Cops arrest alleged catalytic converter thieves in Flushing
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Police arrested two men in Flushing for allegedly sawing catalytic converters off multiple trucks in a U-Haul storage lot. The device — which contains precious metals inside, like platinum — has been the target of a costly new citywide crime trend. Dwayne Longmore, 31, and Neil Stephens, 33, were arrested Jan. 4 and charged with […]

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Police amp up efforts to reduce grand larcenies in downtown Flushing
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Police are beefing up efforts to protect downtown Flushing shoppers from pickpockets ahead of the Lunar New Year, as grand larcenies have more than doubled since last year. “We will be taking extra precaution, with the community carrying lots of money,” said Inspector Brian Maguire, commanding officer of the 109th Precinct. A command post vehicle […]

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Citywide scam cons elderly Chinese women out of $1.3M

Victims of a citywide scam targeting elderly Chinese women have given $1.3 million to con artists within the last year, police said. According to the 109th Precinct, a hoax stemming from China continues to plague seniors in downtown Flushing. Victims have lost about $500,000 in the Queens precinct alone out of about 50 cases citywide, […]

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Flushing drug, gun bust nets seven
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Seven people were arrested in Flushing for possessing narcotics and loaded guns, police said. Ecstasy pills and nearly six pounds of ketamine or “Special K” were confiscated from a residential home during a drug bust on January 25 at around 9:30 p.m., cops said. Two .22 caliber rifles, a shotgun and a .45 caliber handgun […]

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109th Precinct gets new executive officer
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The 109th Precinct has named a new second in command, hoping the executive’s bilingual skills and immigrant roots will give the downtown Flushing-based precinct a leg up. Captain Tommy Ng, 41, was assigned as the new executive officer of the 109th Precinct this week, after Captain Christopher Manson, the precinct’s former second in charge, was […]

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