Cleaning Lady Sells Stolen Jewelry
A 29-year-old Corona woman is facing up to seven years in prison after she swiped thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a Ridgewood home where she was working as a cleaning lady.
Gladys Chaico is alleged to have stolen two bracelets, five rings, one charm and a chain valued at $3,000 on May 4 from a kitchen drawer at the home. Chaico later sold the items to a Roosevelt Avenue pawn shop, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Chaico was charged with grand larceny at her arraignment at Queens Criminal Court where she was released without bail.
Police sources said Chaico told investigators she had some friends sell the items to the pawn shop for $4,500.
Find Corpse In Vacant Home
Police responding last week to a 911 call at an abandoned home on Junction Boulevard in Corona found the body of a 49-year-old homeless man. Neighbors told police they had been complaining to city officials about the decrepit house for years.
The front yard of the three-story home is covered with weeds, trash and shopping carts that belong to a number of homeless people that live in the building, police sources said.
Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy by the city Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death of the man found in the building.
Hunt Bar-Beat Suspects
Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate two suspects who brutally beat and slashed a man on May 31 during a brawl outside a Rego Park bar.
Police said the brawl started at about 8 a.m. on May 31 when the victim started arguing with one of the suspects as they were leaving the Queens Boulevard bar.
The second suspect used a sharp object to slash the victim across the face, police said. Several stitches were needed to close the gash on the victim’s face.
The suspects fled the scene immediately after the slashing.
Police are urging anyone with information on the two suspects to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Man Charged In Cane Attack
Police arrested a 45-year-old Manhattan man on June 3 after he used his cane to smash a windshield wiper on a city bus, authorities said.
Investigators are still trying to determine why Dwayne Franklin slammed his cane into a windshield wiper on a Q45 bus in East Elmhurst. The attack caused $250 worth of damage to the wiper and the windshield, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
When police asked Franklin to put down the cane he refused to do so, Brown said. Franklin scuffled with the cops, who were forced to mace and handcuff him to make the arrest.
Franklin was charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court, where he was released without bail.