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A pack of thieves has spent the last eight days roaming Manhattan and breaking into restaurants, bars and dry cleaners — stealing thousands of dollars in cash and clothing, the NYPD said Wednesday.

Cops released surveillance photos of seven males believed to be in their teens to twenties who have allegedly been committing the burglaries by breaking through the businesses’ front doors. The crimes occurred between Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“While inside, the individuals removed assorted amounts of currency from the cash registers totaling approximately $10,000,” cops said. “In addition, they removed assorted clothing valued at approximately $5,000 and caused $5,000 in property damage.”

While most of the jobs netted only a few hundred dollars at a time, the crew struck gold at a Midtown dry cleaner.

The burglars grabbed about $6,000 in clothing, including Moncler jackets and Etro sweaters, which can both cost thousands of dollars apiece, at King Garment Care on Sixth Avenue, a police source said. They only got $200 from the register at The Happiest Hour bar on 10th Street in the West Village, the source said.

Surveillance photographs of the crooks were obtained from an incident that occurred around 4 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, at Green Apple Cleaners at 119 Greenwich Ave.

Anyone with information regarding the crimes is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

 

Source - https://nypost.com/2020/09/23/manhattan-thieves-steal-thousands-on-eight-day-spree/

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Watch: Video shows burglars leaving with $17k in laptops from Bronx school

Watch: Video shows burglars leaving with $17k in laptops from Bronx school

BRONX (WABC) -- There is a search underway for two men accused of stealing thousands of dollars in laptops from a Bronx school.

Police say one man broke a side window and jumped into the Headstart School on Gerard Avenue, while another acted as a lookout.

It happened on June 13 at around 8:30 p.m.

Surveillance video shows the men running off after grabbing the laptops.

The laptops were worth about $17,000.


Anyone with information in regard to the identities of these individuals is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

 

Source - https://abc7ny.com/laptops-stolen-from-bronx-school-burglary-at-headstart-new-york-city/6332440/

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New York City Sees More Burglaries of Businesses Under Coronavirus Emergency Measures

New York City Sees More Burglaries of Businesses Under Coronavirus Emergency Measures

Burglaries of businesses have risen in New York City under emergency measures to fight the new coronavirus, according to new New York Police Department data, and some businesses are boarding up their storefronts.

The NYPD has seen a 75% increase in reports of burglaries of commercial establishments from March 12, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency, to March 31, police officials said. The NYPD recorded 254 burglaries of businesses during that time period this year compared with 145 for the same period last year, the officials said.

All boroughs of the city have seen increases, the officials said.

The increase in burglaries coincided with steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus. On March 15, the city ordered restaurants and bars to cease on-site service, prompting many establishments to close altogether or limit operations. A March 20 decree by Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the closure of all nonessential businesses, leading many retail stores to shutter.

“We knew with the closing of many stores that we could see an increase and, unfortunately, we are,” said NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri.

 

Source - https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-sees-more-burglaries-of-businesses-under-coronavirus-emergency-measures-11586008801

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The Mayor Blames the Virus for Shootings. Here’s What Crime Data Shows.

The Mayor Blames the Virus for Shootings. Here’s What Crime Data Shows.

Mr. de Blasio has pointed to court delays and bail reform to explain the surge in gun violence. But the N.Y.P.D.’s own numbers tell a different story.

In the past few weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his police commissioner, Dermot F. Shea, have tied the steep rise in shootings in New York City to a breakdown in the criminal justice system that they contend has allowed criminals back out on the streets.

The mayor and commissioner have cited a range of causes that they have portrayed as outside their control: the pandemic and the George Floyd protests, as well as measures approved by the State Legislature, including one that eliminated cash bail for many defendants.

But a confidential analysis of police data, conducted by city officials but not released to the public, offers little if any evidence to back up their claims. In fact, the analysis, obtained by The New York Times, suggests the state’s new bail law and the mass release of inmates from city jails in recent months because of the coronavirus outbreak played almost no role in the spike in shootings.

Of the 1,500 inmates let out of Rikers from March 16 to April 30, only seven had been rearrested on a weapons charge by mid-July, according to the confidential analysis.

Nearly 2,000 people who in July had open gun cases were allowed to go home to await trial, but only about 40 of those defendants were arrested on another weapons charge while they were out, the analysis said.

Instead, the analysis points to a different possible reason for the wave of shootings: The number of arrests for gun crimes has plummeted.

