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Fake 911 call backfires for Howard Beach burglary suspect


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Instead of driving the police away with a fake emergency call, a suspected burglar wound up bringing more cops to his Hamilton Beach block Thursday afternoon.

Keith Kolm, 25, of 164th Road, allegedly broke into the Key Food supermarket at 163-30 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach at 6 a.m. on April 6 and stole the shop’s ATM.

Through an investigation, the 106th Precinct Detective Squad linked Kolm to the crime and “plastered the neighborhood” with wanted posters featuring his mugshot, one law enforcement source said. Plainclothes officers staked out the suspect’s home for several weeks, but he never surfaced.

At about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police received a 911 call regarding an officer in need of assistance at the corner of Linden Boulevard and the Van Wyck Expressway service road in South Ozone Park, authorities said.

While heading to the scene with other units, an on-duty supervisor requested the location of where the 911 call was made; police learned that the call came from a cellphone in Hamilton Beach.

Plainclothes officers stationed outside Kolm’s home activated their sirens and drove around the corner, according to authorities. After a few moments, they returned to the location and observed Kolm walking outside his home.

“That call was placed so he could get out of the house,” a law enforcement source said.

Kolm then led officers on a foot pursuit through Hamilton Beach streets and backyards, prompting additional NYPD units to respond to the area, police said. At about 4:30 p.m., officers apprehended Kolm on the rooftop of a home in the area of 104th Street and 163rd Drive.

Charges against Kolm are pending.

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Burglar steals thousands in cash, lotto cards from Ozone Park bodega: cops


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Police are looking for a burglary suspect who got away with $4,500 in cash and thousands more in scratch-off lottery tickets from a corner bodega in Ozone Park on Wednesday.

The suspect entered AK Family Deli/Grocery on 101st Avenue at 98th Street at about 4:30 a.m. and took the money and lottery cards, which had a total value of $3,000, cops said. He then fled in an unknown direction.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male who was wearing a black baseball cap, red sneakers, blue jacket and blue jeans.

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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Video captures $16K Ozone Park burglary


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Two burglars are suspected of stealing more than $26,000 in cash from three businesses in Ozone Park and Woodhaven since late March, cops said.

One of the suspects was caught on video during the first break-in at about 3:30 a.m. on March 18 at Fortune Hut, located at 76-11 101st Ave. in Ozone Park, authorities said. The crooks cut a hole through a rear door and stole $16,000 in cash.

On March 30, between 4:20 and 6:45 a.m., there was another burglary in Ozone Park at a grocery store at 86-02 101st Ave., according to police. After prying open the side door, at least one of the suspects took about $10,000 in cash, cigarettes and phone cards.

The duo is also wanted in an April 3 theft between about 3 and 4 a.m. at a Woodhaven food store, cops said. At least one of the suspects entered the Golden Mango, located at 81-05 Rockaway Blvd., by breaking the rear window and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash.


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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Alleged Maspeth pizzeria, Ridgewood drugstore burglars picked up by cops


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Detectives delivered two suspected burglars to jail for allegedly breaking into a Maspeth pizzeria and a Ridgewood drugstore last month, authorities said.

According to the Queens district attorney’s office, Bushwick’s Charles Viacava, 48, and Jamaica’s Pedro Alicea, 43, were allegedly caught on security camera video burglarizing Pronto Pizza located at 52-03 Metropolitan Ave. on the evening of March 24 and the Rite-Med Pharmacy at 311 St. Nicholas Ave. on the night of March 31.

During the pizzeria burglary, Viacava and Alicea allegedly threw a brick through a glass window and removed the cash register, police said.

Authorities said the suspects did the same thing at the Rite-Med store, smashing a front window with a brick before getting inside and then ultimately stealing a cash register.

Following an investigation, the 104th Precinct Detective Squad tracked down Viacava and Alicea and, after questioning, took them into custody on Saturday. They were both charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and two counts of criminal mischief.

Both suspects were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Sunday morning before Judge William Harrington, who set Viacava’s bail at $35,000 and ordered Alicea held on $25,000 bail. The alleged burglars are due back in court on April 13.

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Two men wanted in series of burglaries at Astoria community center


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Two men burglarized an Astoria community center over several days, getting away with pricey electronic items, according to authorities.

The burglaries occurred at the HANAC Community Services Center at 23-16 30th Ave. starting on March 6.

At about 10:30 a.m. that day, police said, the suspects — who are both described as being in their 20s — entered an office at the center and took an iPad 2.


The same two suspects returned to the center on March 8 at about 9 a.m. and stole a Sony camera and two more iPad 2s.

The following day, just after 8 a.m., according to police, the pair then broke into the center by prying open a rear window and grabbed some gift cards and assorted tools.

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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Suspect arrested in string of LIC, Astoria restaurant break-ins


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One man’s burglary spree has come to an end, as officers of the 114th and 108th precincts worked together to arrest him for allegedly breaking into businesses overnight in Long Island City and Astoria dating back to last June.

