If you loot, we shoot: Violent break-in artist targeted homes without power

Posted at 1:02 PM, Nov 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-22 14:36:06-05

A sign warns potential looters of the consequences of looting a home on Long Island. (PIX 11)

By JAY DOW | @jaydownycHEMPSTEAD, NY (PIX11) — On a nice, quiet street in Hempstead, Long Island – one homeowner’s message, posted to his front door…comes through loud and clear.

If you loot, we shoot.
The sign was presumably aimed at 46-year old Artie Jackson of Hempstead.Police say he committed at least three violent home invasions over the last week in this affluent section of Nassau County – while his victim’s power was shut off following Hurricane Sandy.That night, I tell you I didn’t sleep that night. So I had my lanterns up on the landing, and the bedroom window to show that the lights were on”, said Catherin Kulesh of Garden City.

Here in Hempstead, Jackson is accused of walking in through an open front door last Wednesday, and locking a family inside their boiler room while he grabbed whatever he could find, before stealing their car.

In Garden City, a day later, he allegedly had the same motive.

Chief Steve Skrynecki told reporters, “That individual entered the home, produced a handgun, fired two shots in the residence during a robbery of the resident while inside that location, and again stole that resident’s vehicle. Of note, both of these incidents occurred during the aftermath of the hurricane in a blacked out area.”

Police say Jackson committed his most violent home invasion last night in East Garden City.

The male black subject removed a screen and opened up a window, to enter the victim’s home, confronted the victim in her bed, where he assaulted the victim”, said Det. John Giambrone.

Jackson has an extensive criminal record – according to police – stacked with robbery and burglary charges.

He’s also suspected of committing up to a dozen other robberies before Hurricane Sandy came our way.

Residents – are relieved, to say the least.

Hugely relieved. It was, after the power outages my alarm wasn’t even working. I was relying on my dog”, said Christine McGuigan of Hempstead.