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.

Carisa Giardino 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


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