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Police nab homeless man in Forest Hills burglary spree


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A homeless man was interrupted while using a spoon to jam open the cash register of a Peruvian restaurant early Wednesday in his fourth Forest Hills burglary, cops said.

The suspect — whom police did not identify — was observed by the 112th Precinct’s Anti-Crime team breaking a window in the front door of Cuzco Peru Restaurant at 98-102 Queens Blvd. at 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old perpetrator entered the establishment by opening the front door through the window and police followed him into the restaurant shortly after, authorities said. The man was interrupted while attempting to use a spoon to open the cash register, and he managed to escape through a back entrance in the building before being apprehended by officers.

The man was arraigned on a charge of burglary in the third degree and three counts of criminal mischief. He was held on bail or bond of $50,000.

Upon further investigation by the 112th Precinct Detective Squad, the suspected burglar was also arrested in connection with three other August burglaries in Forest Hills.

According to police, the three other commercial establishments the man is believed to have broken into are Hannah Medtrans Pharmacy in Forest Hills on Aug. 14, Trinity Tax and Financial Solutions at 116-16 Queens Blvd. on Aug. 17 and Health Professionals NYC at 116-20 Queens Blvd. on Aug. 18.

He is believed to have collectively stolen a television set and medical supplies including saline solution from the locations, but no cash. The investigation is ongoing.

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Burglar wanted for stealing smokes and cash from Astoria food shop


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Police released on Thursday video footage of a man wanted for grabbing cash and cigarettes from an Astoria grocery store during a recent burglary.

Authorities said the break-in occurred at about 5:50 a.m. on Aug. 16 at the iKraveIt food store located at 34-02 30th St.

The business was closed when the suspect, whom police described as a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, gloves, pants, a hat and sneakers while carrying a backpack, entered through the front door.

Once inside, the crook removed $250 from the cash register as well as nine packs of cigarettes kept from behind the counter, police said. After taking the loot, he fled in an unknown direction.

Workers at the store later reported the break-in to the 114th Precinct. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Trio accused of breaking into Jamaica Estates home, locking out homeowner


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Three men who allegedly broke into a Jamaica Estates residence and locked the homeowner out until the deed to the house was transferred to them could now be locked behind bars for years.

Brandon Sestoso, 33, his brother Chas Sestoso, 31, both of Hicksville, Long Island, and Jesse Kusinow, 32, of Howell, N.J., are accused of the crime, which District Attorney Richard Brown called a “truly bizarre case.”

According to the charges, after leaving her Grand Central Parkway home on the morning of April 29, the homeowner’s wife came back that evening to find that the locks had been changed and the three men were inside. They allegedly told her that they were working with the bank that held the mortgage on the property and that she could not gain access to her house until she signed documents regarding the property.

When she told them that her husband was the property owner and was in China, they had her call him, prosecutors said. The home invaders then told the husband about the documents he needed to sign, which included a deed transfer for the property, and emailed them to him. Though the husband allegedly signed and emailed back several of these documents, he did not sign the deed transfer, and continued to receive requests to do so.

The next day, the three gave the wife 10 minutes to retrieve belongings from the first floor of the home, according to the district attorney, at which time she noticed that it had been ransacked.

On May 12, the homeowner returned to the house and removed all the locks. Once inside, he found that the house was in disorder with missing property that included jewelry, knives, cash, and the deed and documents related to the ownership of his home.

Brandon Sestoso is currently awaiting arraignment on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, unlawful eviction and second-degree criminal trespass. Kusinow was arraigned on June 10 on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, unlawful eviction and second-degree criminal trespass, and has been held in jail in lieu of $75,000 bail since that time. Chas Sestoso was arraigned on May 26 on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, unlawful eviction and second-degree criminal trespass. He was released on $10,000 bail.

All three face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Burglar grabs a bundle from Glendale apartment


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Video footage that police released Thursday afternoon shows a man wanted for recently breaking into and stealing cash from a Glendale apartment.

