Residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood suffering through a rash of car break-ins targeting pricey navigation systems can rest easy – the bad guys were caught by a cop who was late to work.
The suspects were carrying burglary tools, including screwdrivers and hammers.
“All three were working on the car together,” said an NYPD spokesman. “A guy late to our patrol saw them in action.”
Windsor Terrace has had an unusual numbers of cars break-ins in recent weeks as thieves recklessly smashed car windows in search of global positioning system, or GPS, devices.
Residents said as many as 30 cars were broken into. Cops said they had reports of 11 break-ins.
“We actually put a sign in our window after the first break-in that read ‘No GPS Inside,’ but we lost it. Once it was gone, they hit us again.”
Herrick, a nursery school administrator, said in each incident, her passenger-side window was smashed by thieves who ripped through her car looking for a GPS device, which bring upwards of $150 apiece on the black market.
Though she removed her GPS in both cases, Herrick forgot to remove the suction cup from her dashboard – which is a telltale sign for burglars looking to snag one of the hottest consumer electronic items in the country.
NYPD recommends removing any evidence of GPS systems from cars to deter thieves. Along with removing suction cups, experts recommend wiping away the ring they leave.
“We were stupid,” admitted Herrick. “We just forgot to take down the mount for our GPS.”
The car robberies are the latest crimes to rock the usually quiet neighborhood.
Residents were stunned in May when dry cleaner Kyong-Sook Woo was found murdered in the bathroom of her business on 10th Ave. Cops arrested a career criminal in the murder.
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