.

Merrick Car Intruder Caught on Video

The incident took place at on Elliot Place in North Merrick.

A man was spotted on camera breaking into a vehicle on Elliot Place in North Merrick.

A New York City Police officer from Merrick spotted the suspect while going through footage from his his home security system. He asked to remain anonymous.

In the video, a white male is seen checking the doors of the black vehicle before he was able to gain entry. According to the officer, the suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall in his early-to-mid 20s.

The police officer offered the following tips for local residents to prevent future incidents.

  1. Obviously do not leave your car unlocked.
  2. Do not leave your GPS attached to the window, and if you use a suction to the windshield then wipe off the circle that it leaves behind when you take it off. In my experience, perps use that to tell whether or not you have one and most of the time people put it in their glove compartments.
  3. Perps like to lurk in the dark so by leaving a front light on it might deter them from showing themselves.
  4. Do not approach someone you suspect of breaking in your car because you never know what they carry on them. If you catch someone try and get a good description of them and call 911. The best description the police can use is race and clothing description.
  5. Even if nothing was taken and you suspect someone might have broken into your, car call the police. You never know if they are looking for someone and it can help solve a pattern of crimes in the area.

Are you concerned about car break-ins around Merrick? Tell us in the comments.

Let Patch save you time. Get local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.

Alison Giangregorio August 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Our car was broken into friends of our heard that a person was arrested I called the police department they were not able to find record of the arrest . Make sure you have the serial numbers to your gps and other electronic equipment!
paul August 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Obviously do not leave your car unlocked. How true. To many Long Islanders still say oh my you mean I now have to lock my front door....
Michael Ganci (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Thanks for the tip Alison! MG
Jill karma August 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Grew up in Forest Hills Queens, everyday windows were broken in the best neighborhoods, never thought much about it here in Merrick... 20 yrs here
Bobbie Peters August 28, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Grew up in Seaford - all my life I have locked the door. Not because we were afraid of being robbed - just to get a good nights sleep. All houses make strange sounds - we didn't want to lie in bed thinking was that normal, or is someone downstairs? If we know the door (and windows) are locked, I can tune it out. I slept through the neighbors chasing down someone stealing from cars (I guess the fireman doesn't lock his car) at 5AM. Steal my maps and pens. Leave my family alone.
Mattyboy September 18, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Our vehicle was broken into last night. Gps and charger and I phone charger were stolen. The contents of my glove box and arm console were dumped onto the front seat of my car. @ Alison : I called Tom Tom and they said there is no way to track the gps even with the serial number (which I have ) The 1st precinct responded a report was filled out and they just explained that there wasn't much they could do..... Neighbors car was burglarized last month. So frustrated.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something