2017-03-08 / Front Page

Hunt Man With Cane In Cash Rob

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for a man with a cane who stole $1,500 from an unlocked car in Jackson Heights.

Cops recovered surveillance footage that shows the man walking up to the cap parked at Northern Boulevard and 74th Street at about 6 p.m. on February 24.

The man noticed then car was unlocked, opened a door and found the cash inside, a police source said. The suspect grabbed the cash and fled in an unknown direction.

The man is described as Hispanic, approximately 60-years-old, with short brown hair. He was wearing wire-rimmed sunglasses, a dark-colored hooded winter jacket, dark-colored pants, white sneakers and a dark-colored scarf around his neck, and was holding a cane in his left hand at the time of the robbery, police said.

The robbery occurred just days after local police officials issued one of many warnings to motorists urging them to stop making it easy for crooks to steal or vandalize vehicles, or steal cash and other items left in plain sight in unlocked vehicles.

 Dep. Inspector Michele Irizzary, commanding officer of the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights, has repeatedly warned motorists to use common sense when they park and leave their cars. “Don’t leave your car unattended and running,” Irizzary said. “When you’re cleaning snow from your car, don’t leave it unlocked, running and run inside your house, don’t double park your car and leave it unlocked while you run into the bank or to a Dunkin’ Donuts, Irizzary said.” Doing so makes your vehicle an easy target for car thieves, Irizzary said.

Over a 28-day period between December 20 and January 17, crooks swiped 20 vehicles in Jackson Heights, Corona and East Elmhurst – compared with just five stolen cars reported in the command in the same time period I last year, Irizzary said. Six of those vehicles were left unattended and running when they were stolen, Jackson Heights’ top cop said. “Turn off your engine and take your keys with you when you walk away from your cay,” Irizzary said.

Motorists may think the city’s low crime statistics make is safe to walk away and leave their vehicle running, Irizzary said. That’s wrong, and leaving your keys in a running vehicle invites criminals to help themselves, she declared.

NYPD officials said the condition exists throughout Queens. “For some reason, people think it’s OK to leave their cars unlocked and running when they’re not around,” officials said. “They don’t think, don’t realize that’s an open invitation for the vehicle to be stolen, even if the car is parked in their driveway”

NYPD officials said auto-related crimes are on the rise throughout the city, most involving vehicles that are left unlocked, unattended and often running, by their owners. “People must understand that they cannot leave their cars unlocked, any more than they can leave home without locking their doors and windows,” a top-ranking NYPD official said. “You must lock your vehicle and take the keys with you when you walk away.”

Some people think it’s safe to park unlocked cars in their private driveways, with phones, laptops, wallets – and even purses stashed on the floor, police officials said. “Thieves aren’t shy about stealing cars or swiping valuables from any unlocked car.”

Police officials are urging the public to call the Crime Prevention officer at their local precinct to take advantage of a wide range of crime prevention programs available free of charge at local precincts, including programs deigned to curtail auto-related crimes.

Police are also urging anyone with information regarding the February 24 robbery to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

















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