While murders and shootings have surged, reports of other major crimes have actually fallen in recent months. Still, the spike in gun violence has stirred deep fears that the city might be sliding back to an era of random violence on the streets. Recent shooting victims have included a two teenagers going to play basketball and a baby boy.

New York City is not alone. Shootings have skyrocketed in major cities across the country, and that surge has led to intense political fights over whether efforts to rein in the police, including the Defund the Police movement touched off by the killing of George Floyd, are playing a role.

On Sunday, another 19 people were shot in New York City, one fatally. Through the first seven months of this year, shootings were up 72 percent over the same period last year and murders rose 30 percent, even as reports of other violent crimes like rape, assault and robbery fell.

In recent days, Mr. de Blasio has been particularly critical of the courts, saying that the lack of trials because of the pandemic and the inability of prosecutors to push cases forward with indictments were “a huge piece” of the spike in violent crime.

“The bottom line is our criminal justice system needs to get back to full strength,” Mr. de Blasio said. “Our courts not only need to reopen, they need to reopen as fully and as quickly as possible.”

But prosecutors, court officials and defense lawyers have pushed back against that theory.

Lawrence Marks, the state’s chief administrative judge, told the NY1 cable news station that the mayor’s attacks on the courts were “false, misleading and irresponsible.”

Judge Marks countered that the rise in violent crime was more likely a result of the sharp drop in gun arrests in recent months, a position that the department’s own data seems to buttress.

In mid-May, gun arrests citywide began to drop precipitously, the city analysis of police data shows. During the week of May 24, there were 113 gun arrests. During the week of June 7, there were 71 such arrests. By the week of June 28, there were only 22.

Over the same period, the data shows, shootings started rising. During the week of May 24, there were 23 shootings; in the week of June 7, there were 40. In the week of June 28, the number of shootings spiked to 63.

At a new conference on Tuesday, Mr. de Blasio said the city had deployed more officers to troubled precincts, and gun arrests were beginning to rise again. During the week ending on July 27, arrests for firearms climbed up back up to 54, the police said.

The confidential analysis that was obtained by The Times was prepared by city officials with Police Department data and shared with the city’s district attorneys’ offices. It was provided to The Times by an official who wanted to counter the mayor’s narrative, but wished to remain anonymous because the report was not intended to be released.

On Tuesday, Mr. de Blasio denied that he had ever blamed the rise in violent crime solely on the changes the pandemic had wrought on the courts. He said he had always cited a “perfect storm” of causes, including the virus’s devastating effect on the city’s economy.

Still, he said that the slowdown in the courts and the lack of trials had affected the behavior of some people, sending a signal that there would not be consequences for their acts. “And it affects the ability to ensure that someone who should not be on the street, isn’t,” he added.

“You cannot take away all the underpinnings of normal life and expect the same outcome, and then when you don’t have all of the pieces of the criminal justice system working, that does affect the reality,” he said.

But the city’s own analysis suggests the bail law, which allows many defendants accused of nonviolent crimes to be released before trial without posting bail, had little to do with the rise in violence. It notes that shooting incidents stayed relatively stable for more than four months after the legislation was passed.

The analysis also indicates that the courts are processing gun crimes at close to the same rate as before the pandemic. According to the Police Department’s data, there were 2,181 unresolved gun cases in July — slightly fewer than the 2,285 gun cases that were open in December 2019.

Similarly, the courts handled 642 gun and murder arraignments from October 2019 to December 2019. Between April and June of this year, they handled 819 gun and murder arraignments — and all of them were conducted remotely by video.

“The way we are processing arrests has not changed at all,” said Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., the Manhattan district attorney. “In May, the volume and severity of the arrests we were handling was the same as it was in January. We’re open.”

Darcel D. Clark, the Bronx district attorney, said that her office’s complaint room, where new crimes are charged, was “running at full strength” — albeit virtually.

“It is wrong to say that the district attorneys are not prosecuting or that the court system is not functioning,” Ms. Clark said.

Court records in Brooklyn, which has seen some of the worst gun violence in recent weeks, suggest there is little sign that the release of people from jail was driving most of the shootings there.

From June 15 to July 15, according to court records, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office opened a total of five prosecutions of defendants for shootings or for homicides with guns.

