Anticrime Unit cops in the 106th Precinct this week nabbed three men who allegedly stole all four rims and tires off a car in Howard Beach, according to police.
The plainclothes officers allegedly caught Emanuel Rios, Jamie Agustin and Alex Elicer, all 25 years old, in the act around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on 88th Street near 157th Avenue.
Each defendant was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief in the third degree, fourth-degree grand larceny, possession of burglar tools, and third-degree auto stripping.
Car crimes have been an issue for years across the borough, especially in the 106. Grand larceny auto complaints are up slightly this year in the command, compared to this time in 2014.
Last year, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) introduced a bill requiring serial numbers be etched into tires and rims to try to put a dent in the theft trend.
By Patricia Adams and Michael V. Cusenza