By Daniel Katzive
A broken pipe at the Bloomingdale Library on 100th Street knocked the 24th Precinct’s Community Council meeting out of its usual location on Wednesday.
However, a portable microphone amplifier, some chairs brought in by the precinct’s Community Affairs Officers, the late summer sunset, and cooperative weather allowed the meeting to go on as scheduled outdoors in the Happy Warrior Playground at 99th Street and Amsterdam.
Small children enjoying the playground equipment and teens playing basketball provided a pleasant backdrop as Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi confirmed that robberies are up in the precinct, with 20 reported over the past 28-day period, including 10 street robberies.
Detectives are asking for help from the public in identifying suspects in one of the robberies which occurred this past Saturday at 5am on Broadway at 89th Street. The precinct shared a photo of the suspect on the @NYPD24Pct Twitter feed and asked that tips be reported to Crime Stoppers.
🚨WANTED for ROBBERY🚨
On SAT 6/11 at about 5 am, a victim was robbed at W. 89 St. & Broadway on the #UWS. The 24th Precinct Detective Squad is attempting to identify these individuals in connection with the incident.
— NYPD 24th Precinct (@NYPD24Pct) June 15, 2022
Meanwhile, Inspector Yaguchi noted that the shoplifting wave that had been boosting larceny numbers in the precinct has now subsided thanks to stepped-up patrols and cooperation from large retailers along Columbus Avenue above 97th Street.
However, overall larceny numbers remain elevated as incidents involving vehicles have picked up, particularly along Riverside Drive. This includes thefts of property inside vehicles as well as thefts involving catalytic converters and side-view mirrors.
Officer Sarah Frankel, the precinct’s Crime Prevention Officer, advised motorists to park in well-lit areas and avoid leaving property visible in their vehicles.
The next 24th Community Council meeting will be in September after a two-month hiatus for summer. As for the Bloomingdale Library, the NYPL website indicates the location has been closed for building repairs since June 10 and will reopen in approximately six weeks.