Burglars still targeting Sunnyside apartment buildings

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  1. Alicia

    Police need to take care of this matter now!!!!

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  2. A-bidge

    A friend of mine on the North side of the blvd was broken in to several months back, when the police arrived they said that they had a very good idea who it had been and said that they were responsible for a lot of local robberies lately. So I think it's total bollocks that the Police have still not apprehended any suspects. Think they need to get a move on and arrest some robbing bastards.

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  3. Rich Klein

    Chief Hennessey needs to do a better job at alerting the public to details of crimes known so the community can help the police capture the criminals! There's a history of the 108th brass waiting weeks and months to announce that crimes happen here and all that does is give the thugs time to hide from the eyes and ears of the public. When potentially violent felons are on the loose and we don't know about it, all of us are put in harm's way.

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  4. Dave

    I lived in Sunnyside from 2009 until just last year, and i've got to say that, during this time, I saw a really nice, quaint neighborhood turn into a grossly unlivable place.

    Looking past the obvious, unacceptable delays and suspensions of the 7 train, we have:

    A near-constant opening - and subsequent shuttering of - new and interesting restaurants and/or shops.

    An administration that employed truly bizarre initiatives like that 40th street art (or exercise equipment, depending on how you look at it) and recorded bird noises at the 52nd street station.

    An alarming rise in burglaries, along with a smattering of brazen, significantly more horrifying crimes like arson, torture (that poor man in the Skillman Ave. factory) and homicide.

    Am I missing anything here? Seriously, I'm not trying to be pejorative.

    Just attempting to re-state empirical evidence that forced me to move.

    Can anyone, please, tell me what is going on in the 11104 zip code?

    -Dave
    [email protected]

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  5. JaneGrissom

    And then there are our unsolved murders. I would be curious as to whether the police think that the burglars are locals or are coming from other neighborhoods. Also, where are they fencing their stolen goods?

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  6. Sunnyside Hobo

    I think it's time for the Vigilante numbers to go up!! Protect the hood.

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  7. anonymous

    i for one think we should deputize squirts the bum to patrol our beloved streets.

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  8. Pirates vs Robots

    So, I'm pretty sure I thwarted an attempt to steal my cellphone about two months ago.

    I was outside my building on the north side, reading something on my phone, at probably about 10:30 or 11:00pm. A girl who looked to be about 20 came up and said she was supposed to meet a friend but her cellphone was dead and she needed to call and say she was downstairs. I was very skeptical, but didn't want to be rude in case she was telling the truth, so I asked her to tell me the number and I dialed it myself.

    She held her hand out expectantly, but I waited for someone to answer and held the phone up to her ear rather than handing it over. The girl got very nervous and looked up the block repeatedly while I was waiting for an answer, and when the person picked up and I held up the phone for her, she said "Hi, it's me.... *long pause* ...... No, um........ no, I............... *long pause*........ Uh, I'm downstairs....... no....... Bye."

    She then very nervously said "thanks" to me and walked off, turning the corner at the end of the block.

    I'd like to give her the benefit of the doubt and not assume she was trying to take my phone, but the fact that a guy answered the phone when she had referred to her friend as a girl, coupled with the generally sketchy conversation (why wouldn't you just say "Hi, I'm downstairs!"??) and the fact that she turned the corner and thus clearly wasn't visiting someone on the block at all certainly makes me lean toward the conclusion that, yep, I very nearly got robbed.

    TL;DR: Don't hand a stranger your phone!

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  9. Angray

    P vs R - You should report that. If a bunch of the cellphone robberies have the same MO, then you have a description of a suspect and the number for an associate.

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  10. Crane

    We need to start installing more cameras of our own, this is the first step.
    I see almost all large apartment buildings have cameras, walk on 44th from blvd to skillman, they all have cameras, how come non of these cameras catch anything, or why don't cops request the tapes to go through them?

    Also lighting is very important, why don't most houses on gardens add a small light fixture outside their houses? How much will that cost them $2/mo in electricity? They don't give a damn but I am surprised they don't feel unsafe. Go walk at night, fraction of them have lights, considering the street lights on blocks like 44 to 47 are blocked by trees and some of them not working I would expect all house owners to have their lights working, if they are that cheap just add motion sensing lights, at least you will know if someone has just walked by etc..

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  11. Anonymous

    Noticed some new thugs roaming the neighborhood

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  12. Florence Lawrence

    I noticed some Caucasian males in suits with suitcases looking to open a realtor office.

