Cops see pattern of burglaries, car, motorcycle thefts

Deputy Inspector  Brendan Timoney, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Overall crime has seen a 20 percent decrease in the last month of summer in the 13th Precinct although Commanding Officer Brendan Timoney stressed that community residents need to be aware of some recent crime patterns, including apartment and office burglaries and a car theft ring.

Timoney reported the stats at the first community council meeting after a summer break this past Tuesday, a day after the former captain was promoted to deputy inspector.

Timoney noted that in terms of general crime, the summer months have seen a small spike in robberies and although burglaries haven’t increased, he said that the incidents seem to correspond to the city’s bouts of warm weather.

“There have been lots of fire escape entries where they’re getting into apartments and stealing jewelry,” he said. “They’re crimes of opportunity. They’re only in there a couple minutes then they’re out the door.”

Timoney added that a man arrested for one of these fire escape burglaries this summer was busted after the officers secured the area and were able to catch him when he was trying to leave the building.

The two officers who apprehended the thief had been honored with the Cop of the Month award for September but since they were both on vacation at the time of the meeting, they will be presented with the award in October.

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Police Watch: Man nabbed in burglary pattern, Robbery on Park Avenue South

Police arrested 27-year-old Tracey Mckeever last Saturday and charged him with burglary in connection with an incident that took place last Monday at 21 West 46th Street in the Midtown North precinct. Police said that the incident is part of a pattern in which the suspects entered the commercial locations and removed laptops and other assorted electronics. There have been 13 incidents in all starting on May 7 when there was a burglary at 6 p.m. inside 270 Fifth Avenue. Other incidents took place on Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. inside 10 East 33rd Street and on Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m. inside 38 West 32nd Street. Most of the incidents took place in the Midtown North or South precincts, with one in the 20th precinct on the Upper West Side and one in the 19th precinct in the Upper East Side.
The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at or texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Police arrested 32-year-old David Fairfax for robbery and assault last Tuesday at 12:08 p.m. at the corner of East 29th Street and Park Avenue South. Fairfax allegedly punched the victim in the face and forcibly grabbed cash from his hands. A canvass was conducted with positive results and Fairfax was arrested.

Police arrested 43-year-old Issac Dozier for assault at the corner of East 15th Street and Union Square West last Friday at 8:43 p.m. Police said that Dozier hit the victim over the head with a cane, causing pain and a cut on the top of his head.

The New York Post reported last Saturday that a firefighter was returning to Ladder 3 on East 13th Street around 3:30 a.m. on Friday when he spotted two men rummaging through his car that was parked in front of the station between Third and Fourth Avenues. Police arrested Jason De Jesus and Andre Kinard, who the firefighter and some of his colleagues detained until officers arrived. De Jesus had allegedly taken a pair of sunglasses and an air freshener out of the car, and police said that he was also in possession of marijuana and cocaine.

Police arrested 35-year-old Ilya Lubasoff for assault at the corner of East 18th Street and Park Avenue South last Tuesday at 1:04 a.m. Police said that the victim was walking along the sidewalk when Lubasoff came up from behind him and punched him on the cheek.

Police arrested 22-year-old Fernando Suarez and 25-year-old Maria Hernandez for forgery inside 106 East 19th Street last Friday at 2:01 a.m. Police said that Suarez and Hernandez went into Pete’s Tavern at 129 East 18th Street and ordered two drinks, then allegedly tried to pay for the drinks with a fake $100 bill. The bartender told the pair that he couldn’t accept it because it was fake, so Hernandez took the bill back and they left. They then went into The Watering Hole at 106 East 19th Street where Suarez allegedly tried to pay for their two drinks with the counterfeit bill, but the bartender said that he couldn’t accept it because the bill was fake. Hernandez took the bill back again just as officers arrived and police said that she attempted to throw it to the ground to get rid of it.

