Police Watch: Man arrested for office burglaries, fake Fed Ex worker arrested for package theft

MAN CHARGED WITH COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES IN FLATIRON
Police arrested 46-year-old Antonio Jones for alleged thefts and burglaries that took place inside 43 West 24th Street last weekend. Police said that Jones went to the fifth floor of the Flatiron building, occupied by Even Financial, on Saturday, August 18 at 4:38 a.m. and stole a laptop. Jones reported returned to the building the next night at 3:41 a.m. and took another laptop from the same office. Police said that he then went to the sixth floor of the building, occupied by Mighty Hive, and removed a computer from that office as well. He also allegedly entered the offices of Blackwood Seven on the seventh floor of the building but police said that he didn’t take anything from that office.
Jones was arrested inside the 13th Precinct on Tuesday, August 21 at 11:20 a.m. He was charged with burglary and attempted burglary.

FAKE FED EX WORKER ALLEGEDLY STOLE PACKAGE
Police arrested 48-year-old George Sciarrone for an alleged theft inside 69 West 14th Street on Thursday, August 23 at 8:21 p.m. Police said that Sciarrone was seen through a doorbell camera saying that he was a Fed Ex employee who needed access to 38 West 15th Street. He was able to gain entry to the building and police said that he removed a package there without permission. He was also seen exiting the building and allegedly opened the package and removed the contents. Sciarrone was charged with petit larceny and criminal trespass.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SMASHING DUANE READE DOOR
Police arrested 28-year-old Justin Benneate for alleged criminal mischief at the corner of Irving Place and East 18th Street on Wednesday, August 22 at 12:25 a.m. An officer was driving south on Third Avenue when he allegedly saw Benneate smashing a skateboard on the glass door of a Duane Reade near East 18th Street. Police said that the suspect then fled west on East 18th Street and when the officer drove around the block, he saw that Benneate was allegedly going inside Pete’s Tavern. The officer went into the restaurant and brought the suspect back to the scene, where witnesses identified him.

MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT AT EAST 23RD AND THE FDR
Police arrested 34-year-old John Paczynski for an alleged assault at the corner of East 23rd Street and the FDR on Saturday, August 25 at 3:45 a.m. Police said that the suspect punched the victim in the face, causing swelling and redness. No further information was available about what prompted the incident.

TEEN NABBED FOR SWIPING SANDWICHES
Police arrested a teenager for an alleged theft in front of Empire Gourmet Deli and Grocery at 432 Second Avenue on Saturday, August 25 at 7:48 p.m. The owner of the deli told police that four teenage girls walked into the store and attempted to pay for sandwiches, drinks and a pack of cookies with an American Express gift card. The card was declined and they reportedly ran out of the store with the sandwiches without paying. Police saw the suspects entering the McDonald’s at 348 East 23rd Street. Only one of the suspects was arrested and was identified by the owner of the store. The name of the teen is being withheld due to her young age. She was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

PAIR BUSTED FOR THEFTS FROM TJ MAXX
Police arrested 21-year-old Lisa Santana and 18-year-old Luis Santana for an alleged theft from the TJ Maxx at 620 Sixth Avenue on Thursday, August 23 at 4:13 p.m. Police said that the two suspects removed phone cases, accessories, screen protectors and a wallet from a rack in the store before allegedly attempting to leave without paying. The pair were charged with petit larceny.

MEN ARRESTED FOR CVS SHOPLIFTING
Police arrested 28-year-old Aaron Prince and 27-year-old Samuel Rosa for multiple alleged thefts last week. Police said that Prince and Rosa, along with a third person who wasn’t arrested, removed merchandise from the CVS Pharmacy at 253 First Avenue on Friday, August 24 at 11:56 a.m. and allegedly left without paying. Both men were later charged with additional petit larcenies related to a separate incident. Rosa and Prince were also charged with possession of stolen property.

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