The 88th Precinct and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo warn auto owners to hide their stuff

Smash and nab! Arrest does not end Clinton Hill car burglary spree

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Cops say they caught the guy responsible for a string of Clinton Hill car break-ins red-handed, but the smashing and grabbing has not ceased.

Police charged the 48-year-old they arrested with four of the 14 auto burglaries that took place in the last month, all in the vicinity of Saint Joseph’s College, but the other 10 are unsolved and the thefts continued after the suspect was pinched, cops said. The incidents all occurred overnight and police report the suspect is a known no-goodnik with a rap sheet a mile long.

“He’s a recidivist,” said a spokesman for the neighborhood’s 88th Precinct. “He’s known to the precinct.”

The bust came in the early morning of March 3 after cops received a 911 call from a neighbor who saw a car window get bashed in on Clinton Avenue. Cops say they found the man on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Adelphi Street with a cut on his hand and broken glass in his pocket. He was also carrying a gym bag that contained various pieces of pilfered loot, according to police. The same man was arrested a week prior for another burglary and possession of crack cocaine, prosecutors said.

But police are stressing that the fellow in custody is not responsible for all the thefts, pointing out that a vehicle burglary occurred in the same area after they popped him and reminding residents that the best way to avoid being victimized is to keep valuables out of sight.

“If there’s an opportunity for someone to steal something, they’ll take advantage of that,” the precinct’s spokesman said.

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (D–Clinton Hill) is hosting a town hall forum at Saint Joseph’s College on March 14 to get the word out about how to stay safe and to give residents a chance to talk with police about the problem.

“We all must do our part and ‘say something,’” Cumbo said in a statement.

Town hall meeting at Saint Joseph’s College auditorium (245 Clinton Ave. between Dekalb and Willoughby avenues in Clinton Hill). March 14 at 8 pm.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
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Reasonable discourse

Clean Up from Your Act says:
Staging a photo like that isn't an "exclusive re-enactment:" it's fraud and misrepresentation. Also, this incredibly amateur stunt leaves you open to a suit when someone is finally arrested. Nice job!
March 10, 2014, 12:09 pm
Mervin Jones says:
The defendant looks black in the reenactment - is this factual or just an assumption?
March 10, 2014, 12:39 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but the mask black-it's a black mask. That is a stone cold fact, sir. If people wore white masks for robberies, that would be a whole different can of worms.
March 10, 2014, 5:56 pm
d.m from clinton hills says:
To Mervin: If he's black or white what does it matter to you? just be glad it's one less car thief off of the streets! That probably would give you some satisfaction to know he's black I bet
March 16, 2014, 5:50 am

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