The 63rd Precinct is “concerned” about a rash of robberies in Mill Basin.
“I’m concerned because robberies are a violent crime,” Lieutenant Robert Haley told residents at last week’s meeting of the Mill Basin Civic Association.
In some instances, they have involved criminals holding up Brooklynites at gunpoint, cops say.
Last month, Marine Park Civic Association President Greg Borruso lashed out at the 63rd Precinct for a series of robberies in Marine Park.
“There was an armed robbery on Avenue S and East 37th Street last week where three 17-year-old kids were held up and they took their money and jewelry,” he said. “I’m not happy that there’s been nine robberies since November. I want to know, what are you doing about it? You have no arrests, you have no descriptions.”
Community Affairs Officer Theresa McElroy insists, “We’re doing everything we can do.”
Also on the rise are grand larcenies auto. That’s when a criminal breaks into a car and steals any valuables present.
“Grand larcenies auto have gone up – six for the week,” Haley said.
Apparently, Mill Basin residents are making it easy for thieves to gain access to their vehicles.
“Believe it or not, a lot of people still don’t lock their car doors,” Haley noted. “Then they’ll find that their GPS is missing.”
Residents could be leaving themselves open to identity theft.
“Some people leave a credit card in their car to pay for gas. If someone takes that it’s a grand larceny,” Haley said.
He encouraged Mill Basin residents to remove all valuables from their cars and immediately call 911 to report suspicious activity.
Most importantly, “Lock your car doors,” advised East 60th Street resident Robert Judge.