Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Heartless Criminals Hit Norwood Church


By David Greene


BRONX, NEW YORK, October 23- An Episcopal church in Norwood that had overcome a devastating fire in 2009, must now deal with the damage left by an invader who only got away with a sound-system-- worth about $1,000.


The invasion took place when the heartless criminal or criminals apparently climbed over a fence, before forcing their way through a basement window, sometime between the evening of October 16 and the following morning.


Officers from the 52nd Precinct arrived at the Church of the Holy Nativity, located at 3061 Bainbridge Avenue at E. 204 Street to make out a report of the incident.


The suspects smashed through several doors and shattered a window in their futile attempt to locate valuables. The perpetrators also rifled through several cabinets and a desk, before locating the sound-system, made up of a microphone and several speakers.


The church would hold prayers the following Sunday without the needed sound-system.


One source at the church stated that detectives dusted for fingerprints and will look at surveillance video surveillance from the area.


The church suffered heavy smoke and water damage during a Halloween morning blaze in 2009 that also destroyed a row of businesses that are only now being rebuilt.


Investigators handled a case of a string of break-ins at houses of worship back in September, 2011, including a $4,000 theft at the St. Raymond's High School for Boys. The damage to windows and doors and other equipment was estimated at $90,000.


Police would later charge Dimas Cuadrado, 29, of Throggs Neck. The suspect was eyed by investigators in as many as a dozen cases, but was only charged in three.


However, while Cuadrado was in custody, a second string of break-ins occurred the following month in Norwood, Bedford Park and Kingsbridge Heights. Break-ins were reported at Our Lady of Refuge, St. Ann's Church, St. John's Church, the Kingsbridge Evangelical Lutheran Church and Our Lady of Angels.


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