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Grand larcenies on rise in 114th Pct.

A 20 percent jump in grand larcenies in 1999 bucked the overall downward trend in crime for the 114th Precinct, covering Astoria and Long Island City.

According to a police spokesman, Cadet John Buthorn, reported incidents of grand larcenies rose to 939 in 1999 from 783 a year earlier and homicides increased to nine from eight in 1998.

One of the homicides in 1999 involved inmates on Riker

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