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Solving Old Village Home Burglaries

Following on the heels of a spate of recent burglaries in the Village of Great Neck, yet another home burglary was reported in the early morning hours of last Tuesday, Jan. 12. Nassau County Police report that a Berkshire Road home was burglarized, shortly after midnight, after a suspect entered the home while the homeowner was present. Cash was reportedly taken.

Det./Lt. Kevin Smith, from Nassau County Police Department headquarters in Mineola, told the Great Neck Record that an “undisclosed” amount of cash was taken. Det./Lt. Smith also told the Record that the victim, the homeowner, claimed to have had a “long fight with the attacker.”

Village of Great Neck Trustee Mark Birnbaum, the village’s public safety officer, told the Record that he, and other village officials, “work daily with the police to educate residents and to assure that we get the maximum amount of police protection available.”

Mr. Birnbaum also said that the village is is working diligently to stop any further incidents. There are regular meetings and daily briefings. Police protection has been stepped up, with extra patrols.

In last week’s issue of the Record (Jan. 14, page one, “Burglaries in the Old Village”) Sixth Precinct Inspector Steven Williams, precinct commanding officer, reported that he had met with Old Village residents in response to concerns over the recent rash of burglaries. Inspector Williams had stated that there had been a rise in burglaries not just in Great Neck, but throughout Nassau County. He emphasized that residents should not hesitate to call 911 for any emergencies and if they witness anything suspicious. “If you see something, say something,” he firmly stated.

At press time, police were still investigating the incident and, according to Det./Lt. Smith, police were still investigating the claims of the homeowner.