By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested two men for alleged package burglaries from a number of buildings inside Stuyvesant Town during the early morning hours of Christmas Day last week.
Police said that 19-year-old Rahul Cuya and 32-year-old Justin Irizarry broke into six different buildings between the hours of 1 and 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, December 25 and took packages from the lobbies.
Cuya and Irizarry allegedly got inside 245 Avenue C at 1 a.m. and stole packages from inside the building. Shortly after that, the two men reportedly got into 277 Avenue C and stole packages. Police said that Cuya and Irizarry got into 651 East 14th Street around 1:15 a.m. and stole packages from that building before breaking into 271 Avenue C and allegedly stealing packages from inside that building as well. Police said that the two suspects also got inside 281 Avenue C and 645 East 14th Street around 1:40 a.m.
Cuya was arrested inside 651 East 14th Street on Christmas at 1:43 a.m. and Irizarry was caught the following day on December 26 at 9:54 p.m.
Police said that the two men were charged with the additional burglaries after they were initially arrested and Stuyvesant Town public safety reviewed the surveillance video, reportedly recognizing the two men in previous burglaries that were caught on tape.
Both suspects were charged with burglary. Attorneys for Cuya and Irizarry did not respond to a request for comment by Town & Village’s press time.