Posts Tagged ‘BURGLARY’

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

21 Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You…

1.Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2.Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3.Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4.Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..
5.If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6.If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
7.A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8.It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
9.I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
10.Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11.Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
12.You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
13.A loud TV or radio can be a Good deterrent.
14.Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
15.The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
16.I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
17.I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
18.I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
19.Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address. Parents: caution your kids about this. You see this every day.
20.To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
21.If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
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Gold fever sweeps the criminal underworld

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

by The Associated Press
Published: September 6, 2011
Gus Rodriguez looks more like a soldier than a jewelry store security guard, with a Beretta handgun strapped to his bulletproof vest, shades wrapped around his shaved head and pepper spray bulging from a breast pocket.

“I am not afraid,” the former Ecuadorean military man says, patting his pistol. “They call me Rambo.”

After a summer of brazen attacks on gold stores, parts of downtown Los Angeles now look more like a militarized zone than a commercial corridor.

The gold fever that has driven prices to an all-time high is also fueling a crime spree in the precious metal. Police nationwide are seeing an uptick in robberies and burglaries related to gold prices, which peaked at $1,891 an ounce last month, up more than $600 from a year earlier.

The FBI doesn’t keep numbers for gold thefts but local police departments have plenty of anecdotal evidence of a spike. Dozens of women have had their necklaces snatched in daylight attacks, burglars are targeting gold in homes and robbers in New Jersey even cleared out a mining museum’s irreplaceable collection of nuggets.

The beauty of gold, from a criminal stand point, is that it’s easy to fence. Rings and necklaces can be melted down — destroying the evidence — and sold. Precious items such as diamonds are harder to alter and easier to trace.

There were at least six Los Angeles gold store robberies in June and July. On Aug. 22, four men with hammers were arrested outside a jewelry store, Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said.

These thefts were suspected to have been carried out by gang members who covered their faces with hoods and hats, then rushed into stores and swiped what they could in a matter of seconds. One surveillance video shows a shopkeeper being blasted by pepper spray while robbers destroy display cabinets and grab what they can.

“Certainly the surging gold prices motivated these people to want to do these smash-and-grabs,” Vernon said. “They are not trading what they steal at the market value of gold. Even if they get it half that, they are making a pretty penny.”

In Oakland, police say dozens of women have had gold necklaces yanked from their necks on the street. More than 100 similar thefts have been reported in Los Angeles, a rash of robberies is taking place in St. Paul, Minn., and police in Phoenix say muggers chatted up high school girls then ripped their gold necklaces from them.

“We’ve never seen this,” said Oakland police Sgt. Holly Joshi. Most of the victims were robbed while distractedly looking at their phones.

In July, thieves smashed open a glass display in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in New Jersey and made off with about $400,000 in gold samples collected from mines across the globe.

Rodriguez, the LA security guard, hasn’t had to use his weapon in the four months he’s stood guard. The stocky 44-year-old earned his nickname from gang members who he says regularly look him over as they slowly drive past the shops he patrols.

Most of the jewelry stores on Broadway are low-end enterprises with owners keen to make a quick buck buying jewelry, melting it and reselling it. The street alternates from squalid to splendid, dotted with crumbling former theaters and refurbished art deco high rises.

Opposing forces of gentrification and homelessness play out on the street, where hustlers stand outside cheap electronics stores blasting Mexican music and drivers swoop into secured garages beneath newly renovated apartment buildings.

A couple hundred yards down the street from Rodriguez, another gold store guard pops open the leather clasp securing his .357 magnum pistol when he sees two young men walking toward him.

Oscar Quintero says he’s never had to fully unholster his gun but a few weeks ago thwarted a robbery by blasting pepper spray at a man who tried to run away with a gold chain around his neck.