None of the defendants, an analysis of the records showed, had been released from Rikers Island because of the pandemic or had been sent back home on a separate case under the new, more lenient bail law. Nor were they free because of the slowdown in court proceedings, the records showed.

Still, Michael LiPetri, the Police Department’s chief of crime control strategies, said that the virus’s effects on the criminal justice system were being felt on the streets.

Early in the pandemic, Chief LiPetri said, many suspects arrested on gun charges who in the past would have been asked to post bail were instead released without bail to stem the spread of disease in jail.

So far this year, he said, 40 percent of all gun suspects were released on their own recognizance, compared to only 25 percent last year, and about 35 percent had bail set, compared to 55 percent last year.

The large number of people being sent home to await trial, even with a serious gun charge, he said, had created a permissive atmosphere, especially among gang members who the police believe are driving the wave of shootings.

“When people get arrested and then get out, their crew members start feeling comfortable carrying firearms,” he said.

Chief LiPetri acknowledged the number of gun arrests had dropped off, saying that the force was stretched thin because of the pandemic and the need to redeploy people to cover protests.

In the past month, he said, the department has started moving robbery detectives to work on violent crime and has shifted more than 300 officers in administrative positions to precincts with high numbers of shootings.

“We were stretched — even an agency as big as the N.Y.P.D.,” he said.

 

Source - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/nyregion/nyc-shootings-coronavirus.html

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Caught On Camera: Suspected Burglar Seen Adjusting Surveillance Cameras

Caught On Camera: Suspected Burglar Seen Adjusting Surveillance Cameras

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspected burglar in the Bronx apparently tried to avoid appearing in surveillance footage, but he didn’t quite succeed.

A suspected burglar in the Bronx apparently tried to avoid appearing in surveillance footage, but he didn’t quite succeed. (Credit: NYPD Crime Stoppers)

Video shows the suspect grab a large item and use it to adjust the cameras.

Police say he entered the basement of a building on Morris Avenue and stole nearly $900 worth of items.

It happened on Sept. 25, but the NYPD just released the video Monday.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

 

Source - https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/12/30/bronx-suspected-burglar-moves-cameras/

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Police: Group Of Teens Broke Into Bronx School, Stole Several Apple Computers

Police: Group Of Teens Broke Into Bronx School, Stole Several Apple Computers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a group of teens accused of burglarizing a school in the Bronx.

It happened at the Mott Haven Educational Campus in the Concourse section.

Police say four individuals came to the school around 9 p.m. on April 14 and tried to use a sledgehammer to break the school’s metal window security bars, but they were unsuccessful.

Police want to identify four individuals in connection to a burglary in the Bronx. (Credit: NYPD Crime Stoppers)

Then, on April 20 around 11 p.m., four individuals used a sledgehammer to break a window and get inside the school.

Surveillance video shows the suspects walking in the halls.

They then allegedly grabbed nine Apple computers and took off.

Police are searching for three boys and a girl, all believed to be 15-18 years old.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

 

Source - https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/05/09/mott-haven-educational-campus-computers-stolen/

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Trio of muggers suspected of nine robberies across Manhattan

Trio of muggers suspected of nine robberies across Manhattan

A brazen trio of muggers are responsible for a string of nine robberies in northern Manhattan in just over a week, police said Thursday.

The incidents took place between Aug. 22 and 30 in Washington Heights and Inwood, and in all nine of them, the three assailants grabbed their victims and rummaged through their pockets for cash or a wallet, according to police.

Surveillance footage released by cops shows one of the muggers grabbing a 30-year-old man from behind around 5:30 a.m. last Friday at 407 Audubon Ave. in Washington Heights, then putting him in a chokehold as his accomplices steal his cash, according to the NYPD.

That victim — and the other eight — was not seriously hurt, cops said.

No arrests have been made.

 

Source - https://nypost.com/2020/09/03/trio-of-muggers-suspected-of-nine-robberies-across-nyc/

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Suspect Arrested In String Of Manhattan Burglaries Caught On Camera

Suspect Arrested In String Of Manhattan Burglaries Caught On Camera

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested a man they say is the burglary suspect who has struck at least nine times in Manhattan since June.

Irving Talavera, 49, is accused of break in to two salons, three restaurants, a gym, a sports bar, and other establishments, making off with more than $35,000.

He has been charged with nine counts of burglary, grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny.

On Thursday, investigators offered details of each alleged burglary and surveillance video from two of the incidents.

