Sept. 9, 2013 By Christian Murray
The police believe that they have nabbed a man responsible for a large number of neighborhood auto break-ins.
Long Island City—from Court Square through Hunters Point—has been subject to about 60 auto break-ins in recent months, according to Captain Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer of the 108 police precinct. However, an August 24 bust has brought that spike to a halt, he said.
One victim, in an e-mail, wrote about an August 19 incident by his building. “My car, along with two others on my block (44th Dr between 21st and 23rd Streets) was burglarized. The thief smashed our windows, ransacked our car interiors and took whatever items of value he/she could find.”
But around the time of that break-in, the police were able to get their hands on some video evidence taken from the rooftop of a building on 44th Drive (between 21st and 23rd Streets). While the video was grainy, the police were able to get a bit of an outline of who the perpetrator was and how he broke into the vehicles.
Hennessy said the police caught the perpetrator breaking into the cars by wrapping his fist up in clothing and punching the windows.
They arrested Rafael Medina, a 45-year-old from the Bronx, who was out on parole when he was busted. He is back in prison.