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Shomrim Apprehend Car Thief!

Amazing response and alert Shomrim members stop the new car thief dead in his tracks. A veteran member driving down Brooklyn Ave. at around 9:15pm spotted a male Black who seemed very suspicious and was hanging around a parked Minivan on the corner of Carroll St. He called for backup and some 20 members responded and spread out in order to be able to catch the perp in case he runs.

2 members made sure to keep an eye on the perp who was waiting around for the coast to clear when he made his move and punched in the window which made an audible pop but muffled. Members then proceeded in and surrounded the perp who attempted to flee the scene but the members restrained and held him until police arrived, which was moments after the call placed by Shomrim.

More pictures in the Extended Article!

The perp who seemed like he’s been at breaking into cars for some time, used a spark plug to bust the window, a sign of a veteran. The plug has a pointed edge which explains the not-so-loud pop when he broke in. the perp traveled around on a bike which apparently is the reason he was never caught at any of the other three cars his MO [Method of Operation] matched.

On his bike Shomrim members found a bag which appeared to be a gift in which there were baby cloths which may have come out of a different vehicle he broke into that night.

A part of the spark-plug the perp used to break the window.
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#1 Comment By c h res. On November 23, 2006 @ 9:50 am

way to go shomrim keep up the great work

#2 Comment By thankfull On November 23, 2006 @ 11:58 am

good job finnaly we got him i hope shomrim will catch many more

#3 Comment By a viewer On November 23, 2006 @ 11:53 am

go shomrim!

#4 Comment By Hila On November 23, 2006 @ 10:04 am

Baruch Hashem! Keep up the much-needed good work.

#5 Comment By Berel On November 23, 2006 @ 10:03 am

Keep up your great work Shomrim!! Many Thanks.

#6 Comment By Bob On November 23, 2006 @ 10:49 am

What is that last picture of?

#7 Comment By Shmuel K On November 23, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

I really applaud this level of alertness, vigilance and coordinated execution.

In Mayor Giuliani’s adopted “Broken Windows” theory, policing smaller, more visual quality of life crimes successfully led to a decrease in larger, more damaging crimes. The success of the theory derived from changing the message we (society) were sending to criminals.

Similarly in these cases, it’s great we corralled ONE of the perpetrators but we need to send a message too ALL criminals that we’re standing up, standing strong, achieving success and won’t stop.

These criminals don’t read crownheights.info. I put forward that we need to wage a PR battle as well and suggest posting flyers around the community heralding the small victories we achieve each night. Can it include the perpetrators’ faces? I don’t know. But we have to send them a message.

Shomrim, you make me proud.

#8 Comment By no one On November 23, 2006 @ 10:20 am

wow! gr8 job!

#9 Comment By CHer On November 23, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

Thumbs up to the shomrim!!!
Keep it up!

#10 Comment By Jason On November 23, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

M.O. comes from the latin term Modus Operandi.

#11 Comment By ISchier On November 23, 2006 @ 11:47 am

Yasher Koiach. Just be on the lookout for him once again in 90 days when he’s released and back out on the streets :(.

#12 Comment By mn On November 23, 2006 @ 11:46 am

thank you to all involved

#13 Comment By grateful On November 23, 2006 @ 11:43 am

GO SHOMRIM!!!!!!!!

#14 Comment By observer On November 23, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

not that it matters much, but would this guy be classified as “black”, not possibly Hispanic or Puerto Rican?

#15 Comment By c.h. resident On November 23, 2006 @ 7:21 am

good job shomrim!!!!

#16 Comment By Led On November 23, 2006 @ 7:51 am

Good job. Catch more of them and maybe they will stop attacking for a while.

#17 Comment By montreal On November 23, 2006 @ 6:54 am

great work shomrim keep it up

#18 Comment By Miss London On November 23, 2006 @ 6:38 am

WELL DONE, Yeshir Koach, Fellow Yidden !!!
You are a fantastic organisation and team !!!
Hashem Should protect you and us!!
Keep up the great work…

#19 Comment By Avremi On November 23, 2006 @ 5:57 am

good on u boys… keep up the good work… keep CH safe.. well done!!

#20 Comment By Devorah On November 23, 2006 @ 7:27 am

Gr8 work! i whcich there was ppl like shomrim where i live in england.

#21 Comment By Shomrim Fan On November 23, 2006 @ 8:09 am

1. Great job, Shomrim! Always there when we need you!

2. Why don’t you wear disposable latex gloves? In one picture you’re holding his head down…what if he’d bitten you? At least the glove would have given some protection! You don’t know what this creep’s got…hepatatis, AIDS, etc.


3. So I gues the cops let him go, right? I mean, isn’t that standard procedure when a lowlife (black) attacks Jews or their property?

