2016-11-02 / Front Page

Botched Break-In Leads To Astoria Drug Bust

By Liz Goff
A botched break-in by two goblins at an Astoria home on October 7 led cops to a big drug bust, police said.

Cops said two men wearing green and red goblin masks attempted to break into a home at 30-44 32nd Street on October 7. Officers who responded to the scene uncovered a scary amount of marijuana and other controlled substances at the home, police said.

Cops returned to the home with a search warrant in the early morning hours of October 8, where they seized more than three pounds of marijuana, 18 grams of mushrooms, assorted drug paraphernalia, a pistol and a stun gun at the home, police said.

Residents Robert Yopp and Natalie Manietti were each charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, sale and distribution of synthetic cannabis, two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Yopp and Manietti are each facing up to 25-years in prison, if convicted.

Dep. Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 114th Precinct, said investigators believe the botched Otober 7 break-in was part of a burglary pattern operating within the command.

Fortune said the same two suspects headed to the Dutch Kills neighborhood later in the day on October 7, where they tried to hold up a Holiday Inn at 39-05 29th Street.

The suspects entered the hotel and demanded that a front desk clerk open a safe at the hotel, police said. When the clerk hesitated, the suspects fled empty-handed.

Fortune said investigators believe the botched Astoria break-in was drug related, but it is unclear if that crime is connected to the attempted hotel robbery.

“We have deployed our plainclothes officers in and around both areas,” Fortune said. “And we are working with our detective squad to determine if there is a connection between the two locations.”.

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