay Lane

House-squatter thugs held in kidnapping, rape of Long Island teen

A gang of sick squatters kidnapped, raped and pimped out a terrified 15-year-old Long Island runaway in a Queens house where they were illegally living, law-enforcement officials said yesterday. And in a bizarre twist, after the owner complained that people were living there illegally, cops went to the Ozone Park house the day before the girl was taken there against her will. Read More: New York Post

Multiple Armed Robberies Connected To “Snub-Nose” Bandit

The New York City Police Department and FBI are stepping up their search for an armed robber who has become increasingly violent. Investigators say the suspect, dubbed the “Snub-Nose Bandit” for his weapon of choice, is connected to at least six incidents in Brooklyn and Queens dating back to September. He mostly targets banks, but in his first robbery he held up a Dunkin Donuts in Greenpoint, firing one round into a tray of donuts as he demanded cash from the register. Read More: NY1


DA putting the screws to ‘brothel boss’ Anna Gristina

They pressed her over and over, pushed a list of 10 Big Apple power players at her — and demanded she spill the beans on the roster of real-estate moguls and investment bankers. “Some I knew, some I didn’t,” accused Upper East Side brothel boss Anna Gristina told The Post yesterday about an hours-long grilling she received from Manhattan prosecutors. But they kept pressing, bringing in more and more investigators to intimidate her. Read More: New York Post

FDNY minority  retort – Hit with a $128M ‘bias’ bill

The city could get socked with a bill of up to $128 million to compensate minority applicants who were rejected because of discriminatory hiring practices, a federal judge said yesterday. Judge Nicholas Garaufis first set the compensation pool at $65 million three weeks ago but revised the figure to factor in the “total gross amount of lost wages” for applicants who took the FDNY exam in 1999 or 2002 but were not hired. Read More: New York Post

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men

Cops are hunting for a group of men they say raped a woman on a dark Queens street early Sunday. The 20-year-old woman was walking near Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street in Hunters Point when two men grabbed her and dragged her into a parking lot at about 3:45 a.m., police said. As the two suspects held her down between two cars, a third man — who is in his late 20s and about 5-foot-10 with blond hair and blue eyes — raped her, cops said.  Read More: Daily News

Queens rape victim was falsely imprisoned for robberies; now she sues city cops for falling for her attacker’s story

A QUEENS rape victim who was locked up for robberies she didn’t commit is suing city and Long Island cops for falling for her attacker’s “preposterous hoax” of a revenge plot. In a federal lawsuit, Seemona Sumasar claims NYPD cops protected her attacker, Jerry Ramrattan, because he was secretly funneling them information about other crimes while working as an informant. Read More: Daily News

Parents and officials say Department of Education has turned back on Jamaica High School

Even though the Department of Education’s (DOE) decision to close Jamaica High School was finalized in February, current students are still hoping for a quality education. Currently in the process of being phased out, Jamaica High School no longer accepts new students and is expected to close its doors for good in 2014. Read More: Queens Courier

At Top Public Schools, the Arts Replace Recess

All of this concentrated learning — activities parents commonly think of as enrichment — was taking place not after school hours, but during recess, the once-unstructured midday break that for some elementary school students is slowly being squeezed out of the day. Jump rope, freeze tag and the jungle gym have some new competition. At some of the city’s highest-rated public elementary schools, recess is now being seen by parents and educators as a time to pack in extra learning. Read More: New York Times

Giants, Mets Trade: New York Trades Angel Pagan To San Francisco For Andres Torres, Ramon Ramirez

Walking across the hotel lobby, New York Mets manager Terry Collins smiled. “We rebuilt our bullpen in one day,” he said. In a rapid-fire series of moves at the winter meetings that took 1 1/2 days to put together and 1 1/2 hours to finalize, the Mets agreed to trade center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez, and reached agreements with free-agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. Read More: Huffington Post

Ex-corrections officer acquitted of attempted murder charges in Queens

A former correction officer who was facing up to 25 years in prison for shooting two men outside of a Queens bowling alley was acquitted of double attempted murder and assault charges. “His defense was one of self-defense,” said Michael Lavecchio’s trial attorney, Stephen Worth, after a jury cleared his client of all charges on Monday night. Lavecchio, 55, was working as a security guard at the AMF bowling alley on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights on February 6, 2010 when he asked Justin Donaghy and Gerard Hourigan to leave the building.  Read More: New York Post

MTA forgot about stranded blizzard train

The MTA’s subway boss admitted yesterday that transit officials got so overwhelmed during last year’s Christmas-time blizzard they “forgot” about an A train stuck on the tracks for nine agonizing hours with 500 passengers on board. Read More: New York Post

Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011: Queens foster care abductors held on bail

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The Round Up

Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011


Abductors held on $75,000 bail

Two weeks ago Shanel Nadal, and her husband Nephra Payne were arrested in Harrisburg, PA after abducting their 8 children from a foster care facility in Queens. Presiding judge Ira Margulis, has issued and order of protection for the children and held both parents on $75,000 bail each. Nadal claims she took the children because one of that had been sexually abused in the home of the foster parents. Read More: New York Times


Calling all nerds, NYC Comic Con kicks off in Manhattan

New York Comic Con started yesterday at the Javits Center on Thursday and runs all weekend. Day passes have already been sold out for the four day event but weekend passes are still available. Read More: WNYC


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor drugs… well, maybe drugs

Lori Allen a worker at a post office in Rosedale has been charged with stealing drugs from a package that was being shipped illegally. Allen was caught on tape Sept. 10 opening a parcel left on a supervisor’s desk, removing the contents, and replacing them with bubble wrap. Allen says she was paid $2,000 for stealing the drugs, by whoever tipped her off about the package. The ex-postal employee was released from jail on $25,000 bail. Read More: New York Post


What’s Happening in Queens this Weekend

Our editor collected a list of everything that is going on in Queens this weekend. Check it out at: Queens Courier


‘Holiday Bandit’ pleads guilty to bank robberies

Marat Mikhaylich, 35, became known as the “Holiday Bandit” after committing a spree of bank robberies in the New York area last Christmas. Mikhaylich robbed 9 banks in order to support his addiction to heroin. The bandit was finally tracked down to an apartment in Kew Gardens after a police investigation. Mikhaylich pleaded guilty to nine bank robbery counts and one count of brandishing a firearm and faces up to 205 months in prison and. Read More: New York Post

Rotary fetes NYPD job well done

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The Jamaica Rotary, under the leadership of President Joe Iaboni, is committed to doing good — and honoring those whose good work keeps Queens safe.

At this month’s meeting, where officers of Patrol Borough Queens South are feted for a job well done, the Rotary inducted an honorary member, a woman they helped to study abroad in Italy, but whose mother unfortunately passed away while she was there.

“I appreciate the Rotary because of the experience you gain,” she said. “I’m very appreciative of what they did for me.”

Deputy Inspector Charles McEvoy was the first to honor his officers.

“Robberies is a crime that drives the precinct,” he noted. “The officers we honor are doing an excellent job of stopping robberies.”

It was on August 18 that Sergeant Hugh Black and Officer Paul Grub responded to a robbery at a grocery store. The pair, who knew of a similar robbery, apprehended one suspect but the other two fled and got into a house where there were two women and their children. Following a short standoff, the suspects voluntarily vacated the home; one was arrested, the other fled. And although they were not arrested in regards to a previous incident, officers feel they are connected to the robbery of a woman two days earlier.

“In the four boroughs I’ve worked in, no one has done so much to honor cops,” said 113th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara of the Rotary.

He detailed how Officer William Clemens arrested a teen in connection with a break-in.

On August 11, the teen, with a prior record, allegedly broke a back window of a home in Addisleigh Park. The occupant inside called 9-1-1 and police responded within minutes, arresting the suspect. “Ever since he was arrested we haven’t had any other burglaries in the area,” noted Marmara.

Next, Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon of the 102nd Precinct honored a hero cop — and a hero on the front lines.

On September 14, Officer Ryan Fais observed a suspicious-looking individual at 127th Street and 95th Avenue. When he heard that there had been a burglary, Fais pursued the man and his accomplices, who entered a woman’s home. Fais, who volunteered to be deployed, apprehended the suspects.

“Officer Fais is the epitome of what you call ‘squared away,’” said DeLeon.

In the 106th Precinct, Captain Thomas Pascale also honored a veteran.

In July, Pascale said, the command was battling burglaries and auto thefts. Officer David Marconi, a recent addition to the anti-crime team, observed a man wheeling a large compressor down the street at 3 a.m. at 109th Avenue and 116th Street. Marconi stopped the man and found out who the compressor rightfully belonged to. The 25-year-old perp — with 20 priors — was arrested and charged with burglary.

“To the men and women we honored — I’m so proud,” said Assistant Chief James Secreto, commanding officer of PBQS. “A common theme is that these cops are doing extra. I want to commend you for your dedication.”

Secreto noted that he is proud to be in partnership with Iaboni and the Jamaica Rotary, and reminded everyone in attendance about the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, on Sunday, October 16 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

To find out more or to register, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR?sid=16393&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=36016/