NYPD: Two luxury cars were stolen in Emerson Hill and Richmond

STATEN ISLAND, New York – Thieves targeted the upscale neighborhoods of Staten Island when they stole two luxury cars in two separate incidents Friday morning in Emerson Hill and in Richmond.

A source familiar with the investigations said that the two cars were parked and unoccupied at the time of the seizure, and the authorities recovered the two cars at a later time.

The 2019 BMW sedan was reported stolen around 5:45 a.m. on Overlook Drive and Douglas Road, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

The source said a 28-year-old woman told police that she started her car remotely with the doors open. The keys were not in the car that was parked in a driveway.

Three unidentified people were stopped in two separate cars. The source said that a man got into a BMW and then pulled away from it.

A BMW was spotted traveling on Staten Island Highway and the Guetals Bridge before being retrieved in Newark, NJ by officers in that community, according to the source.

About an hour later, a 2021 Mercedes-Benz sedan was seized at about 6:40 a.m. from the vicinity of St Andrews Road and Ascot Street, according to a police spokeswoman.

The source said that a 38-year-old woman told police that the Mercedes-Benz was left running in her driveway but kept the keys.

An unknown suspect seized the vehicle, which was later recovered. The police spokeswoman was unable to reveal where the car was found.

The police spokeswoman said the suspects had not been arrested and no prescriptions were available for the suspects yet.

CONCORD CARJACKING

The New York Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying two people wanted for questioning in a separate incident, a car theft reported in Concorde last month.

The theft allegedly occurred on December 27 at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Richmond Road near Mary Street, according to an NYPD spokesperson and Twitter post #120.

A police spokeswoman said a 32-year-old man told police that a man punched him in the face several times before another man drove away in the victim’s car, a 2007 Lexus.

The victim developed pain, redness and swelling in his face, but did not seek hospital treatment, according to police.

A police spokeswoman said the investigation was continuing into the incident, which is classified as theft.

Two men are being sought for interrogation in the accident and a light-colored sedan appears in the photos attached to Twitter message number 120.

People with information are urged to contact the precinct’s 120th Detective Squad at 718-981-2714.

Vehicle theft

Car thefts continued to increase in Staten Island and across New York City last year.

Data showed a 10% increase in Grand Theft Auto (GLA) on Staten Island in 2021, compared to the previous year. That’s after reporting a 37% increase from 2019 to 2020, Advance/SILive.com records show.

In numbers, police responded to 264 GLAs in 2021, compared to 240 in 2020.

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