2019-01-09 / Front Page


By Liz Goff

Cops Eye Video In Search For Burglary Suspect
Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad are reviewing surveillance video of a suspect wanted in connection with an early morning break-in at a Long Island City apartment building on December 29th, an NYPD spokesperson said.
Cops said the video captured the man walking into the building through a gated entrance on 35th Street near 37th Avenue at about 4 a.m. on December 29th and making his way to an unlocked bedroom window in the rear of the basement apartment.
That’s when the young mom, who was checking on her sleeping children, turned and came face-to-face with the man, who was standing inside the bedroom, the NYPD spokesperson said.
The brazen bandit lost his nerve when the woman screamed for her husband, police said. He bolted back out the window and fled in an unknown direction.
The NYPD did not immediately release a description of the suspect. No one was injured in the break-in, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Hunt Thief In $9K Handbag Heist
Police are searching for a man who tunneled through a sheetrock wall on the fourth floor of a Long Island City building on December 26th and made off with more than $9,000 in designer handbags.
Cops said the man entered the building at 47-09 30th Street at about 8:15 p.m. on December 26th and headed to the fourth-floor business, where he carved a hole in an office wall and fled with more than 20 designer handbags with a street value of $9,450.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance video to help identify and locate the suspect.
The man was wearing a black jacket, red shirt, black pants and black pants at the time of the break-in.
It is unclear what, if any, tools the suspect used to break through the sheetrock wall, an NYPD spokesperson said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Queens Flush Fixture Bandit Nabbed
A 44-year-old Rockland County man has been charged with burglary and other crimes in connection with a series of thefts from the restrooms of eight fast food and “casual” restaurants in Queens - including a Burger King Restaurant on 33rd Street and Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, where he struck twice in December 2018, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said..
Richard Mirable, of Congers, New York, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on December 28th on a complaint charging him with two counts of burglary and four counts of both petit larceny and criminal mischief.
According to the complaint, Mirable started his potty pilfering spree at about 12:55 p.m. on November 23, 2018, where he was seen on surveillance video entering a Wendy’s Restaurant in Ridgewood with a bag in hand.
Mirable didn’t even stop to order food before he “made a beeline for the rest rooms,” where he allegedly swiped toilet-flushing mechanisms worth $250 each, Brown said.
The store manager entered the Men’s room shortly after Mirable left the restaurant an noticed that the automatic flushing fixtures on both the men’s toilet and the urinal were missing, the complaint states. Mirable allegedly hit the same restaurant a second time on November 26th, according to the complaint.
Mirable struck again at about 4 p.m. on December 7th, when he was seen on surveillance video entering a restroom at a Burger King Restaurant at 33-10 Astoria Boulevard, carrying a shoulder bag, the complaint states.
Mirable was seen on the surveillance leaving the restroom 10 minutes later, carrying the bag containing flushing fixtures for both the men’s toilet and the urinal, the complaint states. Mirable allegedly returned to the Astoria restaurant on December 28th, where he repeated the theft, the complaint states.
Mirable, who appeared to be drunk during some of the heists, is also accused of stealing toilet fixtures from Arby’s restaurants in Middle Village and Fresh Meadows, A Bean & Bean in Flushing and a second Wendy’s restaurant in Middle Village during the crime spree that ended with his arrest.
Mirable, who has a history of 13 prior arrests including three in October 2018 for drug possession, was arrested on November 30th for possession of burglar’s tools, on December 4th for grand larceny and on December 27th for driving without a license. He was arrested on December 28th on charges contained in the criminal complaint.
Mirable was held on lieu of $25,000 bail at his arraignment and was due back in court on January 9th.

Man Wanted In Purse Robberies
Police are searching for a man who stole purses containing cash and credit cards from two women at convenience stores in Queens since October 19th.
Cops said the man entered a 7-Eleven store at 107-40 Queens Boulevard on October 19th, where he swiped the purse of a 53-year-old female employee that contained $714 cash, credit cards and a cell phone.
The credit cards were later used for unauthorized purchases at local retail shops totaling approximately $700, police said.
The same man struck again on October 27th, when he stole a purse containing cash and credit cards from a 52-year-old female employee at a Jackson Heights convenience store, police said.
The credit cards were later used to make unauthorized purchases totaling approximately $200, police said.
The suspect is described as a black male about 25-years-old, 5-feet, 10-inches tall and 180 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a green, white and back hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants during both robberies.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Christmas Tragedy
A 60-year-old Elmhurst man crashed his car on Roosevelt Avenue on Christmas Day, after he suffered a fatal cardiac episode, fire officials said.
Wilfredo Alvarez was traveling west on Roosevelt Avenue in his 1991 Honda Civic at about 1:20 a.m. on December 25th, when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a Toyota RAV 4 that was parked at Elbertson Street, police said.
Police responding to 911 calls discovered Alvarez with signs of body trauma, unconscious and unresponsive inside the Honda, an NYPD spokesperson said.
Alvarez was pronounced dead on arrival at Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Wheelchair Grinch Arrested
Police arrested a 34-year-old homeless woman on New Year’s Eve, one week after she stole a custom wheelchair that belonged to a disabled Jackson Heights teenager.
Antonia Molina said her non-verbal daughter, Michelle, suffers from Rett Syndrome and relies on the customized wheelchair to get around. The wheelchair is too heavy to lift to the family’s second-floor apartment, so each night she chains the wheelchair to a fence outside their Jackson Heights home, Molina said.
Cops said Molina covered the wheelchair with plastic, locked it to a chain on the fence and left for work as a home health aide on Christmas Day. When she returned home at about 9 p.m., she realized someone had cut the chain and stolen the wheelchair, police said. Molina said Michelle was heartbroken when she learned that the chair was stolen. “She can’t understand why anyone would take it.”
Molina said her daughter had been sing a borrowed wheelchair since hers was stolen. “She gets around, but it doesn’t meet her needs,” Molina said.
Police recovered the wheelchair when they arrested Martinez on December 31st, an NYPD spokesperson said.
The homeless woman was charged with larceny and possession of stolen property at her arraignment at Queens Criminal Court, where she was held on lieu of $25,000 baol.
“Michelle was thrilled to get her wheelchair back,” a police source said. “And it’s a great feeling for the officers who got it back.”

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