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Thieves Break Into Cars Parked on Douglaston Parkway

As many as 26 vehicles have been broken into since early May along roadway.

As many as 14 cars were burglarized along Douglaston Parkway in recent weeks, state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, said.

This latest string of burglaries follows an investigation by the 111th Precinct into a . During those incidents, thieves smashed the windows of at least 12 vehicles and stole personal items.

Avella said he had contacted the precinct about the latest string of break-ins.

"The precinct reached out to my office and told me they are assigning additional patrol cars to the area," Avella said. "We want to see if we can get some undercover officers out there as well to catch these individuals."

A spokesman for the 111th Precinct confirmed that a number of cars had been burglarized in the Douglas Manor area late last week.

Local residents said several of the vehicles that were broken into were parked on 42nd Avenue near .

"The problem with our location is that it is easy to get away," said Douglas Montgomery, a local realtor. "There are a lot of opportunities via the Cross Island Parkway and the Long Island Expressway."

Another local realtor who did not want to give his name said he was surprised to hear that community residents were still leaving items in their cars following last month's break-ins.

"I don't know if these people are professionals or just smashing windows and stealing quarters," he said. "This has happened twice now and I want to know what's being done about it."

During the May incidents, the thieves targeted cars parked in the garages of two buildings - 43-60 and 44-30 Douglaston Parkway. Vehicles broken into at the buildings included Infinitis and a BMW.

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Arthur J caputo June 21, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Check the auto glass shops who may send people to break windows for business.

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