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Queens man collared in Ozone Park, South Ozone burglary spree: DA

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A Queens man has been busted for allegedly breaking into five homes in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park, stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and other items.

Harry Garcia, 48, a Jamaica resident, was arraigned Saturday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of five counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of resisting arrest, prosecutors said.

Garcia is accused of committing the burglary spree between May 6 and June 6, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

He was finally collared Friday morning when NYPD officers investigating a pattern of residential burglaries caught Garcia entering a South Ozone Park backyard and trying to open a window and break into the 117th Street home, Brown said. Cops then said they saw him leave the backyard with a bag he wasn’t carrying when he entered the residence. He fled when police approached, and was apprehended a block away, where Garcia allegedly resisted arrest as he flailed his arms and legs as officers tried to handcuff him.

The bag he was carrying, which Garcia dropped when he fled, contained a Sony PlayStation and accessories, prosecutors said. Police also found a bracelet and chain when they searched Garcia.

Garcia is also charged in connection to four additional burglaries that occurred on May 6, on 109th Street in South Ozone Park; on May 13 on 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park; on May 23, on 83rd Street in Ozone Park; and on May 30 on 113th Street in Ozone Park, according to the district attorney.

If convicted Garcia faces up to 75 years in prison. He was ordered held on $60,000 bail and to return to court on June 23.




String of robberies strike Astoria

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114 Bug Pattern

The NYPD is searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a string of Astoria break-ins.

Three stores were robbed between the night of Tuesday, March 27 and the afternoon of Wednesday, March 28, police said. The suspects entered the businesses by breaking the locks on the doors and proceeded to removed cash, a register and computer equipment.

A fourth Astoria business was robbed on Friday, March 30.

Police described the suspects as white or Hispanic males between 16 and 22 years old.

Anyone with information in regards to any of these burglaries is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


Suspects sought for a dozen robberies in Long Island City

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12 rovbs

Police are seeking a man and woman wanted in connection with 12 robberies — 11 of which have occurred over the past month.

Most of the incidents have occurred between the morning and evening — during school and work hours — with the thieves entering through a window or door.

Five of the robberies have taken place on 30th Avenue and six more have occurred between 41st and 48th streets in Long Island City.

The suspects have been identified as Eldin Ahmetovic, 33, and Yulia Bushuyeva, 32, according to police.

Ahmetovic is described as approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall, 165 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.  Bushuyeva is described as approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall, 130 pounds with a tattoo on the right side of her neck that reads “Dino.”.