Question of the week for our readers

Many homeless people choose to stay away from shelters, instead opting to spend the night in places like bank vestibules or, in better weather, on park benches. Loitering in bank ATM areas and being in parks after hours are arrestable offenses.

Our questions for readers on this issue are: Is seeing a homeless person doing either of these things enough to prompt you to call the police? Additionally, is the presence of a homeless person in the aforementioned places enough to make you avoid doing business at a bank or enjoying a park?

Please send responses to editor@townvillage.net, including name. We will withhold names upon request.

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Police Watch: Men charged with office burglaries, Bike theft in Stuyvesant Town

MEN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE OFFICE BURGLARIES
Police arrested three people for multiple alleged commercial burglaries that took place throughout the month of June. Nineteen-year-old Marcus White, 23-year-old Devonte Chavous and 27-year-old Wilfredo Martinez were ultimately arrested at 49 West 23rd Street on Friday, June 29 at 4:14 a.m. after police said they forced open a locked door there.
Once they were arrested, all three men were all charged in connection with two additional burglaries that took place previously. Police said that on June 22, the men broke into two different offices at 72 Madison, allegedly smashing a window to get inside and taking multiple laptops at each office.
Chavous was also charged in connection with five other burglaries that took place previously throughout the precinct.
Police said that Chavous also broke into an office at 12 West 27th Street sometime between June 8 and June 11 and allegedly stole multiple laptops. Chavous allegedly attempted to break into a building at 30 West 26th Street on June 10 around 3 a.m. but he wasn’t able to gain access to any of the offices or steal any laptops in this incident. Police said that Chavous pushed through the front door at 245 Fifth Avenue on June 14 around 2 a.m. and allegedly stole laptops from an office in the building. He allegedly broke into an office at 233 Park Avenue South on June 11 at 5 a.m. to steal multiple laptops. Chavous allegedly broke into an office at 28 West 25th Street in the overnight hours of June 18 and reportedly stole multiple laptops.
White, Chavous and Martinez were charged with burglary and trespassing.

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