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An attempted burglar was caught by a resident when he tried to enter a house in Whitestone.

Whitestone residents, keep your eyes open and windows closed as crime heats up in the city this summer.

One attempted burglar got cold feet after trying to kick down a fly screen on the second floor of a Whitestone house. According to police, the incident took place on Monday, July 11, at 10:15 p.m. near 159th Street and Powells Cove Boulevard.


Police told QNS that a 37-year-old victim filed a complaint to the 109th Precinct, stating that a white male climbed on cars and an air conditioner unit to reach the roof.

“Everyone please close your windows at night. My bedroom is on the second floor and a guy tried to get in. He climbed up onto my roof and was hanging from the gutters of the house trying to kick the fly screen in,” the victim said as a warning to members on the neighborhood’s local Facebook page. “My husband jumped out of bed trying to grab his ankle or feet but we couldn’t open the fly screen!”

Startled by the husband’s actions, the suspect dropped to the ground and fled toward 160th Street and Powells Cove Boulevard, police confirmed.

The burglar is described as a white man, approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall or 5 foot 9 inches tall, last seen wearing shorts and a tank top.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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