NEW YORK—Fourteen members of a gang in Crown Heights have been charged by authorities with 102 counts of burglary and assault, announced NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly on Wednesday.
The gang, known as the Brower Boys because the crimes were close to Brower Park, “terrorized their neighborhood for one long year, but now their cycle of crime is over,” said Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, who joined Kelly on Wednesday, in a release.
The accused are between 15 and 19, including two juvenile defendants and are charged “with climbing fire escapes and traversing rooftops, to access apartments, in a year-long burglary spree, from April 2011 to March 2012,” according to the release. Kelly accused them of being “old hands at burglaries and worse,” but began fighting over loot on Facebook, which ultimately ended with their arrest.
Electronics such as laptops, cameras, and cell phones, were the main target. Most of the robberies happened when residents weren’t home, but others weren’t as lucky, such as one incident when four of the gang members allegedly tied up a male and female who were home, threatened to kill them, and sexually assaulted the female.