According to court records, each time 40-year-old Shameek Dunbar would break into the establishments through either a door or window, and once inside would take money, ranging from $20 to $1,000, from cash registers.

Dunbar was arrested on Feb. 25 at his home in Queensbridge when forensics evidence linked him to one of four burglaries in the confines of the 114th Precinct, a police source said.

Subsequent investigation linked him to seven more burglaries, these in the confines of the 108th Precinct.

“This was fantastic detective work,” said Capt. John Travaglia, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct. “It was good working together from both precincts.”

Criminal complaints detailed nine of the 11 incidents:

  • Between June 10, 2014, at 9 p.m. and June 11 at 9:30 a.m., Dunbar broke into Andres Pizza located at 25-19 40th Ave. through a glass door. He is observed through surveillance footage cutting wires on a cash register, worth about $450. The store owner alleges that $20 was taken from the register.
  • On Oct. 24, 2014, Dunbar broke into Tequila Sunrise located at 40-01 Northern Blvd. through a side window. The owner alleged $350 was taken from a cash register.
  • Between Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3:12 a.m., the suspect entered Barista at 11-11 44th Rd. through a front glass door. Surveillance footage shows Dunbar throwing a rock at the door. He later took money.
  • On Jan. 2 between 3:04 and 4:18 a.m. Dunbar entered Hu Department Store located at 47-09 Northern Blvd. through the front door. Although the store owner alleged $1,000 was missing from the register, Dunbar said he tried to open the register but couldn’t and then left.
  • Between Jan. 18 at 11 p.m. and Jan. 19 at 4 a.m. Dunbar entered a business at 47-29 Vernon Blvd. through a window and surveillance shows him trying to pry open a register.
  • On Jan. 24 between 3:35 a.m. and 4:05 a.m. Dunbar broke into Pachanga Patterson located at 33-17 31st Ave. The store owner alleges $200 was missing from a cash register.
  • Between Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3:17 a.m. the suspect broke into Petey’s Burger at 46-46 Vernon Blvd. through a side window. Surveillance footage shows him prying open a register and taking money.
  • Between Feb. 12 at 8:30 a.m. and Feb. 13 at 11:45 a.m., the suspect entered Breadbox Café at 47-11 11th St. through a door. He the used a screwdriver to pry open a register and took $300.
  • Between Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 3:45 a.m. the suspect entered Mix Nail Salon at 44-68 21st St. through the glass front door. Surveillance video shows the suspect entering the location, prying open a register and taking money.

Dunbar is facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of burglar tools, petit larceny, and for one of the incidents a charge of grand larceny.

He is due back in Queens Criminal Court on April 9. 

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Pair steals $3K, diamond ring from Malba home: NYPD


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Police have released video footage of a man who broke into a Malba home last month with the help of a female accomplice and a furry friend.

The suspect approached the residence on Parsons Boulevard near Summit Place on Feb. 25 about 9:30 a.m. while walking with a small dog and rang the doorbell, cops said. A female suspect then pulled up in a 2015 white Hyundai Santa Fe and the two walked to the rear of the home.

They then broke the glass sliding door and allegedly took a diamond ring and $3,000 in cash from inside the home.


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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Suspected shooter cuffed after opening fire on cops in Maspeth


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Anthony Giudice

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m. 

An unidentified gunman was taken into custody moments after he allegedly turned his weapon on police officers responding to a Maspeth emergency Monday morning.

Law enforcement sources said the shots were fired at about 8:20 a.m. as 104th Precinct officers visited a home on 56th Avenue off 60th Street.

Moments earlier, authorities said, police received a call regarding a “man with a gun” at the location.

When the officers arrived at the home, police stated, the suspect — described as a white male in his 20s — fired shots at the officers. No one, however, was hit.

The incident led to a massive police response and search. Within moments, police officers ordered the suspect to drop his firearm; he reportedly complied and was taken into custody.

The gun was recovered, but police did not disclose the type of weapon.

Five officers were also brought to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries suffered while responding to the shooting.

Charges against the shooter are pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

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Philadelphia man arrested for killing aunt at her Queens Village home


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Updated Sunday, March 15, 11:21 a.m. 

The NYPD charged a Philadelphia man with stabbing his aunt to death with an ice pick inside her Queens Village home last October, authorities said.

Richie Desauguste, 27, was booked on second-degree murder and weapons possession charges for the Oct. 24, 2014, murder of Rose Ragsdale, 66, of 105th Avenue, police announced early Saturday.

Ragsdale was asleep in her bedroom just before 3:20 a.m. that morning when she awoke and spotted a masked intruder, according to police.

When Ragsdale screamed, Desauguste allegedly pulled out an ice pick and stabbed her in the chest and arm. He fled the home but dropped the ice pick at the scene.

Ragsdale, a school bus matron, was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Detectives located Desauguste inside an Applebee’s restaurant at 1710 Hempstead Tpke. in Elmont on Thursday, police sources said. He was subsequently charged with Ragsdale’s murder following questioning.

Police said a family dispute over money may have been the motive in Ragsdale’s killing.

