July 13, 2011 Staff Report
Crime jumped in the Sunnyside/Woodside & LIC region in June, with the number of reported burglaries up markedly.
Sgt. David Porter said that crime across Police Precinct 108 jumped 11% in the 28-day period ending in June 26, 2011, compared to the same 28-day period a year ago. There were 90 reported crimes.
Burglary was a large factor in the increase, up 61% for the 28-day period compared to a year ago. There were 29 burglaries during the period, with the concentration of burglaries (and robberies) occurring on both the north and south side of Queens Blvd between 36th and 49th Streets.
The number of robberies jumped to 9 for the 28-day period, up from 5 a year ago. However, there were no murders (0 for the year) or rapes in the latest period.
Porter said that many of the burglaries and robberies in the area are committed by perpetrators who come in from surrounding neighborhoods or boroughs.
“Murder and rape is something we don’t have to be concerned about too in this precinct,” Porter said. “We consistently get zeros with murders and when there are rapes, it’s very rare to be stranger rape,” he said. While all rapes are viewed as being extremely serious, most rapes occur when the people involved know one another, he said.
The number or reported crimes this year has dropped 3.4% for the year to date.
The police base these statistics on the number of reported crimes that fall under the 7 major serious crimes: murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto.
In other news, a man from St. Albans was recently arrested following an incident at pawn shop on Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside.
Darryl Williams allegedly brought a watch to Pawn Shop, located at 46-19 Greenpoint Ave., and told an employee it was a genuine Rolex watch worth $4,000 to $5,000, the complaint said.
The shop paid $1,200 for the watch, believing it to be a real Rolex, but was later informed by a Rolex employee that the watch was a counterfeit.