Police survey the scene of a break-in early Tuesday morning at a laundromat on Van Duzer Street in Stapleton. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The NYPD’s 120th Precinct is seeking tips from the public in regard to multiple commercial burglaries reported this month by local business owners.
The most recent incident occurred just after midnight Tuesday at a laundromat in Stapleton.
Police said an unidentified person smashed through a glass door at the front entrance of 959 Van Duzer St.
A 58-year-old male complainant told officers the perpetrator removed $400 from the location before fleeing in an unknown direction.
Detectives were seen surveying the scene hours after the incident.
Police responded early Tuesday morning to an apparent overnight break in at Cloud Blue Laundromat on Van Duzer Street in Stapleton. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)
The break-in Tuesday represents the fourth commercial burglary this year within about a 10-block radius in Stapleton, the city’s CompStat data shows.
On Monday, the precinct tweeted a surveillance photo of an unidentified person sought for questioning in connection with an April 15 incident.
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An NYPD spokeswoman said that officers responded just after 1 a.m. to a 911 call of a burglary inside a U-Haul center at 1050 Bay St. in Rosebank.
The surveillance image shows what appears to be a male in a gray-hooded jacket or sweatshirt, red-brimmed baseball cap, white tennis shoes and a black mask over his mouth and nose.
🚨Wanted for Burglary🚨 that occurred on April 15 at 1:00am on Bay Street. Any info call the 120th Precinct Detective Squad 718-981-2714 pic.twitter.com/lC9GKor2D8
The precinct also is seeking information about an April 10 break-in at a Dunkin Donuts in New Brighton.
Officers responded just after 11 p.m. to a 911 call for a burglary at 700 Richmond Terrace, police said.
A 58-year-old female complainant told police an unidentified male entered the location through a wall. The individual allegedly removed $300 in cash and approximately $2,500 in merchandise, police said.
A grainy surveillance image released by authorities shows an individual sought for questioning wearing a hooded jacket, a white mask, white tennis shoes and possibly a hat underneath the hood.
It wasn’t immediately clear if any of the incidents were being investigated as a possible pattern.
Anyone with information in regard to any of the incidents is asked to call the 120th Precinct’s Detective Squad at 718-981-2714.
Tips also can be submitted to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). To submit information online, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or message @NYPDTips on Twitter.
Police say all calls and messages are kept confidential.
🚨Wanted for Burglary🚨that occurred on April 10th at 10:53pm on Richmond Terrace. Any info on this individual call the 120 Precinct Detective Squad 718-981-2714 pic.twitter.com/HNxvvWJozr
Police in the 120th Precinct have responded to 20 burglaries so far this year, as of April 10, compared to 18 at the same time last year, CompStat data shows.
Residents and business owners in the neighboring 121st Precinct meanwhile have seen 29 incidents, nine of which have been reported in the Mariners Harbor and Arlington areas. Nineteen have been reported in the 122nd Precinct, which encompasses the borough’s East Shore, along with a few South Shore and Mid-Island neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, on the South Shore, police have only seen two incidents so far this year, representing a near 82% decrease from this time last year.
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The city’s CompStat data shows that as of April 10, robberies, car thefts, felony assaults and grand larcenies all were up on our borough.
Data shows boroughwide numbers have fluctuated since 2020.
During citywide shutdowns at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, burglaries were surging across multiple commercial areas of the borough as businesses were left vacant, workers laid off and non-violent, repeat offenders were released on their own recognizance amid court closures and statewide bail reform laws.
Then, as businesses re-opened in 2021 and life started to return to normal for many New Yorkers, the borough saw a 30% drop in break-ins.
So far this year, police on the Island have responded to 70 incidents, compared to 72 at the same time last year.
Citywide, burglaries are up nearly 32%, while each of the other six major categories of crime also are surging.
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