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Violent Crime Dips, While Property Crimes Jump

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Nov. 30, 2013 By Christian Murray

He shows few signs of rehabilitation.

Sean Ortiz, who has been locked up 12 times in the past year, was arrested by police on October 18 for assaulting a man on the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 46th Street.

Captain Brian Hennessy, speaking at Tuesday’s 108 precinct meeting, said that Ortiz had just gotten out of prison the day before the incident when he started beating up a man at about 5 am. Ortiz grabbed the victim’s wallet and was about to flee.

But despite his lengthy rap sheet, Ortiz still hadn’t learned that crime does not pay. The incident occurred as two officers happened to be patrolling the area. One of the officers was Ryan Roberts, who was awarded cop of the month, for making the arrest.

Violent crimes like Ortiz’ were more the exception than the rule in the past month.

For the 28 day period end ending Nov. 24—there were no rapes or murders. There were 10 reported robberies during the 28 day period, compared to 11 for the same 28 day period in 2012. Meanwhile the number of felony assaults remained flat at 13 vs. 13.

But there was a big jump in property-related crimes. There were 20 reported burglaries, compared to 14 for the same 28 day period in 2012. Hennessy said that many business owners wound up being the victims—since one man was responsible for six commercial burglaries in Long Island City alone. The suspect stole watches, glasses and jewelry.

The number of reported grand larcenies jumped to 46, compared to 33 for the 28-day period a year ago.

The precinct also experienced a significant rise in auto thefts. In the 28 day period ending Nov. 24, 20 vehicles were stolen, up from seven for the same period a year ago.

Hennessy said that the hotspots for auto thefts continue to move around the precinct. He said that earlier this year, the trouble spot was in Long Island City, in the Court Square through Hunters Point vicinity.

He said that once the police got on top of the Long Island City problem a new pattern emerged in the Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Blvd area.

In other items, Hennessy said Xio Lounge, a Sunnyside club located at 39-19 Queens Blvd, was temporarily closed, after being found to be operating without a liquor license. The club was closed on Saturday Nov. 23, shortly after 2:00 am.

The club was still closed at the time of Tuesday’s precinct meeting, although Hennessy said the club had its paperwork in order and was about to have a meeting with him before reopening.

The police have fielded several complaints from Sunnyside residents about the club in recent months. Residents claim that the club’s patrons walk down 39th Place to smoke marijuana and, occasionally, trespass onto their property.

Meanwhile, Hennessy had no updates on the cause of death to the couple who died inside their apartment on 46th Street on the morning of Nov. 5.

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Had my car broken into this morning by 52nd St. and Queens Blvd. Multiple windows smashed in. I move my car twice a week for street sweeping so it had been there since Monday night. Arriving cop says “well, you shouldn’t have left it there for so long.” Thanks, guys. Let me know your grand idea of where I should be keeping my car.


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