#22 Comment By AntiCrime On November 23, 2006 @ 7:41 am

I don’t understand Shomrim…
They shold have not used forch…
They shold have spoken to the guy (for as long as it takes) and try to reason with him… He may have changed his way and done Tishuva… But now it will be even worse…

Both sides are wrong….
“Anybody Who Uses Violence Regardless To who or For what reason Is empheticaly Wrong”
“that’s not yours or anybody’s job to judge. Its all in the hands of god. NOTHING HAPPENES FOR NO REASON.”

What have we come to??
It’s so sad weve come to this…
Why can’t we all just get along…

#23 Comment By man, those shvartzas! On November 23, 2006 @ 9:06 am

Keep up the good work!

#24 Comment By david On November 23, 2006 @ 8:35 am

omg the pictures are great!

#25 Comment By shomrim fan On November 23, 2006 @ 8:45 am

Good job shomrim keep up the good work.
Well done hope he gets his well deserved punishment

#26 Comment By trouble On November 23, 2006 @ 8:03 am

great job to all 20 members of shomrim.
Now we have to make sure that he doesnt return to the nieghborhoor.

#27 Comment By ……. On November 23, 2006 @ 8:50 am

good job shomrim!!!!!!!

#28 Comment By will On November 23, 2006 @ 10:35 am

hey crown heighs maybe one day u will be like us in williamsburg…good job

#29 Comment By safety first On November 23, 2006 @ 10:32 am

A car thief is someone who steals cars not someone who steals FROM cars!

#30 Comment By CH-er forever On November 23, 2006 @ 10:41 am

it will be interesting to see how long he will be off our streets.

#31 Comment By lk On November 23, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

good work

#32 Comment By HK On November 23, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

Keep up the good work!

#33 Comment By Racheli On November 23, 2006 @ 12:06 pm


#34 Comment By chresident On November 23, 2006 @ 9:39 am

nice! keep it up!

#35 Comment By CH resident On November 23, 2006 @ 9:09 am

Good Job Shomrim! Thank You!

#36 Comment By Lubavitch outside US On November 23, 2006 @ 10:01 am

TG. Shomrim way to go. But crime is still very high. I guess you have to start small. Whats his sentance going to be like?

#37 Comment By Job well done On November 23, 2006 @ 11:36 am

Another job well done by Gadi and crew

keep up the good work guys, we all need you to make us feel safe.

#38 Comment By Sara On November 23, 2006 @ 11:10 am

GREAT WORK!!! Keep it up!

#39 Comment By ;0 On November 23, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

whoa that is so bizarre
good job shomrim
u rock

#40 Comment By A VERY MISERABLE RESIDENT On November 23, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

You guys aRE SO SO AWESOME..

#41 Comment By a resident of crown heights On November 23, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

its about time you can actualy print a story with shomrim that ends off with a happy ending i have been folowing lots of these storys and every time it was ending off how he slipt away great job! b”h lets keep crown heights a safe place thank you

#42 Comment By Just sick of this!!! On November 23, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

I bet he will back out on the streets breaking into cars or homes before dark today…. this is out lovely justice system with liberal judges and the revolving door system, in a slap on the wrist (if that) and back out on the streets to increase the level of crime. Bob Grant used to say once a thug gives notice to society that he is unfit to live amongst us we should not let him back out to live amongst us. because he will only go from petty crimes to worse till G-d forbid he kills someone becasue he see he can do crime with impunity
G-d save us, and send us Moshiach!!!

#43 Comment By Concerned at publicizing photo On November 23, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

Isn’t it dangerous to place the picture with the hand on the fellow’s head? It may be miscontrued as vigilante voilence toward the perp.

#44 Comment By Zelig On November 23, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

It is about time the as on mentioned in a previous occasion Crown Heights has a ZOO KEEPER

#45 Comment By BrookAve On November 23, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

This is the time of year where petty crime begins. Whether it is a car break in or cutting a taxi drivers throat for $5.00 or less. It starts to get cold and homeless/jobless know that they can spend the winter months in a jail that gives them food and shelter. He will be out when the trees start to bloom again. Shomrim will be ready for him once again!

#46 Comment By Al Tiftichu… On November 23, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

When I began to read “Anti Crimes’s” comments, I first was sure this guy was joking. I don’t think he is!!! He thinks you can speak to a thief like that until he does teshuva??!!
Anyways, “al tiftichu bindivim”, but you guys at Shromrim are doing a wonderful job at helping to give us back our shchunah.Ultimately, it is Hashem Who is keeping us safe, with Shomrim as his shluchim.

#47 Comment By CH-r On November 23, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

Great job shomrim!

#48 Comment By Jew Boy On November 23, 2006 @ 8:18 am

They should have smashed his face on curb and then hang him up so all the next smart alex`s will learn!

#49 Comment By Mendy On November 23, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

Why didn’t you kill him? A dead rat on the street is the best way to drive off other rats. Nothing else works.

#50 Comment By CH mother On November 23, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

wow sounds like shomrim knows how to take care of things and keeping CH safe good job and thank you!!!

#51 Comment By observed. On November 23, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

This is good news, although it seems that this is not the same person who has been taking airbags. (this guy seems less sophisticated, and the other perp just broke the small back window of the Honda Accord’s who’s airbags he stole.) So lookout!