Crime Prevention Tips and Reminders

Friday, July 15th, 2011

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> Alarm System: Arm your alarm even if you are going to be gone for a short period of time. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure you have motion detectors and or glass breakage sensors. The burglars are breaking windows and entering homes in an attempt to bypass the alarm system.
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> Electronics: Please remember that if you have important information on your home computer, back it up on a separate device or use one of the many on-line back up services that are now available and automatically back up all of your information. It is devastating to lose years of family pictures or other valuable information because a thief took your computer and you didn’t take the time to save that information. Keep a file with all serial numbers of your electronics which can help us recover them.
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> Flood Lights: Floodlights with motion detectors can be effective in deterring people from wandering around your driveway or around your home. They are relatively inexpensive and can be installed easily. Once installed, the lights will come on immediately if someone enters that particular area near your home.
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> Neighborhood Watch: Please watch out for your neighbor?s property and call us if you see anything suspicious. A good rule of thumb is to call if you wonder whether or not you should call. ?When in doubt make the call.?
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> Door-to-Door Peddlers: I have received many calls and emails about the people selling magazines and cleaning supplies. Sometimes these people are extremely persistent or they attempt to pressure people by intimidation. In either case call the police if necessary. They believe if they put enough pressure on residents (and many times they are right) the resident will give them money to get them to leave. This of course just reinforces what they are doing. Do not give money to anyone who comes to your door that you do not know.
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> Door-to-Door Scams: A common scam involves people claiming to be out of gas or that their vehicle is disabled. They ask for a loan or money to help them out. This is just an example. Their scams are only limited to their imaginations. Again, do not give money to anyone at your door that you do not know.
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> Anytime an individual approaches you and states that they have material left over from another job, whether it is chemicals, asphalt or whatever, be suspicious.
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> Phone Calls: Don?t allow tele-marketers or local sales calls to pressure you into contributing money or signing up for services over the telephone for any reason. If you want to donate, ask to be sent something in the mail for your review. Always ask to be removed from their calling list before you just hang up. If you do not do this, they are allowed to call back. To be added to the nationwide ?Do Not Call List?, go to: https://www.donotcall.gov. This will prevent most sales calls to your home. Political advertising/solicitation and charities are exempt from the registry and so you must ask them, each time they call, to remove your number.
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> Inventory of Valuables: We have many thefts where people discover their jewelry missing months after they saw it last. It is a good idea to inventory your jewelry, valuable household items and guns and put all valuables in a secure location if possible.
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> Video Log of Valuables: Many people take a video camera and video everything in their home. This is invaluable after a fire and sometimes after a burglary. Things are taken or destroyed that you may never miss unless you have some kind of inventory available. There are also professional services that will do this for you. Ask your insurance agent about this idea and whether any of your items need a current appraisal in order for you to make a claim if something is lost or stolen.
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> Hide Valuables: Do not leave any items of value visible from the windows of your vehicle. Lock all items of value in the trunk of your vehicle. If thieves can see inside your vehicle and there is a purse, laptop or anything of significant value inside they will knock a window out to gain possession of that item. Another option is to leave your car unlocked with nothing of value inside.
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> Lock Your Car: Do not leave your car unlocked unless it has nothing of value in it and don?t ever leave your keys in your car. Many people have their house key on their car key ring and have a garage door opener inside a car that may be parked outside their home. Some people have a fob which controls their home alarm system on their key ring. This can compromise your personal security and that of your property. Remove your keys each time you leave your car so that no one can gain unauthorized entry.
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> Lock Your Car @ Daycare: Thieves have discovered that women who are dropping off or picking up children at day cares are easy victims because they leave their cars unlocked. Please be aware of this.
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> Please don?t leave keys on a tire when you go walking. Thieves know that people do this.
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> Convertibles: If you have a vehicle with a soft top, be aware that thieves are cutting those tops to steal from the vehicles. It is very expensive to have these tops repaired. It is better to leave these vehicles unlocked with no valuables inside than to have the top cut for an article worth much less than a new or repaired top.
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> Personal Safety & Theft
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> Parks, Trails, Shopping Trips: If you are out walking in a park or shopping in one of our villages, please pay attention to any suspicious vehicles or individuals. If someone looks out of place call the police department.
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> Parking Lots: Always be aware of who is nearby when you?re loading packages into your car. Lock your car before returning a buggy or cart to a store and watch your purse and car keys while loading or unloading your vehicle in a public place.
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> Grocery Shopping: When you are grocery shopping, don?t leave an unattended purse in a buggy. It only takes a second for a thief to remove your wallet or purse while you are distracted and you may not notice it until checkout.
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Self-Defense

Monday, January 31st, 2011

You’ve seen it in movies: A girl walks through an isolated parking garage. Suddenly, an evil-looking guy jumps out from behind an SUV. Girl jabs bad guy in the eyes with her keys — or maybe she kicks him in a certain sensitive place. Either way, while he’s squirming, she leaps into her car and speeds to safety.

