A man stole a tow truck that was helping a disable vehicle on Long Island on Saturday night and then led police on a chase.
It has happened five times since Jan. 1 – cars being stolen from driveways in Nassau County. Three cars were stolen in West Hempstead, one from Carle Place, and a fifth from Roosevelt.
Police are warning homeowners about a series of unsolved thefts in Old Bethpage, Farmingdale and Bethpage.
More than 4,200 cars have been stolen in New York City this year alone, and they are easy targets for thieves. Some people were taking part Saturday in special programs aimed at cutting back on the trend.
Three expensive cars were recently stolen from outside as gym in Westchester County, and it all happened in seconds.
Car radios, airbags and headlights have long been targets for thieves. But now, they are going after side mirrors.
The crime numbers coming out of New Rochelle are a bit eye popping. There has been a 279 percent increase for aggravated assault, but officials say the new statistics need some context.