September 1st, 2008
A New York Post article reported Sunday that Darren Stone, aka Squarehead was linked to the recent car break-ins using DNA evidence. The article states:
It turned out that on July 14, Stone allegedly used a rock to smash the window of a couple’s 2007 Jeep Cherokee on Water Street, stealing a child’s car seat and a $300 ring.
While removing the items, Squarehead cut himself and left drops of blood on the car’s back seat and a piece of paper, prosecutors said.
Cops tested the blood for DNA – and finally had their man.
Stone was arrested last Monday and charged with felony criminal mischief. He’s now at Rikers on $25,000 bail.
“Because of his long history, he’s looking at a D felony – that’s 3½ to 7 years – and there’s a possibility that he could do more,” said a spokesman for DA Charles Hynes.
A Dumbo resident whose car was broken into started a blog (waterstreetwindowsmash.blogspot.com) to collect stories and reported the crimes to the 84th Precinct. Soon after, the police increased their patrolling.
A veteran detective said Squarehead began stealing as a teen and never stopped. He earned his nickname for stubbornly keeping at it, even though he gets arrested “constantly,” the detective said.
Despite catching the criminal, several residents continue to report break-ins on early Sunday morning. There were car break-ins on Front Street (between Bridge and Hudson Streets) and several on Water Street. According to officers, they had counted 15 break-ins. If your car has been broken into, call 311 or the 84th Precinct 718-875-6811 so they can record and track the incidents. It is important thing we report everything. The 84th Precinct have been responsive to the resident’s calls, so keep reporting the crimes so all residents in Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, and surrounding areas live in a safer neighborhood.
Photo – A resident reports an incident with the police.