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Cops Hunt Burglars In Amazon Vandalism
Police are searching for some determined Amazon foes who broke into a building owned by the retail giant in Long Island City on December 1, where they scrawled “Scamazon.con” on the inside of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the East River.

Cops said officers at the 108th Precinct spotted the vandalism at about 5 p.m. on Saturday evening and notified building management, who removed the graffiti within three hours.

Investigators believe the vandalism was the latest in a series of anti-Amazon messages scrawled by activists opposed to the retail giant’s plans to develop a second headquarters building in the Long Island City neighborhood.

Cops have also been searching for vandals who scrawled almost a dozen “Amazon-NO” tags on sidewalks and buildings in the area. The tags began to appear after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a deal that will provide $2,8 billion in city and state tax grants to Amazon to help establish the company’s new headquarters.

Police said an investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the vandals is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

–Liz Goff

P.S. 78 Principal Busted For DWI
A city elementary school principal was busted on December 1 after police spotted him “driving aggressively,” an NYPD spokesperson said.
Louis Pavone, principal of P.S. 78 in Long Island City, was pulled over by police at about 9:50 p.m. on December 1 after officers observed him trying to pass another vehicle on 24th Avenue in Astoria, the spokesperson said.
Cops said Pavone sped into oncoming traffic on 24th Avenue, driving over a double line as he attempted to cut in front of the other vehicle.
The two cops who spotted the maneuver pulled Pavone over and determined that he was intoxicated, police said. After he failed a Breathalyzer test Pavone, 59, was charged with drunken deriving and disobeying a traffic device.
A Department of Education spokesperson said Pavone could face disciplinary action pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.

–Liz Goff

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