MAMARONECK, N.Y. After a town resident reported being robbed at gunpoint Jan. 17 on Glenn Road, many residents have been looking for answers. Wednesday night, three detectives with the Town of Mamaroneck Police Department answered some of those questions at a crime prevention workshop.
George Roniger, president of Larchmont's Garden Civic Association (GCA), was one of those residents, and spoke up at the Feb. 1 town board meeting to ask for such a forum. Together, with the town, the GCA hosted the workshop at the town VFW/senior center on 1288 Boston Post Road.
"They covered what's going on, what the police are doing and what we as residents can do," said Roniger, who was pleasantly surprised at how many people attended.
Detective Sgt. Matthew Mehlrose gave a presentation on how to stay safe , including: be aware of your surroundings and walk in groups on well-lit streets, have a neighbor collect your mail and other deliveries so as not to leave clues that you're away on a trip, use window and door alarms and illuminate your yard.
One tip Roniger said he will look into is keeping the front of his house well-lit and purchasing motion sensor lights for his home, among many others. Approximately 20 residents left with a packet containing a long list of those safety tips.
"I think there were so many great recommendations," said Nancy Seligson, town supervisor.
The Larchmont Police Department has been investigating a string of thefts that began in mid-December, none resulting in injuries, which Seligson and Melhrose clarified were not under their jurisdiction.
Since November 2011, the town has seen seven break-ins, two in 2012 and the one robbery Jan. 17, Mehlrose said. Altogether, there were 11 burglaries and two robberies in 2011, and 17 burglaries and five robberies in 2010. Of those, two in 2010 were at gunpoint and one was at gunpoint and one at knifepoint in 2011. Mehlrose pointed out that the overall number of robberies has actually decreased in that time.
The detectives stressed to residents how important it is to report anything out of the ordinary, even late at night. On their end, Mehlrose said they are conducting increased patrols of the area, following all leads and even going undercover. Mehlrose said he recently received a complaint about a suspicious looking car parked near her home, which was, in fact, an unmarked vehicle he used for a patrol.
The town is also talking with other jurisdictions, including Pelham and New Rochelle, which are also investigating armed robberies. Police believe the same suspect could be responsible for all of these incidents. A cash reward has been announced for up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of that suspect.
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