LOWER EAST SIDE — A recent rash of car break-ins and burglaries has plagued Lower East Side drivers, with 10 reported incidents within the past three weeks alone, according to police.
The first reported break-in took place sometime between May 31 and June 2 in front of 264 E. Broadway, police said. The driver parked his car at around 9:30 a.m. on May 31 and returned at around 2 p.m. on June 2 to find a rear window broken and his $700 Dell laptop missing, police said.
On June 3 at around 9:30 p.m., a man parked his car in front of 166 Essex St. and returned at 12:15 a.m. the next morning to find the passenger side window smashed in and $2,950 worth of electronics stolen, including a Macbook Pro, police said.
On June 7 at around 7:30 p.m., a man parked his car in front of 52 Allen St. and returned just an hour later to find his rear passenger-side window had been smashed and $2,200 worth of belongings were gone, according to a police report.
A woman who left a rental car parked in front of 126 Ludlow St. on June 13 at around 7:50 p.m. came back the next day at 9:30 a.m. to find the rear passenger-side window broken and $840 worth of belongings gone, police said.
A woman who left her car parked in front of 95 Delancey St. on June 16 at 8 p.m. returned at 12:20 a.m. the following morning and found her rear passenger-side window was broken and $185 worth of belongings were missing from her car, authorities said.
Another woman who on June 16 parked her car in front of 73 Orchard St. at around 2:30 p.m. came back at 9:10 p.m. to find the rear driver-side window broken but no items missing from the car, police said.
A man who left his car parked in front of 128 E. Broadway between 9 p.m. on June 19 and 8 a.m. the next day discovered his rear passenger-side window smashed in, though no items were stolen from the car, according to authorities.
That same night, a woman left her car parked at the northwest corner of Columbia and Delancey streets between 10:30 p.m. and 8:10 a.m. came back to discover the driver-side window shattered and the steering wheel missing, according to a police report.
A man who parked his car on June 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Delancey and Willet streets returned at 12:45 a.m. the following morning to discover his vehicle had been beaten up — both side-view mirrors were smashed, the front windshield was broken, both tail lights were broken, the antenna was bent, and multiple scratches and dents covered the body of the car, according to a police report.
A man who left his car parked at 102 Norfolk St. for 17 minutes between 4:30 and 4:47 a.m. on June 21 came back to find it had been ransacked — the rear driver-side window was smashed in and $4,255 worth of belongings had been stolen, including a Lenovo laptop, police said.
The trend indicates a dramatic spike in vehicle break-ins in the area, police said.
No arrests have been made in relation to the incidents and the investigation is ongoing, according to authorities.