Four Wheels Stolen From New Jeep in East End

Vehicle owner concerned spree may develop as storm-ravaged residents buy new cars.

Four tires and rims were stolen off this  2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee on East Olive Street sometime on Sunday night or Monday morning.
Four tires and rims were stolen off this 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee on East Olive Street sometime on Sunday night or Monday morning.
This story was updated at 3:44 p.m on 11.27.12.

Mike, an East End resident for the past eight years, woke up Monday morning to find the wheels on his brand new jeep were gone.  

The suspects boldly jacked up his 2013 Grand Cherokee onto bricks and blocks that they took from his and a neighbor’s yard, removed the lug nuts and stole the brand new tires and rims while he vehicle was parked outside his home on East Olive Street.

“This is what’s going on in Long Beach now,” said Mike, who asked that his last name not be used for this story. “ … This was done in the middle of the night, and no one heard a thing.”

Mike’s previous vehicle, a 2005 Grand Cherokee, was totaled during Hurricane Sandy, and he purchased his new jeep on Nov. 9. He filed a report on the stolen wheels with the Long Beach Police Department and he looks to replace them with added security at his home. He’s concerned that this bold move may turn into a spree in the storm-ravaged city.

“The occurrence could become much more common in Long Beach since many people will be getting new cars,” Mike said.

