They say not to leave anything in your car when it’s parked on the street — and that’s for good reason.
One man parked his black Honda Pilot on University Avenue and Reservoir Avenue at around 10 p.m., on July 16, police said, intending to leave it there overnight. When he returned the next afternoon, he found not all was well.
Someone had broken the front passenger-side window, stealing more than $1,500 worth of his stuff, including a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, a pair of Air Jordan sneakers, Nike shorts, a T-shirt, and a pair of knee braces.
There were no witnesses or cameras, police said, yet detectives continue to investigate.
It’s the 50th Precinct’s favorite crime, and it seems it’s back in action: A little criminal mischief when someone shatters your car windows, but leaves everything in place inside.
It happened to one woman on the evening of July 12 after parking her 2017 Honda outside the 4400 block of Henry Hudson Parkway. When she returned a few hours later, she found the back passenger-side window had been shattered, but nothing had been stolen from inside — it was unclear if there was nothing in the car worth taking, or if it had just been left behind.
Even without a theft, the woman valued the damage to the window at more than $250, police said. No cameras captured the incident.
It appears to be a spate of shattered passenger-side windows, and nobody is safe.
One recent victim is the owner of a 2017 Toyota, parked along the 3500 block of Henry Hudson Parkway on the night of July 14.
The owner returned the next day to find the front passenger window broken, but nothing stolen from inside the car. Police said there were no cameras in the area, leaving them and the owner of the car in the dark.
The case remains open.
A man’s attempt at a nice evening walk ended in annoyance when he returned to his vehicle, parked on the corner of Sedgwick Avenue and West 235th Street.
It was around 10 p.m., on July 11, when he went for a walk around the neighborhood with a friend.
When he returned later that evening, he found the passenger-side window had been shattered.
The broken window allowed the intruder to help themselves to the man’s wallet, which was holding his Chase debit card, a house key, his work ID card, and a MetroCard, which had about $110 left on it — around 40 trips on the subway.
There were no witnesses, and it was unclear to police if any nearby cameras had caught the thief on film.
The case remains open.