www.silive.com, Kyle Lawson, July 14,2022
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In a fairly secluded, upscale section of Staten Island where the roads narrow and the lawns are pristine — the residents are terrified.
An emergency meeting was called Sunday by the Iron Hills Civic Association (IHCA) amid a recent wave of luxury auto thefts, home break-ins and carjackings in the Todt Hill area. About 200 people attended, including concerned property owners, the NYPD’s 122nd Precinct commander and District Attorney Michael E. McMahon.
“Three years ago this invasion started,” association president Dr. Mohammad Khalid said in an interview with the Advance/SILive.com. “Now things are getting out of hand, and there has to be some kind of stop to it.”
So far this year, police have responded to about 20 grand larceny autos throughout the “Iron Hills” communities — including Todt Hill, Emerson Hill and parts of Dongan Hills. That’s compared to about eight incidents reported at the same time last year, the city’s CompStat data shows. About five burglaries have been reported in that same area this year, which is on par with last year’s figures.
Authorities say crews of young car thieves primarily operating out of historically impoverished, high crime areas of Newark — who sources say are presumed to be working under older individuals as part of an organized criminal network — are swooping in and out of the borough at all times of the day and night, in some cases making entry to homes, or even returning with a stolen car to steal another vehicle.
Police can track the license plate across the Goethals Bridge, but without an active GPS tracker inside the vehicle they sometimes disappear. Full article