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Long Island man busted for Queens doorstep delivery thefts


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Detectives hauled a Great Neck man to jail last week for allegedly stealing packages delivered to the front steps of several Queens homes in recent months, prosecutors announced on Monday.

Yosef A. Loulai, 37, was arraigned June 5 on six separate criminal complaints that included petit larceny charges. He faces up to six years behind bars if convicted, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Reportedly, Loulai stole packages from six different homes across Queens between April 1 and June 3, moments after they were delivered by various parcel carriers. Several of the incidents were caught by nearby security cameras.

The incidents are as follows:

  • On April 1, he removed a package containing a pair of women’s shoes valued at $111 from a home on 179th Street in Fresh Meadows.
  • Hours later, Loulai allegedly went to a home three blocks away in Fresh Meadows and removed a box containing a bread maker, a book on acupuncture and a pain relief mat, worth a combined $140.
  • On April 8, he removed a box containing a $150 filter from a home on 202nd Street in Bayside.
  • Later that day, he removed a box containing $130 in action figures from a home on 214th Street in Oakland Gardens.
  • On May 5, he removed a box containing a $183 toilet from the front porch of a home on 210th Street in Queens Village.
  • On June 3, Loulai allegedly swiped a box containing seven shirts worth a combined $135 from a home on 257th Street in Bellerose.

A police officer reportedly witnessed the June 3 theft and stopped Loulai, who was charged with the pattern of thefts as a result of an NYPD Grand Larceny Division investigation.

Loulai remains held on $6,000 bond or $3,000 cash bail and is due back in court on July 30.

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Police looking for suspect in string of NYC cellphone store thefts


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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A cellphone thief has been swiping high-priced devices from stores around the city — including three businesses in Queens — for more than a year, police said.

Each time the male suspect steals a phone by cutting the security wires and grabbing the item before fleeing on foot, according to authorities.

Police say the crime spree started as far back as December 8, 2013, at an AT&T store located at 39-15 Main St. in Flushing, where the suspect took a Samsung Galaxy Note II.

The same man didn’t strike again until August 4, 2014, when he allegedly took a Samsung Galaxy S4 from another AT&T store, located at 30-67 Steinway St. in Astoria.

He returned to the same Main Street AT&T store on August 16 and February 4, stealing a Samsung Galaxy S5 both times.

The suspect is also accused of taking an iPhone and iPad from a T-Mobile store at 82-19 Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights on Jan. 5, along with an AT&T store on Canal Street in Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach in October. Police have released photos from the Jan. 5 incident.

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 searching for burglars in Astoria bicycle thefts


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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Cops are looking for a pair of suspects in connection with two bicycle burglaries in Astoria within a two-week period.

The most recent incident occurred near 30th Avenue and 37th Street on Thursday. At around 8:35 p.m. the suspects entered a residential building and forced open a door to a basement storage area, where they took a Trek mountain bike, police said.

In the first incident on June 17, the suspects were able to access an underground parking garage around 7:40 a.m. in a residential building on 35th Avenue and 20th Street, and stole a Cannondale mountain bike, which was chained to a rack, authorities said.

Police have released a video of the June 26 theft.

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 sought in series of Flushing street thefts


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a suspect wanted in a string of street thefts across Flushing, dating back to last fall.

In several of the robberies, the suspect punches the victim in the face before running off with the property, cops said.

The first incident occurred on November 12, 2012, near 31st Drive and 140th Street. The suspect approached the 58-year-old victim about 10: 15 p.m. as he was walking down the street, slugged him and attempted to take his property, police said. The perpetrator then fled before taking anything.

The suspect committed two more attempted robberies and six more thefts between November 3, 2013 and March 17 of this year.

Cops have released a photo connected to a Feb. 13 robbery near Maple Avenue and Main Street, where the suspect snatched a purse from a 40-year-old woman.

The photo shows the suspect entering a CVS store at 157-05 Cross Bay Blvd., then using the victim’s credit card to purchase items, according to officials.

 

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Cops arrest alleged catalytic converter thieves in Flushing


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Police arrested two men in Flushing for allegedly sawing catalytic converters off multiple trucks in a U-Haul storage lot.

