2010-11-04 / Top Stories

Precinct Launches Crackdown On Robberies In Community

By Charles Rogers

NYPD command post has been positioned on Flatlands Avenue in front of Holy Family Church at Rockaway Parkway as an added support in light of spike in robberies. Charles Rogers      NYPD command post has been positioned on Flatlands Avenue in front of Holy Family Church at Rockaway Parkway as an added support in light of spike in robberies. Charles Rogers Deputy Inspector Milt Marmara, commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, said last week he wants to “continue to improve upon gains the community and the precinct have made together” and keep the public informed about a recent spike in robberies in the past month.

“While we continued to be down in robberies this year, as opposed to last,” he said through a spokesman, “we are up by eleven robberies compared to the past 28 day period.” He said the precinct command is working hard to keep our neighborhoods safe by further preventing crime in general. Marmara said there is someone committing robberies in the vicinity of the Glenwood Houses development, on the west side of Ralph Avenue in the 63rd Precinct area, who may also be committing the same crimes on the 69th Precinct side.

The spokesman said the man is described as black and in his 20s. He wears a mask and carries a black or grey handgun and robs young females who are alone in the vicinity of the Ralph Avenue development.

During school hours, robberies have also taken place during school hours around the East 80s and near IS 68 on East 82nd Street and Flatlands Avenue.

Other locations include just south of Flatlands Avenue and east of Rockaway Parkway, where victims might be followed from the L train terminal at Glenwood Road.

“That’s one important area where we are asking residents to remain alert and aware of their surroundings,” Marmara said.

He also advised youths to stay along “school corridors,” such as Rockaway Parkway and Flatlands Avenue as much as they can and where there are additional officers deployed to assist with dismissals.

“Detectives are continuing investigations into the recent incidents and as a precinct we have made numerous arrests and are further prosecuting the individuals responsible,” he said. The precinct commander said there are many crime prevention programs available for residents and suggested that those with information call the Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215.

All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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