Detective Keith Green spoke at the Glendale Civic Association meeting Monday night at The Shops at Atlas Park and informed residents that murder incidents, forcible rapes, robberies, felonious assaults, auto thefts and shootings were all down compared to statistics from this time last year.
Green also said arrests were up 6.9 percent and response times in the past year were decreased by 10 percent.
The only crime that increased was grand larcenies, from 371 incidents in 2007 to 446 in 2008.
Green also announced that the perpetrator responsible for a string of purse snatchings and auto thefts across Queens that was reported in last week’s issue of the Glendale Register was apprehended Wednesday after being spotted by members of the 104th Precincts Anti-Crime Task force. He was pursued both on foot and by police helicopter.
Green described suspect Anthony Mecceca as “a one-man crime spree” whose crimes included 12 incidents in Glendale alone.
Councilman Anthony Como, who attended the meeting, said he is familiar with the allegations against Mecceca and is thankful law enforcement worked together to capture him.
“It was no easy undertaking to arrest this dirtbag,” said Como.
The former D.A. assured residents justice would be served to Mecceca.
“He’s not going anywhere for quite a while,” said Como. “The D.A.’s Office is on top of it.”
Residents also grilled Green regarding rowdiness, illegal parking, and what they allege to be intoxicated driving into the early hours of the morning in the area surrounding Yerman’s Pub on 88th Street.
“We’ll be visiting them soon,” said Green, who advised residents to continue calling 911 when such conditions arise.