Nassau County Police reported a wave of shopping-related crimes in the past week as the holiday season gets in full swing.
Crowded stores and parked cars appeared to be the target of thieves, particularly in Hicksville, crime reports show. Personal items were reported stolen from the North Ritz Club in Syosset and the Syosset Lanes among other local establishments.
Meanwhile, the wave of burglaries in according to police reports. Another four were reported in the Plainview and Old Bethpage area in the last week.
That figure is in addition to the 20 break-ins reported during the previous week in the Second Precinct. More than half of those were reported in Plainview and Old Bethpage.
The sudden rash of incidents corresponds like to the early onset of darkness. Similar strings of burglaries have taken place for the last two years in a row in the fall, right about the time we change back to Standard Time.
Two of the four burglaries this week appeared to have occurred just after dusk, police reports show.
The Second Precinct reported the following crimes:
- Dec. 5: Grand larceny; Macy's, Hicksville; wristlet, bag, credit card stolen.
- Dec. 6: Burglary; Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage; two pocketbooks stolen.
- Dec. 7: Burglary; Glen Drive, Plainview; two diamond rings, Christmas presents stolen.
- Dec. 7: Burglary; Parkway Drive, Plainview; Christmas presents, assorted jewelry stolen.
- Dec. 7: Burglary; Nautilus Avenue, Plainvew; metal safe containing passport, papers and assorted jewelry stolen.
- Dec. 10: Robbery; Baskin Robbins, Syosset; Sneakers, Iphone taken.
- Dec. 6: Grand larceny; Kay Jewelers, Hicksville; two diamond engagement rings stolen.
- Dec. 6: Grand larceny; Ikea, Hicksville; handbag removed from cart.
- Dec. 7: Grand larceny; TJMaxx, Hicksville; wallet stolen.
- Dec. 8: Grand larceny; Madison Salon, Woodbury; wallet, credit cards stolen.
- Dec. 9: Grand larceny; Syosset Lanes; gold club/Ipad stolen.
- Dec. 9: Grand larceny; North Ritz Club, Syosset; wallets, cash stolen from two autos.
- Dec. 11: Grand larceny; Lab Corp., Hicksville; Coach Pocketbook, cash stolen.
- Dec. 8: Petit larceny; Radcliff Road, Plainview; cash stolen from auto.
- Dec. 9: Petit larceny; Woodbury Farms Road, cash, items stolen from two cars.
- Dec. 10: Criminal mischief; Relda Street, Plainview; unknown substance poured on vehicle.
- Dec. 11: Petit larceny; St. Mark's Coptic Church, Woodbury; leather jacket stolen from car.
- Dec. 8: Grand larceny; Sports Hub, Syosset; Auto stolen.