That’s the movies. Here’s the real-life action replay: When the girl goes to jab or kick the guy, he knows what’s coming and grabs her arm (or leg), pulling her off balance. Enraged by her attempt to fight back, he flips her onto the ground. Now she’s in a bad place to defend herself — and she can’t run away.

Many people think of self-defense as a karate kick to the groin or jab in the eyes of an attacker. But self-defense actually means doing everything possible to avoid fighting someone who threatens or attacks you. Self-defense is all about using your smarts — not your fists.

Use Your Head

People (guys as well as girls) who are threatened and fight back "in self-defense" actually risk making a situation worse. The attacker, who is already edgy and pumped up on adrenaline — and who knows what else — may become even more angry and violent. The best way to handle any attack or threat of attack is to try to get away. This way, you’re least likely to be injured.

One way to avoid a potential attack before it happens is to trust your instincts. Your intuition, combined with your common sense, can help get you out of trouble. For example, if you’re running alone on the school track and you suddenly feel like you’re being watched, that could be your intuition telling you something. Your common sense would then tell you that it’s a good idea to get back to where there are more people around.

De-Escalating a Bad Situation

Attackers aren’t always strangers who jump out of dark alleys. Sadly, teens can be attacked by people they know. That’s where another important self-defense skill comes into play. This skill is something self-defense experts and negotiators call de-escalation.

De-escalating a situation means speaking or acting in a way that can prevent things from getting worse. The classic example of de-escalation is giving a robber your money rather than trying to fight or run. But de-escalation can work in other ways, too. For example, if someone harasses you when there’s no one else around, you can de-escalate things by agreeing with him or her. You don’t have to actually believe the taunts, of course, you’re just using words to get you out of a tight spot. Then you can redirect the bully’s focus ("Oops, I just heard the bell for third period"), and calmly walk away from the situation.

Something as simple as not losing your temper can de-escalate a situation. Learn how to manage your own anger effectively so that you can talk or walk away without using your fists or weapons.

Although de-escalation won’t always work, it can only help matters if you remain calm and don’t give the would-be attacker any extra ammunition. Whether it’s a stranger or someone you thought you could trust, saying and doing things that don’t threaten your attacker can give you some control.

Reduce Your Risks

Another part of self-defense is doing things that can help you stay safe. Here are some tips from the National Crime Prevention Council and other experts:

  • Understand your surroundings. Walk or hang out in areas that are open, well lit, and well traveled. Become familiar with the buildings, parking lots, parks, and other places you walk. Pay particular attention to places where someone could hide — such as stairways and bushes.
  • Avoid shortcuts that take you through isolated areas.
  • If you’re going out at night, travel in a group.
  • Make sure your friends and parents know your daily schedule (classes, sports practice, club meetings, etc.). If you go on a date or with friends for an after-game snack, let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  • Check out hangouts. Do they look safe? Are you comfortable being there? Ask yourself if the people around you seem to share your views on fun activities — if you think they’re being reckless, move on.
  • Be sure your body language shows a sense of confidence. Look like you know where you’re going and act alert.
  • When riding on public transportation, sit near the driver and stay awake. Attackers are looking for vulnerable targets.
  • Carry a cell phone if possible. Make sure it’s programmed with your parents’ phone number.
  • Be willing to report crimes in your neighborhood and school to the police.
  • Take a Self-Defense Class- www.umac-mma.com

    The best way — in fact the only way — to prepare yourself to fight off an attacker is to take a self-defense class. We’d love to give you all the right moves in an article, but some things you just have to learn in person.

    A good self-defense class can teach you how to size up a situation and decide what you should do. Self-defense classes can also teach special techniques for breaking an attacker’s grasp and other things you can do to get away. For example, attackers usually anticipate how their victim might react — that kick to the groin or jab to the eyes, for instance. A good self-defense class can teach you ways to surprise your attacker and catch him or her off guard.

    One of the best things people take away from self-defense classes is self-confidence. The last thing you want to be thinking about during an attack is, "Can I really pull this self-defense tactic off?" It’s much easier to take action in an emergency if you’ve already had a few dry runs.

    A self-defense class should give you a chance to practice your moves. If you take a class with a friend, you can continue practicing on each other to keep the moves fresh in your mind long after the class is over.

