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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 He then fled with the 72-year-old woman’s handbag, which contained more than $1,000 that had just been withdrawn from the bank.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 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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Burglar wanted for stealing $5K in jewelry from Ozone Park home


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A man stole thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry during a midday burglary on Saturday at an Ozone Park home, police said.

The burglar was able to enter the residence through an unlocked first-floor bedroom window, cops said.

Once inside, he took about $5,000 in jewelry from the top of a dresser 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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Video captures Flushing apartment burglar


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A burglar broke into a Flushing apartment, making off with the resident’s cash and jewelry, police said.

The suspect entered the home, near the Murray Hill Long Island Rail Road station, through a window about 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, according to authorities. He then took $200 and a necklace.


Police have released video footage of the suspect during the time of the burglary.

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 suspect who broke into Tequila Sunrise


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A man smashed the front door of a Long Island City Mexican restaurant before taking off with hundreds in cash, police said.

The suspect made his way into the eatery, Tequila Sunrise, at 40-01 Northern Blvd., about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 24 after breaking the glass front door with an unspecified object, authorities said.

Once inside, he took about $350 from a cash register before fleeing.

Police have released video surveillance footage of the suspect taken inside the restaurant.

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 shot after attacking officer: NYPD


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A 19-year-old man was shot during a Jamaica home invasion on Monday after he attacked a police officer, authorities said.

When cops arrived at the scene of the burglary on 142nd Street near 109th Avenue about 1:10 p.m., they heard a woman screaming for help from the home’s second floor, police said. Inside, they confronted the burglar, Leighton Friday, in the living room.

Friday then struck one of the officers in the head with a metal object, possibly a crowbar or a hammer, according to published reports. The injured officer and a second officer fired their guns at him, striking Friday in the wrist and thigh.

The officer was transported to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Friday was also taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, authorities said. He has been charged with two counts of burglary, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

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Suspect wanted in connection to 21 Queens, Bronx commercial break-ins


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Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a string of citywide commercial burglaries.

In a total of 21 incidents, starting in June in Rosedale and most recently occurring on Oct. 20 in the Bronx, at least one suspect broke into commercial establishments via the roof, side or rear doors, or ventilation ducts while the business were closed, according authorities. Money from the cash register and broken-into ATMs, as well as miscellaneous items, such as cigarettes, were taken during the thefts.

In Queens, the burglaries have occurred in Laurelton, Broad Channel, Jamaica, Astoria, Queens Village, Bayside, Hollis, Glen Oaks, College Point, Richmond Hill and Flushing. The other break-ins all happened in the Bronx.

The NYPD has released surveillance photos of the male suspect wanted in an incident on Sept. 12 in Richmond Hill. During this burglary, at about 8 p.m. the suspect entered 88-24 Van Wyck Expressway via the roof, damaged the security system but did not remove any property, 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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Suspect stole $8K from truck parked on Astoria street: cops


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A man stole thousands in cash from a truck while the driver was making a delivery in Astoria last month, police said.

The suspect broke into the vehicle at about 3 p.m. on Sept. 27.

The 25-year-old driver parked the Hino truck on the corner of Broadway and 35th Street and was making a delivery to an area business when the suspect took $8,000 from the vehicle’s center console, authorities said.

Police said the suspect was wearing eyeglasses a knit hat and a blue sweatshirt at the time of the break-in.

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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Flushing burglars drive off with $48K in aircraft aluminum: police


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Cops are searching for two suspects who they say stole $48,000 worth of aircraft aluminum from a Flushing business on Saturday.

The pair apparently drove a van into the lot of S & L Aerospace Metals, at 120th Street near 28th Avenue around 7:40 a.m before taking off with the aluminum, authorities said.

According to its website, S & L Aerospace has been a “key supplier” to the aircraft industry since 1967.

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Police have released photos of the van the suspects were driving.

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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Fake Con Ed workers steal $70K from elderly Queens man’s home: cops


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Two suspects posing as Con Ed workers talked their way into a 78-year-old Queens man’s home and took off with $70,000, police said.

The pair, a man and a woman, went to the victim’s 74th Avenue home just after noon on Sept. 10 and told him they needed to check his fuse box, cops said. He let them inside, and the suspects went into the basement, where they checked the fuse box, plugged a light into a receptacle and told the victim to wait for the light to change color.

