UPDATE: Home Invasion Puts Residents Without Power on High Alert

Shots fired as residents confront perp inside the home.

Police report a home invasion on Third Street Thursday night.
Police report a home invasion on Third Street Thursday night.
Update: The following message was posted on the village's website at 3:59 p.m. Friday:

On Thursday evening, November 8th, four Garden City homes within the Central Section were burglarized. One was an occupied burglary where a weapon was displayed and shots fired into the ceiling. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The prior evening, a similar occupied burglary occurred within the Cathedral Gardens Section of the Village of Hempstead. Proceeds of the Garden City and Hempstead burglaries included vehicles which have been recovered in Hempstead.

The Garden City Police Department is coordinating a task force with the Nassau County Police Department and other neighboring law enforcement agencies to apprehend the perpetrator who is described as a male black or Hispanic with a goatee, medium height and weight.

Protective police patrols will be increased within the village until the perpetrator is apprehended.

Residents are urged to immediately report anything that they feel is of a suspicious nature to the Garden City Police Department at 911.

Original Story: A home invasion on Third Street Thursday night has residents on edge, especially those still without power because of Hurricane Sandy.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. a subject armed with a gun entered a Third Street home and was confronted by a resident. Another family member upstairs heard the commotion. Police report two shots were fired into the ceiling during the incident.

The subject fled the area with many items, including the family's car.

Police are also reporting that two unoccupied burglaries also took place on Third Street Thursday night. Officers discovered the burglaries during a canvas of the area, police commissioner Kenneth Jackson told Patch Friday.

The Third Street home invasion is similar to the occupied home invasion on Bedell Avenue in Hempstead Village the night prior, police said, in which the subject tied the residents up and burglarized the home.

Jackson said village police are working closely with Hempstead Village and Nassau County police to remain proactive during continued power outages as a result of Hurricane Sandy and most recently Wednesday's Nor'easter.

Jackson said the department is also working with LIPA to get the village restored as soon as possible.