Authorities said the burglary occurred at 2 p.m. on Aug. 1 at a basement apartment on 60th Lane in the vicinity of Cooper Avenue.

Reportedly, the suspect forced his way into a door leading to the apartment, then left briefly to stop at a deli located at 60-49 Cooper Ave., where he was filmed on security camera.

Following his visit to the deli, police said, the crook returned to the 60th Lane apartment and removed $1,300 in cash before fleeing. The tenant later reported the theft to the 104th Precinct.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.


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Pair wanted in Woodhaven deli burglary


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Cops have released photos of two suspects who broke into a Woodhaven deli on Monday.

According to authorities, the suspects were able to enter the La Pinata store located at 78-04 Jamaica Ave., near 78th Street, through a window just before 4 a.m. The duo then took an  undetermined amount of money from the register, a tip jar and two backpacks.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Thief steals $9,500 in cellphones from Corona store: NYPD


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A burglar took thousands of dollars’ worth of cellphones from a Corona telecommunications store earlier this month after breaking in through the back wall, according to police.

The theft occurred about 9 p.m. on July 9 at 97-09 Roosevelt Ave., authorities said.

The male suspect was able to enter the business by cutting a hole in its rear wall, police said. He then took cellphones, valued at about $9,500.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Burglar grabs euros from Woodside business: NYPD


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Police continue to search for a man wanted in connection with a burglary at a Woodside business earlier this month in which foreign currency was stolen.

According to authorities, the break-in occurred at 7:45 a.m. on July 2 on Roosevelt Avenue near 53rd Street.

Reportedly, the suspect — described as a black male between 30 and 40 years of age who was wearing blue jeans — entered through an unlocked rear door and removed an unknown quantity of euros. The theft was later reported to the 108th Precinct.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Burglar strikes several homes near Bowne Park in Flushing


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The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted for a recent burglary pattern in the area surrounding Flushing’s Bowne Park dating back to June.

Police released on Thursday morning a surveillance camera image of the suspect, described as a black male wearing a white bucket hat and a gray jogging suit while carrying a backpack.

The first incident occurred between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 16, when the crook entered the backyard of a home on 158th Street and was observed trying to enter through a window. Police said he fled after he was unable to get inside.

His second burglary attempt also failed, police said, when he unsuccessfully tried to enter through a window of a 154th Street home on June 25 between 3 and 10 p.m.

Police said the burglar finally succeeded on July 1, when he broke into a home on 28th Street between 1:30 and 4 p.m. and removed an undetermined amount of property.

Then, on July 2 between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., authorities said, the bandit broke through a rear window of a home on 25th Avenue and stole two gold rings and a pair of earrings.

All of the incidents took place within the confines of the 109th Precinct.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary pattern or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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Video: Burglar takes $40K from Bayside gas station


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A burglar filled up his vehicle with a load of cash after breaking into a Bayside gas station over the weekend, according to police.

The burglary happened about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Gulf station at 79-10 Springfield Blvd., near 50th Avenue.

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After the suspect — a black male — exited his gray vehicle, he walked up to the station, forcibly entered the office and took $40,000, authorities said. The suspect then fled in the car with another unknown male.

Police have released video footage of the break-in and the car used by the suspect.

 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Cops looking for duo in Bayside home break-in


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A pair of wannabe burglars, who broke into a Bayside home last week, got away without the goods but not before one of them was caught on camera, according to police.

The break-in occurred on June 11 at about 5:30 p.m. in a residence near 23rd Avenue and 206th Street, authorities said.

A female suspect working with a male suspect forcibly entered the home, but fled before taking any property, according to police. They both escaped in a late model Nissan Versa with out-of-state license plates.

