QUEENS — Amid a recent burglary spree in Forest Hills, in which a band of thieves broke into homes and stole jewels, cops will hold a special meeting April 2, to give people tips to prevent break-ins, the authorities announced.
“Everyone should try to attend to learn what they can do to protect their property,” said Heidi Harrison Chain, president of the 112th Precinct Community Council. “In addition, as a community people can learn to protect each other by reporting anything suspicious that they see.”
The burglary spree began Feb. 22. Since then the neighborhood has seen 9 break-ins that occurred in Forest Hills Gardens, between Metropolitan Avenue and Fleet Street and between 69th and Continental avenues, the police said.
Thieves targeted mostly jewelry and other items that could not be tracked, leaving behind things like iPads or laptops, said Capt. Thomas Conforti, who oversees the 112th Precinct, covering Forest Hills and Rego Park.
At a community council meeting earlier this week, Conforti described one of the suspects as a man in his mid 30s, about 6-ft tall and wearing a green hoodie during one of the break-ins.
"I hope everyone takes the opportunity to attend [the meeting]," Chain said. “People will be able to have their questions answered.”
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy church at 70-01 Kessel St. in Forest Hills.