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  13. Anonymous

    Crane, you do not know what your talking about. Did you just move here. Us people who live in the Gardens do feel safe. The thief is targeting the apartment buildings not houses so you don't you tell people to lock their fire escape windows. That might be the best place to start.

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  14. squirts the bum

    I'll clean up the neighborhood for a channnnnnnnnge!

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  15. Tequilla Mockingbird

    @ Anonymous.
    Where "you people" feeling safe in "the Gardens" this past summer when there was a string of burglaries happening there (including Van Bramer's house) ?

    Get off your high horse, will ya? Show some sympathy.

    Sunnyside is one neighborhood, it could happen anywhere, no need for this ridiculous, classist way of looking at things.

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  16. Sunnysider for life!

    Lived here all my life and it was the worst in the 80s. People getting robbed constantly. They learned to get gates on their windows.

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  17. I'm so tired

    @dave What interesting restaurants and stores opening and closing are you referring to, I can't think of any

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  18. rikki

    Is there any listing of the cars stolen? I dont think anyone would steal my 16 year old ford station wagon with the original cassette player in it.....right?

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  19. luke outtavindow

    more hipsters + more hipster cash = more robberies

    makes sense to me? If I was a robber I'd go where the ca$h is

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  20. sweeny bammer

    The 108 recent is a joke ...

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  21. sweeny bammer

    The 108 precent is a joke all there good for is to harass ppl

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  22. 43rd@43rd

    How do you know their fire-escape windows weren't already locked? How do we know this is not some inside job which a person unlocks your door; removes your items and purposely opens the fire-escape window to throw off the keystone cops? If I was a smart, evil-aligned super; that's what I'd do...

    There's no videos of this happening; not on entry/exit of the buildings, nobody is reporting seeing anyone on the fire escapes or rooftops...

    Who leaves their fire-escape windows open in December or January when it's freezing outside. These apartments aren't exactly known for an abundance of heat. So, if the windows are closed, we supposedly have someone climbing up/down a fire escape and checking for locked windows?!? Nobody is seeing this?

    I think it's an inside job here. Give us real details about how this is happening. Question the people this is happening to and find out some facts so we can protect ourselves (since it's obvious we're not being protected by the 'authorities'.

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  23. sunnysideSux

    The only people saying Sunnyside is amazing are people looking to boost up their property values before selling it and leaving the neighborhood.

    Sunnyside SUCKS

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  24. South Side Johnny

    @I'm so tired: please, let Dave alone. With the thesaurus he got for Christmas, and his usual hyperbolic nature, he'll come back at you with both barrels. My advice: let him be. He's obviously got a place in mind and you will get no where.

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  25. SuperWittySmitty

    I saw a hipster- two of them, at that new retro-grocery store, and you could see that they were flush with hipster cash. They were buying something like granola- it had nuts and fruit, and also artisanal cheese. I gave them a real "Sunnyside" look, don't worry! They could tell they were on thin ice.

    I think if we all keep our eyes open for anyone who looks new or different, then we give them attitude! Let them know who we are. This way we can save Sunnyside and keep it as it's always been! I mean, as it's been since I got here. Let's not get carried away. How about 1990? Or do we have to go way back to the Golden Years of the 30s - 60s? I guess I can be flexible.

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  26. Worried in Woodside

    @43rd@43rd: Not sure about other people in the area but my Woodside apartment (no too far from where these burglaries are occurring...) gets uncomfortably hot during the winter. I regularly leave my bedroom windows wide open (with a fan sometimes!) during the night because it's so hot. Troubling.

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  27. JaneGrissom

    Can this precinct catch any criminals?

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  28. I forgot

    SuperWittySmitty, I don't know who you are or how old you are but it sounds like you need to leave people alone, instead of giving them stinkeye just smile or better yet just ignore them. You have no right to look down on anyone, no matter how they look. Enough with "hipster" term applying to every type of person that you guys personally hate.

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  29. ada

    I forgot have yiu forvot your mind too?

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  30. Plain Spoken

    Hmm...I buy granola. I like cheese. Well whaddaya know? I'm a hipster. Better keep my eyes open for the "Sunnyside" look. Gonna start wearing Depends just in case. I'm shaking in my Doc Martins.

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  31. SuperWittySmitty

    Actullay, I'm so hip I make my own granola. I was just kidding, trying to mock the xenophobic attitudes around here.

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