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Sunnyside Gardens Residents to Discuss Crime with Police

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Aug. 17, 2010 By Christian Murray

Late July, a Sunnyside Gardens resident came home in the middle of the afternoon to find her front door pried open and her family’s belongings scattered all over the floor.

Her home, located in the 49th and Skillman area, had been ransacked and $12,000 worth of jewellery, electronics and cash was stolen.

This incident represents one of several crimes that have been reported in the Sunnyside Gardens neighborhood in recent weeks. In response, a group of Sunnyside mothers are now meeting with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and the new commanding officer of the 108th Precinct, Captain Donald Powers, on Wednesday to discuss the problem.

The woman whose house was ransacked said it took the police four hours to show up after the burglary and she has not heard from them since. The police were unable to get much in the way of finger prints.

The victim of the burglary is part of a group called SunnyMoms, a large network of mothers in Sunnyside and Woodside who help one another with childrearing in the local community.

Just a few days after discussing her ordeal with the group, she said a young mother had her bag stolen outside of Sunnyside Gardens Park, while she was pushing her toddler in a stroller in the early evening.

Other incidents in the community have been bikes stolen from the first floor of a Sunnyside Gardens home and, according to e-mails circulating on a Sunnyside Yahoo group, a scam artist on 39th Ave asking for cash to help his father who has had a stroke.

The meeting will take place in Van Bramer’s office at 47-01 Queens Blvd. suite 205 at 6:00pm Wednesday, August 18.

Van Bramer, who asked Captain Powers to speak to local constituents, welcomes all residents. However, his office insists that those who plan to attend to e-mail scheduler Asher Jacobs at [email protected] . The office has a limited amount of space.

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