Queens Man Arrested in Flat-Tire Scheme Thefts

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    Police say they've arrested a suspect in a string of thefts across Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn in which drivers with flat tires had property was taken from inside their cars. 

    A 50-year-old College Point man was charged with grand larceny in four of the 16 reported thefts. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

    Thieves Use Flat Tire Scheme to Target Drivers

    [NY] Thieves Use Flat Tire Scheme to Target Drivers
    Police are searching for several suspects in a series of robberies across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Working together, one suspect offers to fix a driver's flat tire while the other goes inside the vehicle and takes the victim's personal belongings. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. (Published Monday, April 1, 2013)

    Police are continuing to investigate. There were three initial suspects in the thefts dating back to August. Police said one of them usually pretended to fix a flat tire for a driver while another goes inside the car to take the driver's belongings, police said. 

    The majority of the drivers were targeted in Queens, but the scheme expanded to Manhattan and Brooklyn in the last month, according to police.

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