LBPD spokesman Sgt. Eric Cregeen told Patch called Mike's case an isolated incident. "We haven't had any thefts of tires with the exception of that incident," he said. 
Brendan November 27, 2012 at 01:38 PM
There are an awful lot of gun owners in Long Beach. It would be a shame if one of them came upon this happening again and decided to make some perp-flavored swiss cheese, wouldn't it?
Tideline November 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Brendan, with the Kalachy verdict this week, that would not be a good idea. Better yet, would be to support those politicians who favor our commonsense second amendement rights. In the meantime, this is another example of why a video camera system around your house is rapidly becoming a necessity. Yo may have good neighbors, but they will not see all things, all the time. No, I am not in the video camera business, but will be getting estimates for my own system shortly. I actually contacted a vendor before the storm to get this done, and then I got side tracked.
Eddie November 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Just put cameras in my properties too, Tideline. With the Democrats bringing all the new Section 8 cases into Long Beach, crime is rising. Apply for your pistol permit and join the 55,000 Nassau residents who are licensed. Then at least you don't have to worry about a mutant attacking you, your home or your family.
Pat W. November 27, 2012 at 05:25 PM
The same kind of theft happened to friends of mine in Farmingdale last year. The police told her that it was happening all over Nassau County and the thieves could be there and gone in less than 5 minutes. They cruise neighborhoods in daylight looking for new cars, then come back at night. It isn't unique to Long Beach and probably wasn't a local person who did it.
Tideline November 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Eddie, you are ahead of me on the camera front. Camera installation is moving right to the top of the priority list. As for your other comments, I will say that we were extremely well prepared in all areas for the storm, this allowed me to go and help relatives, neighbors, friends, etc. with their roofing issues, trouble shooting generators, electrical and plumbing related issues. The calls for help were coming night and day. I found that most people were lacking tools, skills, or both, and were unable to solve problems with they ran into them. Adapting, overcoming and field expedient solutions to pressing problems, were foreign concepts to almost all I encountered. I think this event will change many people views on different things for many years to come. Some quit and fled, others perseveered, very few thrived.
Eddie November 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Great to hear you were prepared, Tideline. I like to think that I was too. We stayed behind here and kept our property and tenants property safe and secure. Our preparations saved us from flooding and great losses. We were blessed. We also learned a few things about this type of event. It would be interesting to perhaps compare our experiences and lessons learned.
Tideline November 27, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Eddie, the smart thing to do is to sit down when all dust has settles and conduct an AAR of things that went well, things that did not, things that need improvement, or that were not previously addressed, or even anticipated. I think a seminar/lecture held at the Library would be well attended, even if a professional gave it for an admittance fee. I would attend, even if I picked up one idea, it would be worth the price paid. If you would like to get together to do this, we could. I have had several people ask if I would give such a lecture. I now think that people are much more likely to go to the length of preparation that they now clearly understand they need to, if they wish to protect their loved ones, property and minimize their discomfort. I told anyone uniformed party that came to my door, that I don't care if the water, natural gas, power, phone or anything else is turned off, I don't need it and am not leaving regardless, I don't need, nor want their help, to include Emergency services. That is part of the deal to staying behind, you should not expect, nor need help from anyone or any Agency. Right now, I want a high mega pixel camera system installed, complete with I.R. License plate reader, 16 cameras in total, some analog high mega pixel cameras and some IR cameras, since most action will happen in low light. I am now looking into how to power this system when the power fails, since I feel that is the time it would be most needed. The mopes will see the cameras and likely move onto a softer target down the street.
Hamburger November 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
They come down to the west end a-tirestealin maybe a different outcome
Beachguy November 28, 2012 at 06:42 AM
They scout a neighborhood , pick out targeted cars and then jack them up on bricks, remove the lug nuts then return with a pickup, take off the tires and rims in seconds and are gone. Years ago I lived in RVC and came out in the morning and luckily noticed the lug nuts of all 4 wheels on the ground before I drove off. Seems the bad boys were interrupted in the middle of the night by a cop coming home and left mine and a few other cars up on the bricks before they could remove the tires. BTW - I'm told by a very reliable source that damaged cars from the NE are ending up in Texas, Florida etc and are being sold to unsuspecting people after thecars are gotten to where they are cleaned up and operable. Also, I've heard that scammers posing as contractors are asking people for $500 for materials on jobs they are supposed to start. Presto! They do a Houdini. So be careful everyone.
Mark November 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Eddie, Can you be more specific about more Section 8 housing coming to LB? I ask because I am contemplating building a new home and do not want to do so if what you say is true and could have negative effects on property values in the future. Thanks
paul.d.spellman November 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Mark, Here is a sight where you can see the increase over time http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/assthsg.html In 2004 they report 326 household in the voucher program and in 2009 (latest available) the number was up to 409. With the robustness of the economy the past 2 years it is unlikely that number decreased. With the current situation your first thought might be that section 8 rentals would increase but since they actually have standards that need to be inspected and met before a house is accepted to the program, that barrier may prevent many in LB from joining it in their current condition.
Seashell November 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM
We were told earlier in the year that section 8 housing is frozen in LB. There are supposedly a limited number of slots and our number has been reached. We'll see.
paul.d.spellman November 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
SS, Who told you that?
Taurus November 29, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Long Beach Housing Authority Section 8 (516) 889-1205 500 Centre St Long Beach, NY 11561
jimmy walsh December 01, 2012 at 11:00 PM
hopefully the state police will handle this because tangney cant solve anything he has trble with the kids word scramble in newsday
Beachguy December 02, 2012 at 06:40 AM
TILB I'm watching the news and all the channels are featuring the rehiring of the 5 firefighters laid off awhile back. It seems they are being funded with a grant that Schumer got that lasts two years. Everytime there is resistance to a tax, fare , toll increase etc., in NYC they threaten to close down firehouses. This, of course, causes an uproar and concern and in this insidious way the pols get what they want. When one considers all The waste, mismanagement, ineptitude , lackadaisical attitudes, malfeasance, thievery, hiring practices that border on the criminal and how much money all of this costs it's just another outrage. Before Sandy LB was on the ropes and 10 million in the hole due to all of the above. Hopefully at this time of crisis some altruistic individuals will step forward , take control of the city and get things running correctly. What happened to the stolen $20,000 beach receipts? I guess the case will be forgotten in the aftermath of Sandy. TILB
Beachguy December 02, 2012 at 06:42 AM
BTW-- what is status of Fagens case?
Eddie December 02, 2012 at 07:49 AM
With the influx of FEMA money, expect to see Long Beach Democrats go on a hiring spree of new appointed positions. Perhaps a "Disaster Czar?" Great position for Tangney's wife. Save money? Never! Balance the budget? Never! Expect a hiring spree and more stupid comments from Torres about Long Beach becoming a "superfund site," the beach sand being polluted, etc. This town really cries out for some professional leadership.
Beachguy December 02, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I'm not going to get involved in a stupid argument with PDS ,because thatsPretty Damn Stupid, about the sand being dumped here but we can expect to have all kinds of money dumped here now with little or no say onhow the money will be spent. It will be a field day for the pols and the hangers on.


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