Vallone Blasts Bail For Astoria Burglary Suspect
Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. last week blasted the Queens judicial system for allowing a homeless career criminal to walk free on bail.
Vallone, who heads the City Council Public Safety Committee, voiced anger and concern after learning that Eldin Ahmetovic, 35, was released on $100,000 bail after his arrest in a pattern of burglaries in the Astoria area.
“I am warning the community that this dangerous individual is at large – and they need to still be aware of that,” Vallone said.
The Astoria lawmaker praised officers at the 114th Precinct for orchestrating Ahmetovic’s arrest, but criticized the judicial system that allowed his release on bail.
Vallone described Ahmetovic and his partner-in-crime, Yulia Bushuyeva, 32, as career criminals and called for long jail sentences for the pair.
Ahmetovic has so far been charged in seven of 12 burglaries in Astoria in a six-month period beginning in June 2011. He was released last week from Riker’s Island after a family member posted his bail, authorities said.
“No one knows where this very dangerous guy is right now,” Vallone said. “He’s back out there, so people need to remain alert – and cautious.”
Bushuyeva has been charged with three of the 12 burglaries and possession of stolen property, law enforcement sources said. Queens detectives last week also linked the Russian immigrant to a citywide burglary pattern, the sources said.
Bushuyeva is being held at Riker’s Island on an immigration-related warrant, a Department of Corrections spokesperson said.