Marie Ilardi November 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Also last night, suspicious vehicle parked outside my home on Meadow Street. Evening, female dispatcher seemed to think it was a "Facebook rumor" and said she hadn't heard of ANY home invasion reports. My parents, staying with us, left to check on their house on Willow and passed the same vehicle. Driver appeared to be a white male, hood from hoodie pulled up. Passenger was also in hoodie, and ski mask over face. Parents got the plate number and met a cruiser on Pine St. and Tremont. I wonder if these stories count as "confirmation".
Washington Ave. November 09, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I was told a family had to lock themselves in their boiler room and wait for the robbers to leave....scary times!!
GCfamily November 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I hope GCPD is out patrolling the streets all across town in full force!
Washington Ave. November 09, 2012 at 02:11 PM
who did the shooting? the bad guy or homeowner?
GcSupporter#2 November 09, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Extremely irresponsible of the village and GCPD about the home invasion on bedell a day earlier. They could have released an alert five different ways warning residents of the situation. The homeowners who happened upon the home invaders I am sure would have proceeded differently had they known about a near by home invasion. Thank god they weren't murdered. Why no information from GCPD on this? No leadership anywhere on this island.
Carisa Giardino (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Washington Ave., the perp's gun went off during the commotion.
Daniel Purnhagen November 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Hi can you confirm the robbery previously was on Bedell St and not Bedell Av. Bedell Av is directly off of first street and starts in Garden City and is more of a residential area then Bedell St which is mostly apts and off of Atlantic Ave.
GcSupporter#2 November 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Bedell ave by Cynthia ct I believe. Call the GCPD and ask if they will released the information. Why are residents not ending alerted???
Carisa Giardino (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Daniel, it is Bedell Ave - not Bedell St. GcSupporter#2 is right, the home is near Cynthia Court in Hempstead Village. I am adding a map.
Daniel Purnhagen November 09, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Thanks Carissa, no need for the map as I live on Bedell Ave...Checking into this I also just heard their was one of St Pauls Rd which is around the block from Cytnhia.
Lawrence Brown November 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM
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GcSupporter November 09, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Well during power outage a great way to get immediate information is via the Internet. Most people have smartphones these days and car chargers. It's a shame that residents weren't warned to take appropriate precautions on such sites as this. I don't blame patch. I blame our mayor and his constituents.
John Newcomb November 09, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I am concerned for those, like us, that have had to leave the Village to spend time with relatives, given the continued power outage. I am gravely concerned and are considering returning home to protect our property.
Beth Egan Pughe November 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I haven't seen ANY police patrolling our area at all since the hurricane! Not a single cop car!!
Sean Ryker November 09, 2012 at 06:53 PM
How could that happen between our own village PD and LIPA working "24/7" in our town to restore power
Marypizzingrillo November 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
This is getting nuts. Where was our well compensated police department on these evenings AND at street crossings? Why are they NOT directing traffic?????
BDavis November 09, 2012 at 09:35 PM
My parents are one of the victims whose house was invaded on Third Street. The suspect broke a window and door in the back of the house, ransacked the entire house, but took very little. We have been told that police will patrol the street, but had we known that invasions were occurring, we may have tried to be better protected. We are thankful that my parents were not there, especially since the invader had a gun and seemed to be unbalanced.
Gcity November 09, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I am confused as to the attack on the police department. They are out responding to calls 24/7 and patrolling neighborhoods. There are so many houses still without power it would be impossible to sit on just one block without power. Why don't we blame the criminal involved or LIPA for leaving us all in the dark and unprotected for so long.
Marypizzingrillo November 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Agreed LIPA is a disaster and needs to be dealt with by our governor Its a monopoly and needs to be reconstructed to put it nicely. As far as police presence, in times of crisis, I would like to see them out and about more. May not deter everything, but may on some levels. I was more confused as to why 24 hours after the storm, when traffic signals were out, and still out, That we didn't see them directing traffic at the intersections.
LawnGuylandah November 10, 2012 at 09:05 AM
sounds like a good time to start a neighborhood watch program.
Lurman November 10, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Its time to vent . . . Lets see, there are x# cops and 30 dangerous intersections X 3 shifts a day. So if we put a cop at every dangerous intersection we would have no cops for emergencies . . . WHY DON'T MORE RESIDENTS VOLUNTEER FOR THE GD AUXILIARY POLICE AND FILL IN BY DIRECTING TRAFFIC AT INTERSECTIONS. YOU ARE NEEDED. Hmmmmm . . . "DICKS sells 12 gauge shotguns with pistol grips and boxes of shells," is what a neighbor told me. Yeah, so an untrained homeowner can have a robber turn it on him. Get real. We don't have power. Big deal. Go to Oceanside, Long Beach, Massapequa, Freeport, Lindenhurst where it doesn't matter if they have power because they don't have HOUSES and they have residual human waste on their property. Get a scanner app and listen in on GCPD. Call after call after call after call . . . from our neighbors complaining about the tree limb and the dirty streets. Yup, send a cop to check on a tree limb -ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY - when he was on patrol on a dark street. Yeah, it really happens. The fat overpaid lazy cops who sleep all day are the ones who bring our neighbors back to life with their EMT training, pull over the drivers with no licenses and Warrants, respond in 2 minutes or less when you are in trouble, enter your dark house with the open door before they let you go in in to protect you from whatever is lurking inside . . . and yes, keep an eye out for the white Maltese that escaped from your yard. Shame on you - Don't you dare put them anywhere near the level of the incompetent morons who run LIPA. And thank God we have such proactive Trustees and Village Staff for the job they have done with the Hurricane and Nor'easter. Trucks full of logs and debris were magically converted to plows and sand spreaders when the double whammy hit, then they went back to tree haulers. This doesn't take coordination and skilled leadership? AND THEY HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THE SAME BULLCRAP THAT LIPA IS FEEDING ALL OF US. LIPA TREATS US ALL THE SAME, MUNICIPALITIES AND PRIVATE CITIZENS. It's not our Village you should vent about. I HAVE NO INTENTION OF PAYING MY LIPA BILL UNTIL THEY CAN GUARANTEE SERVICE. WHAT CAN THEY DO, TURN OFF MY POWER? HEY, THEY DID THAT ALREADY!
