2010-08-25 / Front Page
Hunt Suspect In Burglaries
Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect sought in connection with a string of commercial and residential burglaries in the Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village and Forest Hills and Rego Park communities. Police said the suspect enters locations by breaking a window, rifles through possessions and grabs available cash before fleeing the premises. The suspect struck first on June 20 at the Hi-5 Bar & Grill on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood and a Carvel ice cream shop at 103-21 Metropolitan Ave. in Woodhaven, where he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police believe the same suspect is responsible for a June 29 break-in at Wafa’s at 96-08 72nd Ave. in Forest Hills, a July 16 burglary at the Patron Mexican Restaurant at 66-35 Grand Ave. in Maspeth, and with two July 17 break-ins at 78-15 Metropolitan Ave. in Woodhaven and 71-20 Fresh Pond Rd. in Middle Village. The suspect is described as a black male, 26 to 32 years old, with a moustache and buzz cut. Investigators said the suspect weighs approximately 150 to 160 pounds. His height is undetermined. Anyone with information is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.org.
Seek Info On Bank Bandit
Police in Fresh Meadows are searching for a suspect in connection with an August 14 holdup at a local bank.
Cops said the bandit entered the Queens County Savings Bank branch at 61-49 188th St. at about noon on August 14 and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the bandit, who fled in an unknown direction.The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie and sunglasses at the time of the holdup, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.org.
Cops Seek To Identify Woman
Police at the 108th Precinct are seeking help from the public to identify an elderly woman who was found walking the streets of Sunnyside on August 18. Cops said passersby who spotted the woman at Queens Boulevard and 49th Street at about 5 p.m. on August 18 called police for assistance. Police took the woman, who speaks only Spanish, to a local hospital for observation. Police said the woman appeared to be in good physical condition and that it did not appear that she had been on the street for a long period of time. The woman is described as about 70 years old, 5 feet tall and weighing about 100 pounds. She was wearing a blue jacket, red dress and red shoes when she was spotted by the Good Samaritans, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Bank Bandit Nabbed
A 26-year-old Forest Hills man found himself behind bars on August 11 after he allegedly held up a Chase Bank branch on Metropolitan Avenue. Police said James Colantuono entered the bank at about 2 p.m. where he told a teller he had a gun and demanded cash. The teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to Colantuono, who fled on foot. Police who arrived at the scene within minutes of a 911 call spotted Colantuono a short distance from the bank and arrested him, authorities said.