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NYPD Steps Up Patrols In Sandy-Ravaged Neighborhoods

Thieves Have Been Taking Copper Pipe From Newly Rebuilt Homes
The remains of the Weiler family home in the Ocean Breeze section of Staten Island - Jan 14. 2013 (credit: Juliet Papa / 1010 WINS)

The remains of the Weiler family home in the Ocean Breeze section of Staten Island – Jan 14. 2013 (credit: Juliet Papa / 1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police have increased their presence in New York City neighborhoods still struggling with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

The Staten Island Advance says break-ins left some residents on the island so frustrated and angry that they’d talked of setting booby traps and administering vigilante justice.

In at least eight houses, thieves cut out recently-installed copper piping. That caused flooding in homes that were just a few weeks away from becoming habitable again.

“Every burglary’s bad, but it was almost worse in a sense, because it wasn’t like the house was still awaiting to be fixed up and at stage zero. They were like 80 percent, almost fixed,” NYPD Deputy Inspector Joseph Veneziano said at a recent Ocean Breeze Civic Association, according to the newspaper.

Police made several quick arrests. But they’re not taking any chances.

Ten patrol cars are being dedicated around the borough’s east shore.

Veneziano said the patrols will focus on areas where some houses still remain vacant. They include Ocean Breeze, Midland Beach and part of Oakwood.

In the immediate aftermath of the Oct. 29 storm, looters hit some of the most devastated neighborhoods, pilfering what they could from the empty homes and businesses.

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