Photo of slashed tire via one of the victims.
By Krista Carter
Several Upper West Siders who parked their cars on Amsterdam Avenue between 107th to 110th streets awoke on Wednesday to find their tires had been slashed. The NYPD said someone slashed the tires on seven vehicles overnight for no clear reason.
“It’s pure malicious vandalism,” said Captain Timothy Malin of the 24th precinct.
This is the second such incident in the past few weeks. On Dec. 27, four cars on Riverside Drive between 100th and 102nd streets were found with slashed tires. There aren’t many video cameras on that block, so police had trouble tracking the people involved.
In general, police don’t open case files on these types of incidents, but they have in this case. Detectives want anyone who was vandalized to call 911 and report it, including details about when they parked their car and when they found the tires slashed. Getting as many details about where and when this might have happened will help them catch the perpetrator(s).
Below, check out our roundup of the 24th precinct community council meeting on Wednesday night:
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II. Captain Larin community update:
Introduces the precinct’s 6 newest officers. The probationary officers are aged 25-29 years old. They will train for 6 months before being sent to an operation impact zone, an area of high crime, and will be paired up with veteran officers. This gives the rookies a well-rounded approach instead of putting them on foot for an indefinite period of time.
Grand larcenies and burglaries continue to be the precinct’s biggest crimes
Grand larcenies of unattended property pose as the most common type of grand larceny committed in the neighborhood
So far this year there has been a 33% jump in burglaries. It is happening primarily in institutions e.g. nursing homes, shelters, SROs, etc.
Howard Stokes was arrested last week and is still in custody. He was responsible for robbing two females of their pocketbooks on October 18, 2014 at 106th and 107th Streets. He is not from the neighborhood. Police released the sketch at right after the incidents.
There has been an uptick in robberies between 100th Street to 110th Street from Amsterdam Avenue to Central Park West
Last Sunday, 3 men robbed a cell phone store at 109th Street. They brandished a firearm, hit the employee with a gun and stole 4 cells and an Apple Mac notebook
On Friday night into Saturday morning at 105th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, there was a shot fired event. Witness accounts claimed that a man was shooting another across the street and then fled in a silver car.
A sign has been put on at 97th Street and Riverside Drive to advise out-of-towners to not leave their belongings in their cars
III. Community Questions:
A resident asked why there has been an increase in petty larcenies. Captain Larin responded that they can be attributed to the break-ins on Riverside Drive, as well as the shoplifters, especially at 24-hour stores like Duane Reade.
A resident asked how many officers are in the precinct. There are 112 officers currently and another 6 will be arriving from Central Park. There are 5 lieutenants and 17 sergeants.
A resident asked about last week’s subway incident in which a man was brandishing a chain at the 103rd Street subway station. The man was escorted and taken into custody and psychiatrically evaluated. He was not brought up on charges.
As long as we have a mayor who does not have the police in his rear view mirror, crime will rise in NYC and the beloved UWS.
This is a reminder of how life and crime were in the 1970’s.
Comrade de Blasio and his ally and adviser,
ex fat man Wrong Rev. Sharpton, are doing a wonderful job of dragging us back to the past, in the fast lane.
Unfortunately for your argument, crime is still trending down. Sort of like how it has nationally for the past twenty years. The decrease in crime in NYC had nothing to do with Rudy Giuliani and everything to do with unleaded gasoline.
Please don’t confuse Zeus with facts. 🙂
Are you the one who’s hiding his face in shame for being so wrong for so long?
I thought it was you oh pal ‘o mine.
Maybe the facts that are indeed the facts will wake up the side of your brain that was meant for thinking, but then again, most likely it will not, for it’s a lost cause.
The drop in crime rates has everything to do with legalized abortion. Once you have fewer unwanted children, you have fewer people who grow up in an environment where crime seems like the only option.
Wow the comment section is like reading a review of the legitimacy of Freakonomics
well said… the heck with Freakonomics. Plus they are climate change denialists.
Freakonomics is such a load of horse droppings. I am sick of people quoting their unproven theories as if they are gospel.
totally agree with Zeus
Nice to know I am not alone.
And to think we still have 3 long years under that joke of a mayor and his buddies.
NYC deserves better.
Woo-hoo! Here’s to gritty Nyc! If you really want grit, move to Rio. If you survive a year consider yourself blessed!