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Cops nab DUMBO ‘smasher’

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The smasher just got collared.

Cops have arrested a career criminal on charges stemming from a car break-in in DUMBO in April, and are investigating whether the man is also responsible for a series of break-ins in recent months.

Darren “Squarehead” Stone was indicted on Wednesday on single felony count of criminal mischief and several misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, and faces up to seven years in prison, said Jonah Bruno, a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney. Stone faces the felony charge because of his extensive rap sheet.

The arrest stemmed from an April incident in which Stone allegedly broke into an SUV on Water Street and stole a $300 ring and car seat, Bruno said. Police say Stone cut his hand on the broken glass and left drops of blood in the car. The DA was then able to connect Stone’s DNA to that left at the scene, Bruno said.

So far this year, cops have arrested Stone seven times on similar counts of petit and grand larceny and criminal mischief.

A judge set Stone’s bail at $25,000.

A message to Stone’s court-appointed attorney, Kleon Andreadis, was not returned.

The arrest comes as neighbors in DUMBO have organized themselves into a “Citizens Patrol” in response to a spate of car break-ins and burglaries.

Police from the 84th precinct have beefed up security in the area in response to the crimes, and members of the Citizens Patrol said they’ve noticed an improvement.

“Over the past two weeks, we have definitely seen a reduction in the number of break-ins and received only a few reports of glass piles or windowless vehicles,” said the organizer of waterstreetwindowsmash.blogspot.com, on the Web site.

Updated 5:20 pm, August 29, 2008
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WINNIE WILLIAMS from DUMBO says:
YES I LIVE CLOSE BY FARRAGUT PROJECTS ALL THEY DO IS SELL DRUGS AND SHOT EACH I PAY GOOD MONEY WHERE I LIVE AND DON"T WANT TO LEAVE THEY DO THEY CRIME AND RUN BACK INTO THOSE PROJECTS THEY SELLING DRUGS @ AND THAT HOUSE NEXT TO THAT STORE IS A DRUG HOUSE WHEN WILL 84TH PRECEINT CLEAN UP OR THEY CLEANING UP THAT PRECIENT THEY SELLING DRUGS ALL OVER THAT FARRAGUT PLEASE HELP CLEAN UP FARRAGUT HOUSES
Aug. 31, 2008, 11:37 am

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