Another burglary took place in Greenacres this week – but unlike the previous incidents, this time the residents were at home and asleep upstairs. Fairview Road residents went to bed just after midnight on 1/12, leaving an iPhone, iPod and Nintendo 3DS charging in the kitchen. When the homeowner awoke at 6 am the following morning she found the back door open and the three items gone. She also noted that $100 in cash was taken from her purse that was in the living room, though nothing else was missing from her wallet or bag. Family members did not hear anyone during the night but they did find that a basement window had been pushed open. Scarsdale10583.com asked Scarsdale Police Detective Thomas Altizio for a comment on the burglary and here is what he shared. "The Fairview Road burglary was the first one that had occupants in the residence. I think this latest burglary should emphasize to residents the importance of effectively securing doors and windows, and utilizing burglar alarm systems, even when home. As far as the police department’s response, we have, and will continue to increase both marked and unmarked plain clothes patrols in the Greenacres area. We are continuing to utilize our license plate reader in the area, and have begun sending officers door to door in certain areas to personally advise residents on crime prevention and encourage a heightened level of awareness, and encouraging residents to notify the police of any suspicious activity."
Car break-in at SHS: A teacher at SHS reported that his car was vandalized when it was parked at SHS on the afternoon of January 11. The driver’s side passenger window was broken and his laptop computer, personal papers and two pairs of eyeglasses were taken. At the time, the SHS basketball team was playing a game against Mt. Vernon in the SHS gym.
Unwanted Visitor: Casey Jay Bennett of Jamaica Queens was arrested for trespassing, mischief and harassment when he appeared at an Old Lyme Road home at 6:40 am on January 15 and forced his way in. He kicked in the side door of the house and grabbed the 63 year-old man who lives at the home and threw him to the ground. The Scarsdale man told police that he sometimes gives Bennett money for medicine, but that Bennett had failed to show up at the appointed time and place the previous night to get the money. Instead Bennett came to the man’s home in Scarsdale the following morning. The taxi driver who brought Bennett to the house called police when he saw Bennett banging on the door. Bennett twisted his ankle in the altercation. After he was arrested he complained of pain and was taken to White Plains Hospital for treatment and ultimately was sent to the Westchester County Jail where he was held. Bail was set at $1,500.
Paparazzi: On January 12, a photographer from the NY Post was found outside 15 Heathcote Road trying to get a photo of a celebrity. Presumably he was trying to get a photo of Beyonce and Jay-Z who were rumored to have moved there. However the photographer was informed that they do not live there and he left.
Missing: A subcontractor for Con Ed who was working on Dolma Road had his $2,000 Subsite Transmitter stolen on the afternoon of 1/9. The contractor was marking gas lines on Dolma Road and used the transmitter to identify underground lines. When the man completed his work on Dolma he inadvertently left the transmitter on the site. When he returned two hours later, it was gone.
Pothole: A New Rochelle woman damaged the tire of her 2008 Mazda when she drove through a pothole at the intersection of Mamaroneck Road and the Hutchinson River Parkway on the night of January 9,2012.The tire was damaged and punctured.
Death: Boris Gueft, age 95, passed away at his home on Vanderbilt Avenue on the morning of January 10. His home care provider was with him when he passed away. Gueft suffered from liver cancer.
Identity Theft: On January 10 a Bell Road woman reported that $800 had been withdrawn from her account at an ATM machine at an HSBC Bank on Canal Street in New York. The woman said that no one had her PIN number or her debit card.
A Haverford Road woman reported that her 7 year-old daughter received an email from Western Union confirming a payment to a natural gas company on January 10th. The woman was concerned that someone had used her daughter’s identity to secure credit.
Graffiti was found on the Verizon building on Locust Lane on 1/9/12. The graffiti appeared to say “POES.”
On 1/19, a Heathcote Road woman called to complain that her neighbor’s front yard was filled with garbage. Police went to the home and the homeowner claimed that the garbage was items damaged by flooding. She said her insurance company had instructed her to keep the items until the claim was settled. Police asked her to move her property inside her garage.
Man in Backyard: At 5:30 pm on 1/10, a Ferncliff Road resident called police when she found a man wearing a gray hoodie, wrapped in a blanket and under a tarp in her yard. When police arrived the man was gone.
Drunk: Around 9 pm on 1/11, a police officer found a man walking unsteadily in the northbound lane of Post Road near Fenimore Road. Police stopped the man who said he was homeless and intoxicated and identified himself as Patrick M. Blount. He said he was currently staying at a shelter in White Plains and he was transported to the shelter.
Kids! On Saturday night January 14 police received two complaints about kids ringing home doorbells and then running away. The first incident was on Brewster Road and the second was on Overlook. Police found the kids on Overlook and they admitted to ringing the doorbells. Police called their parents who picked them up.
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