Boro Park Shmira Puts end to Slew of Burglaries of High-end Auto Parts
By: Yehuda Alter
After receiving multiple complaints, the last few weeks for
catalytic converters (a vehicles’ exhaust emission control device) being stolen
from cars around the neighborhood, Boro Park Shmira increased the number of
volunteers assigned to their night shift patrol—a move that paid off on Thursday
and Monday nights, when Shmira was right there to catch the burglars, in the
act of stealing auto parts.
On Thursday evening at about 3:30am, Shmira patrol members
noticed a suspicious white BMW in the 13th Avenue area. After
keeping a sharp eye for several minutes, they witnessed the 3 occupants of the
car in the act, and immediately alerted NYPD. As the officers arrived on scene the suspects
tried to flee in their car when NYPD officers successfully detained them with
The suspects were hit with a total of 21 criminal charges.
An eerily similar incident
played out last night on just a few blocks over, on 47th Street and
43rd Street. A Shmira hotline caller noticed a black SUV driving
suspiciously, and Shmira was on the scene in moments. They alerted NYPD and
followed the vehicle. They observed two burglaries in action and followed the
perps until New Utrecht Avenue and 51st Street, where NYPD arrested
them, again with guns drawn.
A Shmira spokesman told Boropark24 that the perpetrators are definitely not the same individuals from the Thursday night robberies, but it remains unclear whether they are connected with one another.