Thursday, July 24, 2008

Three Caught Breaking Into Ridgewood Apartment

Crime Report Includes Incidents in Maspeth and Middle Village

By Conor Greene

Police arrested three suspects who were caught exiting a Ridgewood home carrying stolen items worth hundreds of dollars. The 104th Precinct’s Anti Crime Team responding to a 911 call arrived at a three-family house on Cornelia Street at 2:40 p.m. last Wednesday just as two men were exiting through a rear second-floor window, according to police.

Sgt. Robert Krohley and Officers Anthony Burzotta and Danielle Clifford immediately took Prabhjit Singh, 22 and Anthony Manon, 20 into custody. The suspects were carrying several canvass bags containing thousands of dollars in items stolen from the two residences within the house, said police.

Also arrested was Amanda Cruz, 20, who was outside the house acting as a lookout when police arrived. No one was inside the homes at the time of the burglaries, which took place on Cornelia Street between Woodward and Onderdonk avenues.

Among the items taken from the second-and third-floor residences was a 32-inch flat screen television worth about $750, a PSP video game system valued at $400, an X-Box worth $500, along with about $1,000 in video games, a $150 gold watch, a $300 silver chain, a GPS system worth $300, according to police.

The three suspects were charged with burglary and possession of stolen property. Cruz and Singh were ordered held on $10,000 bail during their initial court appearance on July 18 and ordered back in Queens Criminal Court on August 1, according to records. Manon was ordered held on $75,000 bail and is due back in court on August 18. All are from the area, according to police.

Ex-Girlfriend Charged in Burglary

A 38-year-old woman has been charged with breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s apartment and damaging his property, according to police.

Dawn Rivera was arrested last Friday at her 58th Road home after allegedly breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s home on 54th Street. She was seen entering the home and is accused with damaging several items before fleeing in a taxi cab, according to the 104th Precinct.

Following an investigation, police tracked Rivera to her home on 58th Road. When officers arrived, Rivera tried to escape by climbing out the back window, but was taken into custody in her rear yard. Several items taken from the victim’s house were found in her home, said police.

Rivera was charged with burglary and criminal possession of stolen property. She posted $1,000 cash bail at her first appearance in Queens Criminal Court and is due back on August 6.

Five Nabbed in Middle Village Burglary

Five individuals pretending to wait for a bus on 80th Street were charged in connection with a home break-in Tuesday evening, according to police.

Police received a report of a home burglary on 60th Avenue near the corner of 83rd Street at 6:25 p.m. Officer Geemaayi Simmons responded and eventually located five men waiting at a bus stop on 80th Street. None of the men had any money or MetroCards on them, and the witness who reported the burglary was able to identify the men, said police.

It was later determined that one of the men broke into the house by forcing open a locked back door. He then stole a laptop, which he placed inside a Louis Vitton handbag also taken from the home, said police. The stolen items were later recovered from a garbage can on 83rd Street.

Charged in the burglary were John Yanez, Joan Castro, Jonathan Rojas, Christian Perez, and Kenneth Rojas. All are between 17 and 19 years old, according to police.

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