Police arrested 29-year-old Volodymyr Boichuk for petit larceny and possession of stolen property on Tuesday at 8:54 p.m. in front of 60 West 23rd Street. The manager of the store waved down an officer because Boichuk was allegedly removing bicycle seats off of bicycles that were on the sidewalk.

Police arrested 27-year-old Christopher Brinson and 26-year-old Giovanni Holt for criminal trespass inside 224 East 28th Street last Friday at 10:43 a.m. Police said that Brinson and Holt were trespassing inside the 17th floor stairwell and both men said that they didn’t live in the building. They said that they were visiting a friend but police said that attempts were made to contact the friend and he couldn’t be reached. Brinson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and police said that he had four individually packed bags of mushrooms.

A would-be car thief left behind a trail of blood after trying to break into a BMW that was parked on 32nd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues at 4:30 a.m. on Monday. DNAinfo reported that the 36-year-old homeless man, who was arrested, had badly cut his arm during the break-in and had tried to drive off but gave up because the wound wouldn’t stop bleeding. He got blood on the hood of the car and the driver’s side door, as well as a large pool of blood on the sidewalk when he fled. He was arrested at East 30th Street and Lexington Avenue shortly after the incident.

Police arrested 42-year-old Keith Stenmon for criminal mischief and graffiti last Saturday at 12:55 a.m. in front of 125 West 14th Street. Police said that Stenmon drew on a phone booth with a permanent marker with the intent to damage property.

Eighteen-year-old Xavier Chalas was arrested for assault last Sunday at 9:16 a.m. in front of 118 East 28th Street. The victim told police that he was walking down the street when Chalas allegedly punched him in the nose, causing him to fall to the ground. A witness told police that Chalas was walking down the street and he and the victim started arguing when Chalas suddenly punched him in the face. The victim got a bloody nose and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Police arrested 33-year-old Dawood Little for menacing in front of 243 East 27th Street last Sunday at 11:24 p.m. Little allegedly raised scissors in a threatening manner, causing a fear of physical injury for the two victims.

Police arrested two teenagers for assault at the Good Shepherd Services residence for girls at 337 East 17th Street last Monday at 12:32 a.m. One of the teens was watching television when the other came up to her and they got into an argument. The teen then punched her and also hit the victim in the face with an unknown object, causing bleeding and a cut that required medical attention. The victim also assaulted the teen who originally attacked her. The names of the teens are being withheld due to their age.

Police arrested 23-year-old Krystal Cintron-Valle for grand larceny inside 60 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 2:53 p.m. Cintron-Valle allegedly stole a gift card worth $1,400 and made purchases on the card on August 22 for $965.97, on August 23 for $272.18 and on August 24 for $97.97.

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 3

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Enforcement needed on rowdiness in ST

In response to the “Sick of rowdy drunks barreling through ST” letter writer (T&V, Aug. 27): You need look no further than Vamos! where the music blasts through open doors and windows to know that ST/PCV management is not serious about the community noise policy noted in the September Community Update brochure.

Either the policy does not apply to their commercial tenants or they assume everyone has air conditioning and so, with windows closed, the racket will not bother them. But the “community” is much larger than just Stuy Town and Peter Cooper and perhaps CWCapital could show a little courtesy to the other surrounding buildings and passers-by that are well within hearing of this intrusive noise.

As for the drunks who stumble through Stuyvesant Town? Now that the weather is cooling, air conditioners will be turned off and windows will be opened, we can all look forward to suffering the full impact of the lack of patrols through the complex. This reduction in patrols seems to have coincided with the installation of the cameras around the properties several years ago but what good is watching problems unfold at the multi-screen, state of the art security office if there are no security officers on the spot to address them?

It’s time to put security officers/vehicles at the entrances to ST/PCV so that those rowdy, inconsiderate tenants can be stopped, quieted and if necessary, escorted to their buildings in silence, and yes, even evicted if they prove to be repeat offenders. Anyone not able to prove residency should be turned away.

As for the remaining information in the September Community Update brochure… since noise has been associated with sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment in children, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, offering any health-related programs is a joke.

J. Polise, ST

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