Collars Lead to Crime Drop

108th Precinct Details Big Burglary Arrest

A large burglary arrest in the 108th Precinct has led to a local decline in the crime, the precinct’s commander told the crowd at the 108th Precinct Community Council meeting last Tuesday, June 26 at Sunnyside Community Services.

Community Board 2 Chairperson Joseph Conley (holding plaque) was honored for his service at the Tuesday, June 26 meeting of the 108th Precinct Council. Also shown from left to right are 108th Precinct Council Sergeant-at-Arms Frank Corrado; P.O. Luis Diaz of the 108th Precinct Community Affairs Unit; Capt. Donald Powers, the precinct’s commander; Precinct Council Secretary Rita Lowry; Precinct Council President Diane Ballek; Board 2 Member Gertrude McDonald; Precinct Council Vice Presidents Patricia Dorfman and Don McCallian; and P.O. Louis Sorrentino, also of the 108th Precinct Community Affairs Unit.

Crime in the 108th Precinct has fallen over the past week and month, according to Capt. Donald Powers.

So far in 2012, the precinct is down 3.8 percent.

“We have had considerable success in the past few months,” he told the crowd, noting that the precinct has arrested members of a crew responsible for area burglaries. The precinct had only 12 burglaries last month compared to 27 this time last year.

“This is what we were hoping for,” Powers said.

He added that the man responsible for a burglary pattern in the neighboring 114th Precinct may also have committed crimes in the 108th.

Powers told the crowd that there are no updates in the case of a man found dead in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside.

One resident told Powers that his bicycle was stolen from a bike rack near the Pulaski Bridge in Hunters Point. He claimed that his bike was locked but that the lock was broken.

“We don’t have a rash of bike thefts,” said Powers, who suggested to cyclists that they get their rides etched with a Vehicle Identification Number so that the bike can be returned to the owner if found.

Powers added that the precinct has had no recorded instances of bike thefts from racks set up by Cemusa that look similar to bus shelters.

Conley honored

The 108th Precinct Council awarded Community Board 2 Chairperson Joseph Conley for his service to the community.

“I can’t think of a better person to honor,” said Precinct Council President Diane Ballek.

“We have done some marvelous things together in this community.” said Conley in accepting the award. “This community, this community board, stood shoulder-to-shoulder on many, many difficult items.”

Conley also pointed to the work of fellow Board 2 member Gertrude McDonald, specifically her crusade to get a bus stop restored to the corner of 39th Street and Queens Boulevard near Sunnyside Community Services.

“If you think you cannot achieve something,” he told the crowd, “you are underestimating the power of one.”

The 108th Precinct Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Sunnyside Community Services, located at 43- 31 39th St.

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