Police investigate Staten Island burglaries

October 13, 2011 2:19:54 PM PDT
Police are investigating a series of burglaries in several of Staten Island's most affluent neighborhoods.

"It's a terrible way to have to live," said Cathy Pugliese, a home owner.

People on Whitwell Place tell Eyewitness News that they are always looking their shoulder because they are worried burglars will hit their home next.

"There are times, possibly it's an inside job, someone who did work in your place, knows where you keep your things," said Kandy Sanjurjo, a home owner.

They have good reason to be concerned.

Police, who were out patrolling Thursday, are trying to crack two separate burglary patterns in the Todt Hill, Emerson and Grymes Hills sections of Staten Island.

There have been eight in the past two months.

One happened at a home on Whitwell, and sources tell Eyewitness News they broke in through a skylight.

Igor was on the scene doing a site survey, because the home owner plans to now put in window bars.

"They professionally get into the house, quiet, quick and they run like sports people, they are young, and jump like in a Bruce Lee movie," said Igor Ostrovsky, a security expert.

Police believe the same person or group struck three times, inside the upscale community.

The burglars are not getting in through the front security gate, but rather the woods on the backside of the neighborhood.

On Whitwell, private security is now in place but Cathy is on edge.

20-years-ago, her home was robbed and they came in through the attic fan.

"I bring the phone with me when I answer the door, God forbid there's someone who's not going to do the right thing," Pugliese said.