    Check out your local YMCA, community hospital, or community center for classes. If they don’t have them, they may be able to tell you who does. Your PE teacher or school counselor may also be a great resource. www.umac-mma.com

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Masked intruders terrorize Eastport couple

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

 

Masked intruders terrorize Eastport couple

Heavily-armed Suffolk County police emergency service officers at

Photo credit: James Carbone | Heavily-armed Suffolk County police emergency service officers at home where suspects were believed held-up at 46 Union Avenue in Eastport. (Jan. 7, 2011)

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Armed Suffolk County police emergency service officers outside Eastport couple terrorized by intruders

Two masked men terrorized an Eastport couple Friday, binding them with duct tape and plastic ties and ransacking their house, police said, in a home invasion with echoes of a notorious Connecticut case.

The assailants – one armed with a small black handgun – then ordered the 38-year-old husband to go get more cash or his wife, 37, would be harmed, according to police. The husband drove alone to a Chase bank in Center Moriches, withdrawing an unknown sum from his account, but his demeanor caused an employee to call 911, police said.

Police descended on the bank just as the man was leaving with his cash withdrawal, and the husband told the responding officers about the invasion, authorities said.

Believing there was a hostage situation, Seventh Precinct officers surrounded the house, cordoning off the block in the largely wooded area in a siege that lasted for hours. Heavily armed Emergency Services officers brought an armored vehicle to the scene.

Police said they found the wife bound but otherwise uninjured in the backseat of one of the couple’s cars, which was parked in the driveway of the modest two-story home.

Authorities said the intruders told her to lie on the backseat and be quiet. She didn’t know where the assailants went.

When police arrived, they thought the home invaders might still be in the house and summoned a hostage negotiator before approaching.

It was shortly after 11 a.m. that they discovered the female victim. Hours more passed before it was determined the assailants had left, police said.

Detectives say they believe the house was targeted, but that the victims did not know the perpetrators.

No arrests have been made. Authorities say the burglars took the woman’s diamond ring, the man’s necklace, two computers, cash and wallets.

Police said this is how the incident unfolded:

As the man opened his front door to go out about 9:05 a.m., the two masked men were waiting outside the door. They pushed their way in. The victim struggled with them briefly, but the home invaders overpowered him and bound the man and his wife, also blindfolding them with tape.

At first, the couple was held in their kitchen. Then one of the intruders took the wife to the couple’s bedroom and left her on the bed. After the men scooped up valuables around the house, they demanded more money at gunpoint. The husband persuaded them to let him go to the bank to get more money.

"I think the implication was it was going to be a significant amount of money," said Det. Sgt. John Best.

The wife believes her husband had left when the robbers put her, still bound, in the car – a disabled white Volvo station wagon that was one of many on the property. The husband has a car-scrapping business, police said.

Police said it was unclear why the robbers fled without waiting for the promised cash from the bank. The wife said she was removed from the bedroom 30 to 45 minutes after she was put there.

As the situation unfolded, Eastport Elementary School, a half-mile away, was placed on a modified lockdown Friday afternoon, school officials said. Students were released at their usual dismissal time.

Police blocked access to Union Avenue well into the evening as they continued to collect evidence at the house.

A neighbor, Pete Jespersen, witnessed at least part of the day’s events; he said he saw an officer approach the victims’ house with a drawn gun. He said police told him to leave his backyard and get inside.

At the Triangle Pub, a popular restaurant and bar a few blocks from the crime scene, the break-in was the topic of the night.

"This stuff never happens around here," said Brendan Neary of Eastport. "Everybody knows everybody."

The case was reminiscent, in some aspects, to a Connecticut home invasion that led to the murders of three members of the Petit family in Cheshire in July 2007. During the ordeal, Jennifer Hawke-Petit withdrew money from her bank to appease intruders who ended up killing her and her two daughters. Her husband, who was savagely beaten and bound at the onset of the incident, survived the attack.

"It freaked me out," said bartender Joanne Ziminski. "When I heard about it I thought it was like that situation in Connecticut. This is scary. It doesn’t happen here."

Surviving Disasters – Surviving A Home Invasion !

