Things have been very bad in Breezy Point, the tight-knit blue collar beach community in Queens, since Hurricane Sandy hit almost a month ago. As if having their homes destroyed and their community devastated wasn't enough, Breezy Point residents have been facing a serious uptick in burglaries around the area. And they didn't even get a break over the Thanksgiving holiday: at least three homes were robbed between Wednesday and Thursday this week.
According to the Post, those burglaries included a home whose basement art and recording studios, as well as two cars, were lost to Sandy’s floodwaters. The thieves stole $400 in two change jars: “I’ve been putting my best efforts forward into putting my home back together and staying strong,” said the home’s owner, Robert Bainbridge. “This just adds insult to injury.” He added: “It’s a total lack of morals and ethics on their part...Whoever did this is not thinking, ‘This could happen to me.’ ”
Another woman whose home was broken into called it a “terrible violation.” The woman, who didn't want her name used, said thieves stole her husband’s collection of silver half-dollars, worth $25,000, and a pair of stolen watches with sentimental value. “I’m very uncomfortable. I don’t want them coming back here. All I wanted to do was come home,” she said. “We’ve lived here for 30 years, and nothing like this has ever happened.”
Overall, there were 14 home break-ins from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, compared with none a year before; in the 28 days before that, there were 48 burglaries, compared to only four reported in that time period last year.