M Thompson November 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Well said Lurman! Being born and raised I this village, this is a major event that has been trying on all of us. GCPD has not failed us, LIPA has. People complaining about GCPD and our traffic lights? They are four way stops! Are you stopping? Go donate your time in Long Beach, Oceanside, Breezy etc. to people who have lost everything! Not the traffic light on Stewart! People bitching about our police? Those people should volunteer for the Auxiliary PD! They are probably the ones flying through intersections on Stewart, Franklin, Washington, and Clinton, while on their cellphone ordering a 6 foot hero for their lunch from 7th St. To question our police, they should be embarrassed of themselves. They help our elderly, our children, our neighbors, our commerce, our village! Every traffic stop they make, could be their last. Every house call could be their last. The comment Lurman made about the police going into your house to make sure its safe for you and you family? 100% truth. People show their true colors when times are tough. Blame LIPA, not the people who you've called before about a strange car, the smell of gas, high school kids drinking in your neighborhood, your cat Muffin stuck in a tree, etc. Be thankful for what you have, our family, the roof over your head, and the people we have to protect and serve you! Oh yeah, and call LIPA and rip them a new one. I just got power this am! Hoping all reading this, are safe.
John Newcomb November 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Thompson is correct. We are privileged to have our own police departmentthey do a great job and deserve praise and gratitude. Its LIPA who has failed us.
GC resident November 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The Garden City Police Department is one of the best police departments I have ever dealt with. They are responsive and most officers are kind and pleasant. However, it puzzles me that those of use living in the crime-prone areas (Meadow St, lower numbered streets, etc) weren't alerted that these crimes were taking place BEFORE I heard it from a relative in Baiting Hollow?!!
GcSupporter#2 November 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I think some of you are missing the point. We do not expect the GCPD to be guarding every door. What we do expect is an honest flow of information. Why were they so reluctant to release the information we still do not know how many homes have been broken into or invaded. After the home on bedell ave was invaded at gunpoint GC residents should have been aware. A simple tweet, facebook message or post on the village website or one like this would have helped. Residents could be on alert and cautious. Why are they trying to downplay what is going on oh there.
Carisa Giardino (Editor) November 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Police released a mug shot of the suspect, who's considered "armed and dangerous" - http://gardencity.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/police-home-invasion-suspect-armed-and-dangerous
GcSupporter November 11, 2012 at 09:12 AM
I agree with GCSupporter#2 . Everyone here understands the difficulties that Super Storm Sandy brought to our village, and we do not expect police to be at every door. However information flow is vital and even a person on this blog (whose home was one that was burglarized) agrees that if they had been given more info they could have taken further precautions. I hope I don't come off as a complete jerk , but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what areas are vulnerable. (umm the ones that border hempstead). Hence (Willow, 1st Street, 3rd Street , Bedell Ave... seeing a pattern ???? On the flip side and playing devil's advocate, even if you are warned I am not sure how you prevent a person with a gun and a motive...
Marie Ilardi November 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I hope you will all be happy to know that we have a HEAVY police presence with a lightning quick response time in our neck of the woods. I called GCPD last night to report suspicious people on my still-dark street (my neighbors, most likely, but better safe than sorry) and within what seemed like less than a minute, I had probably eight squad cars at my house. Two cruisers happened to already be parked at more corner because "they were hoping to deter crime on a dark street". I fully support any effort to share information in times such as these. I won't go shut myself away in my bedroom if I should be awake and alert during a dangerous situation, but we do have a finite number of officers who can't be every place at every second. I hope we can see these issues as separate and distinct. Thank you to all who responded last night, and thank you for not being annoyed at the error. I certainly hope other areas weren't left vulnerable. Our family has a long, law enforcement tradition and respect the job they all do.
jeanm November 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I agree, the GCPD does a great job. However, I heard there are 55 full-time officers. Someone should have been directing traffic at the dangerous intersections. There were enough officers and auxilliary police to man those areas. Maybe people should have been stopping, but they weren't., so police intervention was needed. I definitely agree everyone in the village should have been notified after the first break-in in Cathedral Gardens. One of my friends was burglarized and I was informed the homeowners were told not to discuss anything about the incident. This should be investigated.
Patrick Smith January 02, 2013 at 07:17 AM
cops cant save you,we are living in a social decay, ,new york state has over 50 % people on some kind of state payment or suppliment.This is high unemployment ,social decay. JOBS GONE BECAUSE OF HIGH PROPERTY TAXES IN NASSAU CO.OUT OF CONTROL RENT FOR SMALL BUISNESS.NO WONDER THERES NO JOBS .COPS ARE NOT THE ANSWER