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106th Precinct
catches thieves

With an increase in the number of larcenies and grand larcenies, the “106th [Precinct] has done a great job of moving people around [to the hardest hit areas],”?said Frank Dardani, President of the 106th Precinct Community Council, which met most recently on Wednesday, March 11.
Officers have made a few burglary arrests, including one in relation to the two incidents in Tudor Village, they say.
Another good arrest, for which Officer Paul Laurino was awarded “Cop of the Month”?occurred on March 2, when two suspects tried to take the wheels off a car in front of a home on 133rd Avenue.
Residents called police, who canvassed the area and spotted the perps — both in their 20s — who fled on foot. The cops gave pursuit and apprehended both suspects, who between them, had 68 priors.
“They took two very bad guys off the streets,”?said Captain Jim Kimmel, who has been Executive Officer at the 106th for about six weeks.
Also in attendance at the meeting were Albert Baldeo, Councilmember Eric Ulrich, Community Board 10 Chair Betty Braton, and representatives from Senators Joseph Addabbo and Shirley Huntley and Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer.
“All the problems you deal with, I?deal with too,”?said Ulrich, who noted that his district office will be open within a month.
One resident in attendance asked about the thieves allegedly posing as utility workers. “If you didn’t call them to your hous, then they have no business being there,”?said Dardani, who advised that people warn their neighbors and call 9-1-1 if they find anyone suspicious.
Another issue addressed was signs advertising foreclosure help.
“If you don’t know them and didn’t solicit them, you shouldn’t be dealing with them,”?said Braton, who urged everyone to call 3-1-1 and report these as illegally-posted signs. She noted that this is a sanitation issue, not police.
To end the meeting, an educational video was played urging people to report illegal handguns by calling 866-GUN-STOP. No questions will be asked and callers will remain anonymous.
Recently, 912 guns were taken off the streets in the first-ever gun-buyback in Queens.

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