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70th cops have crime on the run

While felony crime continues to drop in Flatbush, the commanding officer of the 70th Precinct is vowing that now is not the time to rest.

Major crime consisting of murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and auto theft is down a little over 22 percent for the year so far.

Leading the drop is robbery, which has fallen 38 percent with 118 reported incidents so far this year as compared to 189 at this time in 2008.

“A lot of the credit for this decrease goes to the hard work of our anti−crime and youth officers as a good portion or our robberies are from young adults,” said Dep. Inspector Ralph Monteforte, explaining that many robberies come through the taking of small electronic equipment.

Also seeing a large decrease is felony assault, which is down over 27 percent with 98 incidents reported so far in 2009 as compared to 135 at this time last year.

Burglary is down more than 16 percent with 122 reported incidents so far this year as compared to 146 at this time in 2008.

Grand larceny is down about 18 percent with 240 incidents so far in 2009 as compared to 291 at this time last year.

There have been five reported rapes so far this year compared to 15 at this time last year, and murder is even with three so far this year and three at this time last year.

The last murder in the precinct occurred in the early−morning hours of May 17 when a man was shot multiple times outside the deli on the corner of Church Avenue and East 18th Street.

Monteforte said the case remains open, but detectives have some leads.

Monteforte said gun arrests are also about even, with 27 last year at this time and 28 so far this year.

There have been nine shootings so far this year as compared to seven at this time last year.

Auto theft is the only major felony crime up for the year in the precinct. There have been 69 reported incidents so far in 2009 as compared to 61 at this time last year.

Monteforte said the precinct is averaging about four stolen cars a week with no clusters or trends.

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