Half Hollow Hills tends to have the reputation of being the idyllic image of suburbia - nice families, beautiful homes, big back yards, and an award-winning school district. However, recent crimes may show cracks in this Long Island version of Pleasantville.
Last week, a short walk to a friend's house, and , according to a police report.
The boys, ages 15 and 16, were said to be walking to friend's house only six homes away, when they were held at gunpoint by two men and a woman, who demanded their iPhones and other valuables, near the corner of Suncrest Drive and Branwood Drive in Dix Hills, the report said.
While the presence of a gun makes the incident especially alarming, burglaries and robberies are becoming a more consistant presence in local crime reports.
Earlier this month, a man was caught on camera taking $4,000 worth of cellphones from an AT&T Wireless Store in Melville.
In March, community members held a to address uptick in the number of home burglaries in the Half Hollow Hills area.
What residents are seeing in Dix Hills and Melville however, may be more of a reflection of the times rather than a crime problem specific to the area, since property crimes tend to increase during economic downturns. Increasing abuse on Long Island may also provide a clue to recent crime sprees in and around Half Hollow Hills.
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