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

This is a must see. Great show! Like a good boy scout, Always Be Prepared!

www.spike.com-home-invasion
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FBI 2008 CRIME REPORT

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

The latest edition of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 2008 Crime in the United States, published last month, offered the latest snapshot of the crime level in the U.S. While the numbers for violent crimes made some modest declines, the statistics on burglary illustrated more of a roller coaster effect.

The national rate for burglary in 2008 was 730.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. Total burglaries were 2, 222,196, up 2 percent from 2007 and up 3.6 percent over the five-year span dating back to 2004. The news was especially discouraging if you’re a homeowner, landlord or renter. Residences took a significant hit in 2008, burgled 1,562,976 times, up 5.4 percent from 2007 levels and accounted for 70.3 percent of all burglary offenses.

Interestingly, the largest increase in residential burglaries was those that occurred during the day. Daytime burglaries of residences jumped 8.3 percent, up to 805,193 from 738,654 in 2007. In comparison, residences were burglarized 437,007 times at night in 2008, an increase of just 3.5 percent from 2007.
“People aren’t home during the day,” said James Alan Fox, Lipman professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University, Boston, explaining the higher number of burglaries during the daylight hours. “You have single parents or two-career households; mom and dad are at work, the kids are at school, and nobody’s home.

“During the day, it may be easier to see, but it’s also easier for the burglar to identify a target. No car in the driveway; ring the doorbell and no one answers. They may even have a phone number and try to call,” Fox added. “If they get the answering machine that says no one’s available, their first thought isn’t going to be that someone might just be in the bathroom.”

Fox also suggested that people might not to set the alarm during the day. He said many are more likely to activate an alarm at night to prevent burglary or an attack, but in the daytime they may be too rushed or too indifferent to activate it.

Fox also suggested that people might not to set the alarm during the day. He said many are more likely to activate an alarm at night to prevent burglary or an attack, but in the daytime they may be too rushed or too indifferent to activate it.
“We know that homes that are protected (by a security system) are much less likely to be broken into than a home that doesn’t have any visible sign of a security-type system,” said Jon Sargent, past president of the California Alarm Association. “I think homes with other forms of protection, even something as simple as a dog or some indication that they have some type of camera system, they’re less likely [to be targeted].”

Not all of the news from the report was bad, however. Burglaries of nonresidential buildings such as stores and offices fell 5.9 percent from 2007 to 2008. Daytime incidents were down 2 percent, while nighttime burglaries fell 6 percent; the five-year trend in nighttime burglaries fell more than 10 percent.
“Security measures in a commercial establishment may seem better than what people have in their homes, as perceived by the burglar,” Fox said. “It may be that the commercial establishment has better resources, or may put greater resources into it — whether it be a guard service or an alarm system — than a private residence does.” Fox added that, as the economy has struggled, residents may have chosen to cut back on their alarm systems.
The advancements in technology — and perhaps of more significance, the lowering of their cost — are at play in the decline of nonresidential burglaries, Sargent said. The affordability and ease of use of electronic protection systems has encouraged many users to add security systems to protect their properties.

“The proliferation and the advancement of camera systems, both with monitoring capabilities and others that are simply recording, could be playing a factor in that,” Sargent said. “People understand that there are more cameras everywhere these days.”

As for stolen property, not surprisingly, locally stolen motor vehicles topped the list. Jewelry and precious metals were next (excluding miscellaneous items at almost $3.8 billion) at $1.5 billion stolen, 4.3 percent recovered; followed by currency at nearly $1.2 billion stolen, 3.5 percent recovered.

The value of other common goods stolen: electronics — televisions, stereos, etc. — office equipment, and household goods totaled almost $2.2 billion.

BURGLARY

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Burglary
A female resident of Beacon Hill Drive in Stony Brook called at 3:25 pm May 27 to report that she just discovered her home had been burglarized by an unknown person. According to the complainant the break-in took place sometime over the past three hours.

A male resident of Sheep Pasture Road in East Setauket called at 8 am May 30 to report he discovered his rear window broken and house burglarized. Complainant stated that unknown intruders stole various pieces of electronic equipment in the burglary that took place sometime over the previous month.

A male resident of Cornwallis Drive in East Setauket called at 5:15 pm May 27 to report that a burglary just took place at his house. Complainant stated that an unknown person entered his home through the rear window and ransacked the house, taking various pieces of jewelry, silverware and electronic equipment before fleeing.