Suffolk County police will deploy license plate readers in Brentwood amid recent gang slayings in the community. The short-term goal is to use the devices to solve open cases, officials said. But ultimately authorities hope to “decimate the gangs that have committed these crimes,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said outside the department’s third precinct in Bay Shore Monday morning.
A teenager whose remains were discovered Monday is the sixth person believed to be killed by gang violence found dead in Brentwood in the past five weeks, Suffolk County police said.
“We don’t want to have a repeat of what we had in 2009. I’ve been knocking on doors in the community and people are afraid.”