January 14, 2013
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David Chong, the White Plains (N.Y.) public safety commissioner, tells the Erik Wemple Blog that there is “no pattern” of crime linked to the gun-permit-holder maps published last month by the Journal News.

That statement comes in spite of the events of Saturday, as reported by Newsday. A White Plains residence, says Chong, was burglarized between 7:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. The perpetrators used a ladder to gain entry to the home and managed to make off with “various jewelry items.” A rifle safe, says Chong, “was tampered with but … no weapons were stolen.”

The residence was on the Journal News map of homes to which gun permits are registered by Westchester County, says Chong. White Plains police have not taken anyone into custody for the crime.

Accordingly, says Chong, it would be “premature” to cite any kind of link between the burglary and the publication of the Journal News maps. Once the police get someone in handcuffs, says Chong, they can probe whether such a link exists.

“It’s an active investigation, we’re following up all leads, and there is no discernible pattern whatsoever that is linking the interactive gun map that the Journal News published to burglaries at this particular time,” says the police commissioner.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.