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NYPD Nabs Crown Heights Gang Linked to String of Burglaries, Assaults

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Brooklyn prosecutors have indicted 14 members of the so-called Brower Boys, a Crown Heights street gang accused of a series of burglaries, assaults and robberies near Brower Park in Brooklyn. 

The burglaries allegedly occurred over the course of a year, from April 2011 to March 2012.

The defendants reportedly scaled fire escapes and criss-crossing rooftops to enter apartments, where they allegedly stole mostly electronic equipment, such as laptops, cameras and cell phones, according to Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes. 

They are facing charges of conspiracy, attempted murder, burglary, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. The top count carries a sentence of 5 to 25 years.

Most of the residents were not home during the burglaries, “however, the Brower Boys became increasingly brazen with their criminal activity,” Hynes said. One female resident claims she was sexually assaulted by multiple members of the gang.

A 13-year-old is one of the defendants charged in that incident.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said on Wednesday that his officers trolled social media sites as a major part of the investigation. 

Gang members reportedly boasted over social media sites ― such as facebook and twitter ― about their criminal activity, using online names like "Brower Boy Body Bags."  The suspect that used that name later changed it to “Low Key Body Bags.” They also reportedly fought over proceeds from the robberies.

Kelly noted social media was how the department was able to track shootings in the Brownsville neighborhood.

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Comments [5]

Alicia Browder

I hope that all the burglars will be put to jail and that they will face the consequences that they should be facing. The police did a great job in catching them and it is also good to know that social media did help them big time in tracing these thief’s. -http://www.accageman.com/

Sep. 03 2013 11:48 PM
RDG from St. Marks Avenue

I have been fighting a uphill battle with the Mayor of NYC. FOr years I have requested more lighting and or security cameras. THe streets surrounding Brower Park are pitch black. Mainly the St. Marks Avenue side of the park. The left hand side of Brooklyn Avenue is loaded with very large trees that block the one street light.
I feel that if the streets were better lit, the teenagers would think twice about hanging in and around the park. A few weeks ago the 77th Police Dept. did a walk though warning neighbors to keep their windows locked.
Also, better use of the Police manpower in and around the park area.

Jun. 11 2012 06:20 PM
Hal from Crown Heights

Sorry to hear about Effy's misfortune. We've been living right off Brower Park (Park Place between New York and Brooklyn Aves.) since 2002 and have had no bad experiences. We are glad to hear that these bad guys have been nabbed.

May. 31 2012 09:19 AM

"With the help of Facebook," as WNYC News reports? More like with the help of arrant stupidity. What did FB contribute to solving the crime?

May. 30 2012 08:09 PM
Effy from Brooklyn, NY

Thank you for reporting on this, we lived in Crown Heights from September 2011 till February 2012 and after being robbed twice left the neighborhood. The second robbery the police said they believed the perpetrators were teenagers, I believe it would have been these same guys. I encourage everyone no matter where to protect yourself and your belongings we were lucky that we were insured and we were out of the house. Put up burglar bars, window locks can easily be broken, consult your local precinct about any robberies in the area and what you can do to protect yourself!

I'm glad these guys were caught, it's just too bad they did anything to get caught in the first place.

May. 30 2012 04:22 PM

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