The device — which contains precious metals inside, like platinum — has been the target of a costly new citywide crime trend.

Dwayne Longmore, 31, and Neil Stephens, 33, were arrested Jan. 4 and charged with grand larceny for allegedly removing eight catalytic converters out of the 36-30 College Point Blvd. lot, police said.

The stolen devices totaled nearly $5,000, according to Crime Prevention Officer Anthony Lo Verme of the 109th Precinct.

Executive Officer Captain Tommy Ng said the precinct has not seen other catalytic converter thefts since the arrests.

The 111th Precinct, which reported a spike in November and December, is also experiencing a lull in the crime this month, though other grand larcenies are spiking, Crime Prevention Officer Luigi Galano said.

Car thefts and vehicle break-ins in Bayside have increased, as drivers are still leaving valuables unattended and in plain view.

“It’s enough for us to realize there’s a problem,” Galano said.

The crimes are taking place near the Bayside Gables and from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue.

The NYPD said parking in well-lit areas near traffic, being aware of surroundings and checking on cars, even while at home, could help avoid thefts.

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Cops searching for suspect in Flushing store thefts


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a man suspected in a string of thefts at Flushing stores this month, the NYPD said.

The suspect stole a wallet at a cabinet store on 33rd Avenue on the afternoon of Jan. 2, and another wallet, containing $3,000 in cash, at a beauty salon on Union Street the following morning, police said.

On Jan. 14, he allegedly stole a purse containing two iPhones from a Sanford Avenue store, according to cops. He then allegedly took another iPhone from a telecommunications store at 136-84 Roosevelt Ave. the next day.

Police have released a photo from the Jan. 15 theft. The suspect is described as approximately 30 years old and medium build with brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black hat, black sneakers, blue jeans, and a black and gray North Face backpack.

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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Teen suspects wanted in J train cell phone thefts


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Three teenage robbery suspects have been targeting J train riders in Queens, police said.

The suspects allegedly first tried to rob a 22-year-old man aboard a subway at the 102nd Street and Jamaica Avenue subway station around 2 a.m. on Jan 9. They punched the man in the face, then went through his pockets, but were not able to take anything, cops said.

Three days later, at the 121st Street and Jamaica Avenue subway station, at about 6:40 p.m., they approached a woman on the J train and took her iPhone from her hand and fled on foot, cops said. The victim was not injured.

The trio then stole an iPhone from a 26-year-old woman aboard a J train at the 111th Street and Jamaica Avenue subway station at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 16., the NYPD said. The victim did not suffer any injuries.

Police have released video from the second incident along with a description of the suspects from that robbery.

The suspects are described as three black men in their late teens and approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches. The first suspect was last seen wearing a red winter jacket, dark pants and dark shoes; the second suspect was last seen wearing dark clothing; and the third suspect was last seen wearing a dark winter jacket, a gray or white hooded sweatshirt underneath 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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Man busted in city-wide manhole cover thefts


| jlane@queenscourier.com

The man behind the theft of manhole covers has been uncovered. Andrew Modica, 46, was arrested yesterday in connection with the numerous stolen manhole covers across the city, law enforcement sources told The Post this morning. Cops pulled Modica over in a stolen pickup truck near his home on 67th Street and 21st Avenue in Brooklyn after they tracked him down through a license plate and parking summons, sources said.

Modica has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and criminal impersonation.

Modica admitted to some of the manhole thefts from the streets across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, but claimed there were others he did not commit, sources said.

[New York Post]

‘Beats’ headphone thefts on the rise throughout NYC


| jlane@queenscourier.com

The city’s thugs have a new favorite to go with their stolen iPhones—stolen Dr. Dre headphones. The legendary rapper’s pricey, high-tech headphones, called “Beats by Dr. Dre,” are the new rage among bandits because they’re seen as “status symbols,” a police source said. Although they have yet to dethrone the iPhone as thieves’ top target, the headphones — which retail for $300 to $500 — are being snatched from kids at an alarming rate since the latest model hit the market around Christmas. Read More: New York Post