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Two Sunnyside Businesses Burglarized as Incidents Spike

Sunnyside Pizza, 40-01, Queens Blvd. (Google Maps)

July 27, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Two Sunnyside businesses were broken into last week as the number of reported burglaries in the precinct spike.

Sunnyside Pizza, located at 40-01 Queens Blvd., was hit on July 25 at around 9:30 p.m. when a suspect broke through the glass front door, police said.

The thief rummaged through the premises and stole $200 from the register. The assailant then fled the location, police said.

Bar 43, located at 43-06 43rd St., was targeted on July 19 at around 11:30 p.m. when a suspect broke a lock on the front door to the building.

The suspect stole cash, a register and DVR camera before fleeing the scene, police said.

No arrests have been made in either incident and investigations are ongoing, police said.

The number of reported burglaries in the 108 Police Precinct–which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City– has risen sharply this year. There were 87 reported burglaries in the precinct from Jan. 1 through July 19 compared to 36 for the same period last year, according to NYPD data.

Nick Murphy, co-owner of Bar 43, said that it was disappointing that thieves were targeting Sunnyside businesses at a time when many are trying to get back on their feet.

“The Sunnyside community has been great supporting us all,” Murphy said. “This is a real shame. It’s just sad.”

Bar 43 Photo: Queens Post

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Critic Al

Take some money from it’s enormous budget and fund programs to help people.

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J

What a shame. A beautiful neighborhood I’ve been living in for a little over 4 years. Grew to love the area. I wish both businesses well.

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Anonymous

I lived in Sunnyside for a long time and this community is spiralling out of control with crime. There is no doubt the massive influx of shelters and skip out of bail reform are the leading contributors. People are fleeing at alarming rates!

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Victoria

Well, I live in Sunnyside for many years. Since a shelter was established in this area, the crime raised considerably.

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arvin

I’ve heard Sunnyside referred to being just like “Mayberry “!..Don’t recall if Mayberry had homeless shelters, section8 housing, burglaries, shootings, stabbings and drag queen storytime

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Mac

Bar43 had a break in just about year ago or so. They caught the guys, all from uptown and the Bronx. They had tripped the alarm system.

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Grace

People are going to bed hungry. Try donating or giving away some meals to residents like you did for the working healthcare workers and first responders. Or will that not attract the type of social media attention you are after. If the crime spree continues try to upload some dance videos.

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F-12

How does defunding the Police prevent this?? They’re never around for hundreds of these buglaries?? Maybe 108 should stop licking their fingers after slices of sunnyside pizza and prevent crime… if they’re not preventing these crimes than they’re overpaid note takers. DEFUND THE POLICE!!!!!! introduce a neighborhood watch if u don’t like it.

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rikki

this 2020 not 1999 there are cheap HD low light cameras all over the place and no reason anymore not to clearly identify the perps..

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Cg

Look, we all know who perpetrates the bulk of the crimes in the area and right now the NYPD is sitting on their hands because no civil servant wants to risk their job, reputation or pension…. the lalessness is goi g to continue, wealthy and decent people are already leavi g the city in droves for the comfort safety and stability of the suburbs. We are on the fast track back to the days of Dinkins and that ilk…. everything runs in cycles and what goes around comes around. The city is broke and in decline, people are broke and out of work, substance abuse and gang activity is on the rise. The rich are not going to put up with this nonsense and they are not goi g to foot the bill to try to fix it. They will simply leave and the city will become notbing but vacant storefronts with bromen windows and grafitti-the junkies and homeless will take over like moss in a forrest. People are over NYC. They dont need it anymore and as it becomes less and less hospitable to families and children it will fall further into ruin. All of Rudy Giuliani’s good works are being undone. I am even seeing the reappearance of squeegy guys. We are in a good 10-15 yr downward cycle which will only be exacerbated by the continuing pandemic. Something has got to give. Police ahould be repected (and to some degree feared) in order to maintain authority and order. But right now the lowest common denominators of humanity are being empowered and held harmless. Watch the big ball of yarn continue to unravel as the city goes down the toilet.

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Guest

Here is a suggestion, 1, dont leave cash in your store, 2. Get a better camera system, 3. Why doesn’t doesn’t any business have alarm? 4. 9:30 PM, seriously? Any footage from nearby restaurants?

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Gardens Watcher

Don’t mess with my favorite pizza place! Time to rally and order out from both places.

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Snake Plissken

Welcome to de Blasio’s New York where criminals have little to fear from the authorities whose job it is to protect decent people. Where quality of life is being systematically flushed down the dumper.

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#dumpdeblasio

Bill deblasio has no comment on these stories as he is too busy freeing criminals and painting obnoxious messages on the street while his wife plots running for office

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ABoondy

as his wife plots running for office…is that a new way of saying that she will steal more billions from the city? clearly, our governor is looking the other way when a billion went missing from her org.

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