Incident #1: It was reported to police that on June 21, 2018 at 2320 hours, an unknown individual gained entry inside of Shangri-La Nails, located at 1413 Lexington Avenue, within the confines of the 19 Precinct, by breaking through a wall with a hammer from the building next door. Once inside, the individual opened a cash register and removed $150 cash. A surveillance photo of the individual obtained from the incident location is attached and available at DCPI.

Incident #2: It was reported to police that on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 0901 hours, an unknown individual gained entry inside of Rocco Steakhouse, located at 72 Madison Avenue, within the confines of the 13 Precinct, through a maintenance door. Once inside, the individual removed $1,300 cash and a check valued at $1,000.

Incident #3: It was reported to police that on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 0154 hours, an unknown individual gained entry inside of Shorty’s restaurant, located at 62 Pearl Street, within the confines of the 1 Precinct. Once inside, the individual removed $350 cash from a cash register.

Incident #4: It was reported to police that on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 0520 hours, an unknown individual broke the front glass window of Pure Barre gym, located at 1325 Lexington Avenue, within the confines of the 19 Precinct. Once inside, the individual removed the cash register, which contained an undetermined amount of cash.

Incident #5: It was reported to police that on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 1900 hours, an unknown individual gained entry inside of Celestial Cleaners, located at 357 East 68 Street, within the confines of the 19 Precinct, by removing an air conditioner and entering through the window. Once inside, the individual removed $4,000 cash.

Incident #6: It was reported to police that on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 0531 hours, an unknown individual caused property damage to the front glass of Master Barbers, located at 1169 2 Avenue, within the confines of the 19 Precinct, in an attempt to gain entry. The individual was unsuccessful and fled the location.

Incident #7: It was reported to police that on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 1402 hours, an unknown individual gained entry inside of the basement of The Allie Way Sports Bar, located at 413 East 70 Street, within the confines of the 19 Precinct, via an outside cellar door. The individual removed 17 bottles of liquor valued at approximately $900 and also removed approximately $1,500 cash. A surveillance photo of the individual obtained from the incident location is attached and available at DCPI.

Incident #8: It was reported to police that on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2344 hours, an unknown individual forcibly entered through a side door of Little Steamed Buns restaurant, located at 146 East 55 Street, within the confines of the 17 Precinct. The individual picked up the cash drawer from the counter and smashed it on the floor, breaking it open. The individual removed approximately $500 cash and three checks valued at approximately $27,000. A surveillance video of the individual obtained from the incident location is attached and available at DCPI.

Incident #9: It was reported to police that on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 0410 hours, an unknown individual used a brick to smash open the front window of the Bleu Ciel Hair Salon, located at 1146 Lexington Avenue, within the confines of the 19 Precinct. The individual proceeded to gain entry inside of the location and removed a 36″ flat-screen TV, valued at approximately $500. A surveillance video of the individual obtained from the incident location is attached and available at DCPI.

 

Source - https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/08/16/suspect-arrested-in-string-of-manhattan-burglaries-caught-on-camera/

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Thieves Target Sunglasses In Brooklyn Burglary

Thieves Target Sunglasses In Brooklyn Burglary

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thieves who broke into an optical store in Brooklyn targeted sunglasses.

Police hope surveillance images will help someone identify them.

The burglary happened Saturday night shortly after 4 a.m.

The store – Flatbush Optical – is on Flatlands Avenue in the East New York section.

Police say after the group broke the lock on the rear door, they got away with just under $15,000 in sunglasses.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

 

Source - https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/07/27/thieves-target-sunglasses-in-brooklyn-burglary/

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Small dog helps foil robbery at Brooklyn pharmacy

Small dog helps foil robbery at Brooklyn pharmacy

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Video released this week by the NYPD shows three would-be robbers running out of a Brooklyn pharmacy after they were confronted by the owner—and a small dog.

Police said three men, one armed with a gun, tried to rob the New Trend Pharmacy on Avenue H, near E. 34th Street, in East Flatbush earlier this month—but their plans were quickly thwarted by the owner and a barking dog.

The video released by police shows the tiny pooch yapping and wagging its tail at the suspects before they start fleeing.

One suspect crashes over a counter and another dashes through an aisle to escape, the video shows.

No injuries were reported in the attempted robbery, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

 

Source - https://1010wins.radio.com/articles/video-small-dog-helps-foil-robbery-at-brooklyn-pharmacy

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