Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced a 102-count indictment against 14 members of a Crown Heights street gang, the “Brower Boys”, that committed burglaries, assaults and robberies, in the vicinity of Brower Park.

“These Brower Bums terrorized their neighborhood for one long year, but now their cycle of crime is over,” said District Attorney Hynes. “I would like to thank Police Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD, for their hard work in bringing this case.”

Commissioner Kelly said, “Although some were as young as 13, the Brower Boys were old hands at burglaries and worse – victimizing neighbors, but making the mistake of fighting over the proceeds on Facebook, which led keen NYPD Anti-Crime officers in the 77th Precinct to monitor and arrest them. I commend Police Officer Michael Rodriquez, the anti-crime officer who was integral to the DA’s investigation; the 77th and 79th Precinct detective squads and Brooklyn Special Victims squad for their role in stopping this group.”

The defendants are charged with climbing fire escapes and traversing rooftops, to access apartments, in a year-long burglary spree, from April 2011 to March 2012. The defendants range from 15 to 19 years old, including two juvenile offenders. They stole mainly electronic equipment, like cell phones, laptops, cameras and video games, which they would later pawn, according to the indictment.

Teenaged suspects used Facebook to plan a burglary, but the 77 Precinct Anti-Crime and Brooklyn North Burglary Larceny Apprehension Surveillance teams were watching and apprehended them on site. Two suspects and a crew of a dozen others, age 13-22, were arrested for burglaries and strong-arm robberies in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, including a gang rape at gunpoint. The crimes were often committed on the blocks where the suspects themselves resided.

Members of the NYPD Burglary, Larceny And Surveillance Team (BLAST) made video recordings of several defendants entering and leaving apartment windows, climbing up and down fire escape ladders and stairs, and running across rooftops.


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