July 24, 2014 By Christian Murray
A number of Long Island City business owners will be holding a meeting Tuesday to address the rash of burglaries that have taken place on Vernon Boulevard in the past month.
The meeting will be held at Manducatis Rustica, which was one of three restaurants on Vernon Blvd. that were broken into in recent weeks. While the event is open to the public, the goal is to focus on how small businesses can band together to prevent additional break-ins.
Between June 22 and July 4, Manducatis Rustica, Woodbines and LIC Bar were all broken into by a thief who used a brick to smash through the front or side window to gain entry (click for details). While a sketch of the perpetrator has been circulated, no arrests have been made.
Rebecca Trent, who is the founder of LIC Eateries, is helping to put together the event. She said Captain Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer of the 108 Police Precinct, will be in attendance to provide attendees with all the details on the burglaries–as well as to offer feedback and suggestions.
Trent said the incidents are particularly alarming. She said that Long Island City is largely comprised of small business owners who don’t have a lot of money to spend on new windows and computers.
“I have encouraged all the restaurants to come out and I am hoping for a significant turnout,” Trent said.
Gianna Cerbone Teoli, owner of Manducatis Rustica, said the aim is to make people more aware of the current problem and for business owners to discuss their security concerns.
Location: Manducatis Rustica
Time: 6:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, July 29