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Cops seek suspects in Forest Hills, Rego Park business burglaries


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police have released a photo of a man wanted for questioning in a burglary pattern at businesses in Rego Park and Forest Hills dating back to January.

The most recent burglary occurred on March 4 at the Key Food supermarket at 92-02 63rd Dr. in Rego Park after breaking into the market’s side door, police said.

Authorities said the crooks also visited that day the Da Mikelle II Restaurant, located at 102-53 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, broke through a rear door and removed an undetermined amount of money.

The person of interest is pictured in a security camera image taken at a nearby 7-Eleven shortly after the March 4 burglaries, authorities said.

Police described the six other incidents in the burglary pattern as follows:

  • On Jan. 24, the burglars broke through the rear wall of the Knish Nosh restaurant at 100-30 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills and removed kitchen utensils and cash.
  • The following day, Jan. 25, burglars broke through the rear door of the Midorinatsu Hibachi restaurant at 111-16 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills and stole cash, an ASIS laptop computer and two safe boxes.
  • On Feb. 18, the suspects entered through a skylight at the Rainbow store at 63-22 Austin St. in Rego Park and removed assorted drugs.
  • On Feb. 26, the burglars unsuccessfully attempted to break through the rear door of Colony Drugs and Surgical at 103-19 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.
  • The next day, Feb. 27, the crooks also failed in attempts to break into two Rego Park restaurants: Vstrecha at 98-98 Queens Blvd. and Nasicha at 98-92 63rd Dr.

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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Suspect wanted in burglary of Flushing auto repair shop


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a man wanted in connection to a burglary of a Flushing auto repair shop on Valentine’s Day.

The suspect, described as a man in his 20s, forced his way into 43 Auto Service, located at 133-28 32nd Ave., on Feb. 14 at about 1:22 a.m. by using a wooden pallet as a ladder and breaking into the side window, cops said. Once inside, he removed an undetermined amount of money and various New York State inspection stickers.

He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and gloves.

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 steals inspection stickers from Woodside car dealership: NYPD


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It’s a case of grand theft auto sticker.

Police have released video footage of a man who they say stole nearly 50 inspection stickers from the service shop office of a Woodside car dealership.

The burglary took place at Koeppel Volkswagen, located at 57-01 Northern Blvd., about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.

After entering the office, the suspect took 48 New York State Emissions/Safety Inspection stickers, police said.

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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Video captures Kew Gardens Hills synagogue burglars


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Police have released video footage of a burglary at a Kew Gardens Hills synagogue, where cash was stolen in the early morning hours of Dec. 25.

The two suspects entered the synagogue on 70th Road near 147th Street sometime between 5 and 8:30 a.m. through an open door, cops said. They then took an undetermined amount of money from a box inside the building.


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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Astoria bakery gets burglarized twice within one week: cops


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In less than one week, a burglar targeted the same Astoria bakery twice, stealing nearly $2,000, authorities said.

The business, Parisi Bakery, at 30-17 Broadway, was first hit at 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 27. It was burglarized again at 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to police.

During both burglaries, the suspect broke into the bakery, went behind the counter and took money from the cash register. In total, $1,900 was taken, authorities said.

Police have released a video of the suspect.


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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Manhattan man faces 11 years in prison for robbing three elderly Queens women


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A Manhattan man will soon be sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to two separate Queens home invasions, involving three women, one as old as 97, according to the district attorney’s office.

“One’s home is their castle and should be a place of refuge and safety, not a crime scene,” District Attorney Richard Brown said. “In robbing his victims inside their homes, the defendant stole more than just money and personal property—he stole his victims’ security.”

Salvador Morales, 59, pleaded guilty on Monday, to first- and second-degree burglary before Queens Supreme Court Justice Elise Koenderman, prosecutors said. The judge indicated she would sentence Morales to 11 years in prison on Jan. 23.

Morales, in pleading guilty, admitted to the two home invasions, where he targeted three women, ages 72, 73 and 97.

On April 5, he followed the two younger victims from a HSBC bank branch on Kissena Boulevard to their Flushing apartment, according to the district attorney. Morales, who was wearing a yellow construction helmet, white surgical mask and white surgical tape on several fingers, entered their apartment and pushed them to the floor. He then fled with the 72-year-old woman’s handbag, which contained more than $1,000 that had just been withdrawn from the bank. The other woman was taken to the hospital with a fractured leg.

Morales targeted his third victim on April 19 by also following the 97-year-old woman into her building, Brown said. Wearing a surgical mask, Morales entered her Sunnyside apartment by pretending he had been sent by the landlord to check for leaks. Once inside, he got her to take out a large envelope full of cash by asking if she had change for a $100 bill, and then convinced her to take off her rings while checking the faucet. While she wasn’t looking, he fled the apartment with the rings and the envelope, which contained $700 in cash.

Surveillance video helped in identifying Morales as the surgical mask-wearing thief, according to the district attorney’s office. The footage captured him at the sites of both home invasions and at his residence wearing the clothing described by the victims.

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