Authorities did not have a description of the male suspect, but said the female perp is white or Hispanic, in her 50s, with long black hair, and was last seen wearing a white top, black jeans and black sandals.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


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Burglar wanted for breaking into Sunnyside pizzeria


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A burglar was caught on camera after he busted through the door of a Sunnyside pizza shop and raided the eatery’s cash register over the weekend, police said.

The break-in took place about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday at Lenny’s Pizza located at 44-08 Greenpoint Ave. near 47th Avenue.

According to authorities, the suspect kicked in the front glass door of the restaurant before taking $500 from a cash register and fleeing on foot.

The adult male suspect was last seen wearing a striped polo shirt, baseball cap, jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


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Ozone Park burglars check out with supermarket loot


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The NYPD is looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a recent burglary at an Ozone Park supermarket.

Authorities said the burglary occurred at 8:45 p.m. on June 2 inside the New Century supermarket located at 88-16 Liberty Ave.

Reportedly, one of the suspects entered the store and took $8,000 in cash as well as numerous lottery scratch-off tickets. Police said the other perpetrator remained outside the location acting as a lookout.

Once the first suspect exited the market, both individuals fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Would-be burglar fails to get into Forest Hills real estate office: NYPD


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The 112th Precinct is looking for the suspect who unsuccessfully attempted to burglarize a real estate office in Forest Hills on Monday afternoon.

According to police, the perpetrator allegedly lifted the screen of an open window at the Garden Square Realty office located at 4 Dartmouth St. at about 2:25 p.m. An employee reportedly spotted the would-be burglar, who then took off through the nearby West Side Tennis Club and to an unknown location.

The NYPD describes the burglar as a black male in his 40s standing 6 foot 1 inch tall who was last seen wearing a blue, orange and white shirt; a black hat; blue jeans; and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Police hunt burglars in western Queens


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Authorities are searching for the suspects — including one apparently relaxed lookout — wanted in two separate break-ins of residences in Woodside and Sunnyside last week.

1256-15 108 precinct Burg 5-29-15 (1)The first incident occurred just after 5 p.m. on Friday at a second-floor apartment on 48th Avenue in Sunnyside, according to police.

The suspect — described as a Hispanic male standing about 5 feet 8 inches and weighing about 190 pounds with black hair and wearing a striped shirt — accessed the apartment by climbing the fire escape and opening an unlocked window, cops said. He then took an IWC watch and $300 in cash.

In an unrelated incident, on Sunday at about 2:45 p.m., two men were involved in the burglary of a private residence located on 37th Avenue in Woodside, authorities said.

One of the suspects allegedly broke into the home through a rear basement door, while another male acted as a lookout in the front of the residence. The suspects then stole electronics and jewelry before fleeing.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Woodside couple tricked by group of deceiving burglars: cops


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Police are looking for five people wanted in connection with a recent deception burglary at an elderly couple’s Woodside home.

Authorities said the incident occurred at 3 p.m. on May 1 at an undisclosed location within the confines of the 104th Precinct, when two suspects—a male and a female—knocked on the door of a home belonging to a 90-year-old man and an 88-year-old woman.

When the couple answered the door, police noted, the male suspect claimed he and his partner were from Long Island Jewish Medical Center and there to visit the couple’s daughter. The couple then let the duo inside their home and got into a conversation.

Moments later, a third suspect—a female—entered the home and asked to use the bathroom, cops said. This suspect walked upstairs purportedly to use the bathroom, but instead searched the couple’s bedroom and removed all of their jewelry and credit cards.

Following the theft, all three suspects left the home in an unknown direction. The couple later reported the incident to the 104th Precinct.

During its investigation, the 104th Precinct Detective Squad obtained surveillance camera footage from the Payless Shoe Source store at the Rego Center Mall showing two female suspects attempting to use one of the stolen credit cards in making a transaction.

The squad also obtained security video from the Outback Steakhouse at the Queens Place shopping center in Elmhurst showing the five suspects- a male and four females- trying to use a stolen credit card to pay their check.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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