By Maria Rocha-Buschel
While crime was down in the 13th Precinct area for June, both overall and in most of the major areas, grand larcenies have spiked.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney, the commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, said this was partially due to an ongoing spate of scams. He reported on the latest stats at the last Community Council meeting at the end of June.
“Nobody is giving anybody money,” he advised. “No one will arrest you if you don’t pay your bills. The IRS is not going to ask you for iTunes gift cards to pay them. It’s a scam.”
He added that there has also been an increase in apartment scams recently, specifically of criminals posting fake listings about cheap summer rentals in the Hamptons.
“Nobody is renting their shore house at prime time season,” he said. “If it sounds too good to be true it’s probably not true.”
Detective John Santiago was honored as one of the Cops of the Month at the meeting for the work that he did regarding the fatal shooting at Irving Plaza last month.
“It was a wonderful job done by everybody but he was able to get enough to charge Roland Collins,” Timoney said. “He really pieced this together.”
Officer Leonardo Nimo was also given the Cop of the Month for catching two suspects responsible for multiple residential burglaries.
“We were struggling with residential burglaries, especially on 25th Street,” Timoney said. “We were able to get a photo of an individual who did a burglary in May so we gave that photo to the crime guys and within a day, Nimo spotted him on 25th Street. Two days later, we gave him another photo of a guy doing commercial burglaries on 25th and on the west side. Not long after, he spots the guy on 17th street and arrested him so within one week, we locked up suspects on two on burglaries.”
The meeting at the end of June was the final meeting until September, but the annual National Night Out Against Crime block party event will be held on August 2 at Simon Baruch Middle School’s playground.