#52 Comment By ch resident On November 23, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

go crownheights shomrim
next time you beat him so the next person
knows dont start with the jewish part
of crwon heights

#53 Comment By Leah On November 23, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

Great Job Shmorim!!!!!!!!!!! Hang up the picture all over the neighborhood so our african american friends can see what happens when one trys to brake into cars.

#54 Comment By shmuli On November 23, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

great work Shomrim! you make us proud!

#55 Comment By to Anti-Crime On November 23, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

don’t say that… It’s like saying a student won’t get punished even if he/she was bad for wtvr reason. He commited a crime and talking to him won’t stop him from continuing…

#56 Comment By Shmuli On November 23, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

To the previous “shmuli”

it always bothered me when someone else wrote a comment with my name.
But this time you could not have said it any better “great work Shomrim! you make us proud!”

I checked out your website <shmuli.tk> it looks really nice.. and now I know who you are.


keep it up!!

Its great to see that you don’t back down, despite the tough criticism and sick politics, you continue to benefit the community tremendously.

Thanks a million!!!!!

#57 Comment By Anti-Yellow-Mushroom On November 23, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

Great work Shomrim! You make me proud!
By the way, thanks for 770!

#58 Comment By williamsburg On November 23, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

hey its about time you learned the trade
keep it up!

#59 Comment By confused… On November 23, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

the pix to me didnt look like he was a male black…

#60 Comment By Anti-Crime Was Being Sarcastic On November 23, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

Didn’t anyone notice that he was quoting what someone wrote about 770!

#61 Comment By To anti-crime On November 23, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

Was that a 770 analogy?

#62 Comment By amazed at great work On November 23, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

you guys were welll on top of it this time! wow greaat job!
mr crownheights.info how do you know so fast when all this is happening??? how r yo there so fast?

#63 Comment By A Crown Heights resident On November 23, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

Dear Shomrim:
G-d should you and your family with all the good blessing . Without you this would be a crime zone since we can’t rely on police. We are proud of you. Keep up the good work. We are behind you. Thank you Thank you and million thanks.

#64 Comment By CHer.. On November 24, 2006 @ 12:57 am

Good Job Shomrim!! You rock!! Thank you for keeping CH safe!!

#65 Comment By sara On November 23, 2006 @ 9:46 pm

Thanks & Keep up the great work!! We all appreciate it!!

#66 Comment By Itzik_s On November 23, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

I hope Anti-Crime was trying to be sarcastic.

#67 Comment By DONT GET IT… On November 23, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

oh shomrim thank you so much!!
you did an amazing job!!!

I really dont get it. why cant ppl just act normal, u know???

i mean he is not jewish but still…

#68 Comment By ch resident On November 23, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

great shots!

#69 Comment By stam a mentch On November 23, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

wow how comforting – I guess we can learn some tricks from willy. They’ve really mastered it.

Nice going – keep it up – I feel safer already

#70 Comment By BORUCH N. HOFFINGER On November 23, 2006 @ 9:37 pm

Never fear, the ”authorities” will make sure he’s out in 3 mos. (like Derrick [not Lemerick] Nelson. Nelson was arrested about 18 times. (He’s probably on his way to Crown Heights in a stolen vehicle.) How many times was this rat arrested?
Crime pays. It gives more work to glass companies, airbag dealers, etc.
Say, this is America — the Wild West!

#71 Comment By wow On November 23, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

I didnt get Anti crimes comment, got scared there for a minute, didnt know about the 770 remarks.

#72 Comment By mishichist / anti yellow On November 23, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

thank you shomrim for 770. I’m a darn proud mishichist – but have no affiliation with the tzfatim b.. – It was really sick what they did.

Thanks for all you’ve done – if not for you we would not have had any farbi that night.

#73 Comment By why? On November 23, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

why are the shomrims face blacked out, they should be commended for thier mesiras nefesh on behalf of crown heights. Yasher Koach, (is it becasue of safety issues?)

#74 Comment By CRAOWN HIGHTSER On November 24, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

these people dont give a *….* if they steal
good job!!! shomrim keep up the good work!!!

#75 Comment By cool On November 26, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

cool pictures

#76 Comment By mm rabin On November 26, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

thanx for catching him
your a big help

#77 Comment By Shomrim Haver On November 27, 2006 @ 12:59 am

Really Good Job Shomrim and well executed!!! Most impressive!!!

By the by Leah the arresting officer in the photo appeared African American and the perp looked more Sephardim than black.

#78 Comment By quizitive On November 26, 2006 @ 1:35 am

first of alll ROCK ON shomrim!!!!!!!!!!!!! second of all letz do this more often!!!!!!

#79 Comment By mendel On December 1, 2006 @ 9:38 am

very good

#80 Comment By a person from the canaidian bunk CGI NY! On December 15, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

“Nice Sweeeeeeeeet”

shomrim is awsome!!!!!!!