Thieves Step Up Targeting Bronx Neighborhood For Car Parts


CLOSER TO HOMES, AND WE DIDN’T HAVE TO GO TOO FAR TODAY TO FIND THE LATEST VICTIM. A SNOW-COVERED CAR WITH A SHATTERED WINDOW, SPOTTED THIS MORNING ON THE HENRY HUDSON SERVICE ROAD NEAR 246TH STREET. IT IS ONE OF MANY SIGHTINGS RESIDENTS IN RIVERDALE SAY IS BECOMING ALL TOO COMMON. WHEN I GO OUT IN THE MORNING YOU SEE GLASS ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND IT IS FREQUENT. I MEAN THEY STEAL THE TIRES, THEY STEAL THE DOORS. Reporter: ALL FOUR DOORS RIPPED RIGHT OFF A NISSAN ALTIMA LAST WEEK. THE CAR WAS PARKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS APARTMENT BUILDING. THAT TELLS ME THEY ARE PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR PARTS. Reporter: EVERYTHING FROM RIMS TO TIRES. PAM SAID THIEVES TRIED TO STEAL A NEIGHBOR’S WHEELS. WHILE SHE GOT ON THE HIGHWAY SOMEONE STOPPED HER AND TOLD HER ALL HER WHEELS WERE WOBBLING. THEY TRIED TO STEAL HER TIRES BUT SOMEONE CAME ALONG. Reporter: THEY APPEAR TO TARGET NEWER VEHICLES AND EVEN THOSE PARKED IN A PERSONAL DRIVEWAY. SOME RESIDENTS SAY RECENTLY MORE STREETLIGHTS WERE PUT IN, BUT THEY ARE ASKING FOR MORE PATROLS. WE ARE ASKING THEM TO JUST ALLOCATE SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES UP HERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Reporter: THE NYPD TELLS US THE 50TH PRECINCT HAS INCREASED MORE PATROLS OF MARKED AND UNMARKED CARS, AND THIS YEAR THEY HAVE MADE MORE THAN 40 ARRESTS. MEANTIME RESIDENTS TELL ME THEY WILL BE PARKING IN A GARAGE AND