By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Burglaries have been on the rise in the 13 precinct in the last month, Executive Officer Frank Sorensen reported at the most recent Community Council meeting on Tuesday.
Sorensen filled in at the meeting for the commanding officer, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg, who was unable to attend due to a family emergency, and said that while crime in general is flat for the year so far, burglaries on the East Side have increased, and most of them are due to unlocked doors.
“Three out of four of the victims had left their front doors open,” he said. “There are guys going around just trying doors and grabbing computers or anything else they can get.”
There were also recently three drug-related deaths over the weekend due to possible GHB overdoses. Sorensen said that GHB is a drug that is put into drinks and police are waiting for more information from the medical examiner. Oxycontin and other drugs were found in the apartment of one of the victims, Charlie Denihan, whose family owns a chain of Union Square hotels,
Police don’t expect foul play in any of the three incidents.
Despite the hard partying around Union Square over the weekend, Sorensen did note that St. Patrick’s Day, which fell on a Monday this year, was fairly quiet.
“Some in the past have been rough but maybe it’s just taking a backseat to SantaCon,” he said.
Detective Ray Dorrian added the quiet around the holiday also may have had to do with the fact that the holiday has fallen at the end of the week or on the weekend for the last three years before this one, which most likely made the crowds more rowdy.
Police Officer John Seidita, the traffic safety officer, was at the meeting to address the precinct’s efforts for traffic enforcement, in conjunction with the mayor’s Vision Zero plan. Officer Seidita said that they have been focusing on enforcement of motorized e-bikes, which were previously allowed due to a loophole in the law but have been officially banned since January. He encouraged residents to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (212) 477-2530 concerning complaints about e-bikes.
Captain Sorensen also introduced Lieutenant Mike Kotlyar, who is the new platoon commander that will be at the front desk from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. and can address problems from area residents at the precinct.