Burglaries continue to plague 112th Precinct
by Jason Cohen
Feb 19, 2014 | 457 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Captain Thomas Conforti of the 112th Precinct addressed Community Board 6 last week about the ongoing burglaries in Forest Hills that have been taking place since November.

The captain said the intruder or intruders have been breaking into several apartments at once, using the fire escape window for their entrance and exit.

He urged residents to look out for anything suspicious. Currently there are no suspects, but the police are following up on all possible leads. District Manager Frank Gulluscio said he is aware of the burglaries and is concerned.

“Any invasion of anything personal is alarming,” he said.

Forest Hills resident and board member Jean Silva has had three burglaries in her apartment building on Austin Street. She has lived in the community for 40 years, but said there were never problems like this.

Silva said she used to know everyone in her building and now she really doesn’t. Furthermore, she is often nervous to leave her house.

“It really is scary,” she said.

In addition to the rash of robberies, Conforti also said traffic enforcement has been a major issue, especially after recent accidents on Northern Boulevard. While drivers are the main concern, police officers have also been looking at jaywalkers. They recently surveyed two locations for 45 minutes and observed 100 people jaywalking.

“It’s important for people to know that jaywalking is dangerous,” Conforti said.

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