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In a scene more reminiscent of New York City 20 years ago, a Bayside woman was shocked last week when she found her boyfriend's hapless car on wooden blocks, stripped of wheels valued at more than $5,000.
Alyce Yoo said she went to move her boyfriend's black Mercedes C350 during the afternoon of Sept. 17, only to find that the car had been partially cannibalized — stripped of a set of four AMG 18-inch wheels that cost $5,200.
A tearful Yoo could only stand baffled on 213th Street shortly before noon as police filled out a report while lug nuts littered the ground below the disabled vehicle.
"I'm so surprised this would happen in this neighborhood," Yoo said. "I've parked here all the time, left my car here for like five days and had no problem."
Yoo said police believe the robbery probably happened at night while the car was parked outside 39-30 213th St. Yoo said the car had been parked in the spot since Sept. 15, but that someone should have noticed if the robbery had occurred prior to the sunny Wednesday morning.
Yoo, 23, who has lived in Bayside most of her life, said she never envisioned something like this happening because she believed Bayside was a safe neighborhood.
"I loved this neighborhood until today," she said. "I mean, I don't even lock my doors here."
According to criminal statistics compiled by the 111th Precinct, which covers the area, auto theft, robberies and grand larceny are each up from this time last year.
The statistics show that 64 robberies have been reported thus far this year, a 16 percent increase since last year. Reported grand larcenies are also up 9 percent while auto theft is up just under 4 percent from this time last year, according to the statistics.
The 111th Precinct, however, remains among the safest in the city and like most precincts in Queens it has experienced a dramatic drop in crime over the last 20 years.
Police said no arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the 111th Precinct at 718-279-5200. All calls will remain confidential.
Reach reporter Stephen Stirling by e-mail at Sstirling@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, ext. 138.
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