Crime is up 18 percent (33 incidents versus 28 incidents) in the 81st Precinct for the week of July 30 - August 5, 2012, compared to this same week in 2011. For the month, crime is up 2 percent (125 incidents versus 123), compared to this same 28- day period in 2011. Year to date, crime is up 9 percent (892 incidents versus 821 incidents), compared to this same time period last year.
Three Grand Larceny Autos (auto break-ins)
On Thursday, August 9, at 11:00 a.m., a man reported his car had been broken into while parked on Lewis Avenue near Hart Street. According to reports, he left his car at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8. When he returned the next day, he discovered his passenger side window broken, and change missing from his ashtray. The investigation is ongoing.
On Sunday, August 12, a man reported his car-- a Ford Escape -- had been broken into while parked in front of 117 Malcolm X Boulevard. According to reports, he parked his car early that morning. When he returned to it, at approximately 6:30 p.m., his wallet was missing, which had accidentally left inside the car. He believes he might have also left the door unlocked, as there were no visible signs of a break-in. The investigation is ongoing.
On Tuesday, August 14, a man reported that his car was broken into while parked over night in front of 833 Putnam Avenue. According to reports, he parked his car in front of said location on Friday, August 13. When he returned the following morning, at approximately 9:40 a.m., he noticed the back windshield broken and tools missing from his trunk. The investigation is ongoing.
On Sunday, August 12, a merchant reported a robbery at his store -- a laundromat -- located at 1080 Myrtle Avenue. According to police reports, two unidentified black males were seen on camera breaking into an ATM, the store owner had on-sight. The incident was reported the next day, Monday, August 13, at approximately 3:30 p.m. The two thieves stole $8,000 in cash. The investigation is ongoing.
On Monday, August 13, a 21-year-old woman was robbed while walking down Broadway Avenue, near Vernon Ave. According to police reports, the woman said she was walking home along Broadway when she noticed two unknown males following her on a bicycle. Suddenly they approached her, grabbed her iPhone out of her hand and fled. The investigation is ongoing.