Four car break-ins reported in East Williston, police say

Four car break-ins reported in East Williston, police say
A man is seen looking into cars in East Williston driveways on home security footage the night four cars were broken into. (Photo courtesy of Stephan Leccese)

Four cars were broken into in East Williston last Thursday night into Friday morning, according to Nassau County police.

Some electronics, personal items and clothing were stolen, a police spokesman said.

Three cars’ windows were smashed and one car was left unlocked, the spokesman said.

The incident is being investigated and the culprit has not been found, the police said.

The cars were located on Feather Lane, Sumper Avenue, Ogden Avenue and Latham Lane.

Security camera video footage that Stephan Leccese, a resident whose locked car was broken into, shared with Blank Slate Media shows someone in a hooded sweatshirt looking into two car windows in a driveway.

Leccese said nothing was taken from his car, but said it’s “eye opening” that someone could walk up and down driveways for two hours uninterrupted.

Mayor David Tanner said “it’s unfortunate, however we are not the only community experiencing these kinds of things.”

Leccese said he contacted the village after the incident and requested that officials talk to the police and report to the community.

No notice from the village came until the following Monday when an email was sent, Leccese said.

The email, which was shared with Blank Slate Media, states, “with recent reports of car break-ins, we advise residents to always lock cars and do not leave valuables inside, even when the car is locked.  If you experience theft from your vehicle, call 911 to file a police report, and then advise the Village office so that we can record this information.”

For Leccese, the village response was underwhelming.

“I think the board has taken a position when it comes to security incidents that they fear making the village look bad so they choose not to highlight these things,” Leccese said. “I think for most residents who get this who don’t know what happened this is an intentional way to not bring visibility to it.”

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