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Astoria Man Busted for Burglary While Breaking Into Sunnyside Apartment

Police arrested a man Wednesday who was breaking into an apartment on 46th Street between 43rd and Skillman avenues (GMaps)

May 28, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

Police busted an Astoria man during the early hours Wednesday who was breaking into an apartment building on 46th Street between 43rd and Skillman avenues.

John Petty, 53, was nabbed by police at around 2 a.m. while the burglary was in process. He was arrested by Officer Nakisha Pierre and charged with burglary and possession of a burglary tool.

Pierre was commended by the 108th Precinct, as well as NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea for the bust. Shea is familiar with the area, having grown up in Sunnyside.

The bust comes at a time when there has been a spike in burglaries in the precinct. For the 28-day period ending May 23, there were 20 burglaries reported, compared to 10 for the same period a year ago.

Just this week, the NYPD said it was looking for a man who recently broke into three ground floor apartments in Sunnyside and Woodside.

The number of burglaries reported across the city, however, has declined. During the 28-day period period ending May 23, they were down more than 20 percent compared to last year.

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Thank you de blasio and nypd for keeping us safe! Crime is down throughout the city.

Sunny side

Oh man, what’s the councilman going to do now that the crime is in his side of the tracks…


awesome cop! thank you! sadly deblasio will release this criminal back on the streets in no time.


Way to go Officer Pierre!

So for those self-called “progressive” asking to defund the Police, it’s about time for them to understand that there are lot of good cops, most of them are good ones, like Office Pierre!

So, stop repeating like a broken record what you hear from the self-proclaim leaders, they are just politicians, very very few are worth listening to.

I Want an Award for Doing My Job

$6 billion NYPD budget better work at least some of the time, right?


It would be nice to get a description of the guy but I notice the news doesn’t do this anymore. I guess it would be irresponsible and unfair to the criminal.


The guy probably has a long criminal past. My fear is that he’s out of prison in just a few days since the no bail policy that the mayor has set up. He’ll be out before the weekend for more.


Great job officer. Too bad that you probably don’t read this to get the compliment.


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