While the woman and the victim waited in the basement, the other suspect went upstairs and took $70,000 from the victim’s dresser, according to authorities. The two suspects then fled the scene.


Both suspects are described as about 40 years-old and the man is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.

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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Suspects stole liquor from Bohemian Hall Beer Garden: police


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Cops are searching for three suspects who swiped several bottles of liquor from Astoria‘s Bohemian Hall Beer Garden earlier this week.

On Tuesday, around 2:30 a.m., two of the suspects jumped the fence of the beer garden, at 29-19 24th Ave., while the third stood as a lookout. The pair then made their way inside and removed bottles of vodka, tequila, bourbon, scotch, rum and gin, according to police. All three fled the scene together.

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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Burglary spree hits LIC restaurants


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Updated Friday, July 11, 1:05 p.m.

A burglary suspect has broken into five Long Island City restaurants and bars since June, getting away with cash and electronics, cops said.

The crime spree started on June 11 at Andre’s Pizza, located on 40th Avenue. The suspect took $20 from the restaurant’s cash register by breaking through the glass front door police said.

He then allegedly used the same method to break into Manducatis Rustica, on Vernon Boulevard during the early morning hours of June 22. The burglar stole two iPads, two iPad minis and $700 in cash, according to authorities.

The suspect also took a Galaxy 10 electronic tablet and $100 from Woodbines on Vernon Boulevard three days later, and $850 from on June 27 the Seattle Café, on Queens Boulevard, cops said.

During the latest incident, around 4:20 a.m. on July 4, the suspect attempted to burglarize the LIC Bar, on Vernon Boulevard, by entering through a window, but fled before he could take anything, according to police.

Jeff Blath, owner of Alobar, on Vernon Boulevard, believes the same suspect that tried to burglarize LIC Bar may have attempted to break into his restaurant just minutes earlier.

According to the establishment’s security footage and a porter who watches the eatery, around 3:50 a.m. a man, wearing similar clothing, used a glass bottle to hit Alobar’s door several times before stumbling backwards and walking away.

The man damaged the door and was caught on camera heading in the direction of LIC Bar, just two blocks down the street, Blath said.

He reported the incident to police, but said it isn’t considered an attempted burglary, just criminal mischief.

Blath, who opened Alobar three years ago and has lived in Long Island City for seven years, said the recent crime spree is a “very rare occurrence” in the area.

“I do know this neighborhood is becoming known for its restaurants and bars, and it may draw positive and negative attention,” he said.

 

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Police looking for Richmond Hill serial burglar


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Cops are looking for a serial burglar who has broken into at least three Richmond Hill apartments within the last month and stolen thousands of dollars in cash and property.

The suspect’s latest burglary occurred on May 6 at about 11:30 a.m. near Jamaica Avenue and 113th Street, authorities said. He entered the apartment and removed $1,000, a laptop, two watches and a Samsung tablet.

A week earlier, on May 2, the suspect entered a residence near Jamaica Avenue and 108th Street at about 9 a.m. and took $2,000, a wedding band and comic books, cops said.

Police also said the suspect broke into an apartment near Jamaica Avenue and 123rd street at 8:50 a.m. on April 24 and stole two watches, a necklace and earrings.

None of the victims were home during the robberies, cops 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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Cops looking for suspect in Forest Hills pizzeria burglary


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Police are searching for a burglar who they say stole cash from a Forest Hills pizzeria last week by breaking into the business through a rooftop window.

The burglary took place about 2 a.m.  on May 6 at 71-37 Austin St.,  cops 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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$12K stolen from Astoria social club


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Two suspects swiped thousands in cash from an Astoria social club, cops said.

The theft took place about 2 a.m. Monday at the Unity Gallega of the United States club located on 31st Avenue near 37th Street, according to police.

The pair stole a total of $12,000 before fleeing, officials 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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Man burglarizes Astoria apartment for Apple products


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Cops are looking for a man who entered an Astoria apartment Tuesday and stole an Apple iPhone, iPad mini, an iPod touch, and a Macbook.

After swiping the Apple tech, he then stole jewelry and an undetermined amount of money, police said, and even took a green bag that was in the apartment to carry the load of items.

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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