Three men arrested for package thefts in Stuy Town

Packages at 441 E 20

Three men were arrested for allegedly stealing packages from Stuy Town (not the ones pictured from a past pileup).

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested three men for stealing packages in a Stuyvesant Town building this past Tuesday afternoon. Emicel Basurto, 29, Damon Barnes, 40, and Jemal Martin, 42, were busted inside 435 East 14th Street at 2:52 p.m. while allegedly going through packages that had been delivered to the building.

A representative for StuyTown Property Services said that a janitorial supervisor noticed a man fitting the description of an alleged package thief walking near East 14th Street and Avenue A with two other men. Management knew what the suspect looked like because of surveillance video taken at buildings where thefts had previously occurred.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Basurto could be seen on video surveillance entering 453 East 14th Street on December 27 around 4:30 p.m. He allegedly took an elevator upstairs and left shortly after, but police said that a package that had been confirmed delivered was not at her apartment when she got home.

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Men arrested for car break-in in ST

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A sign by an entrance in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Four men were arrested for thefts following an alleged car break-in in Stuyvesant Town last week. Nineteen-year-old Ronny Rocha, 20-year-old Raudelvin Then, 26-year-old Joselues Beatonu and 20-year-old Brayan Matos were busted at the corner of East 13th Street and Avenue C last Saturday at 4:30 a.m. after allegedly breaking into a car in front of 435 East 14th Street.

Police said they saw on video surveillance that the four men approached a table behind 280 First Avenue around 3:41 a.m. while carrying a purse. According to the District Attorney’s office, the men removed items from the bag, passing the items back and forth among themselves, before throwing the purse into the bushes behind the table.
The four men could also be seen on video surveillance a few minutes later at 3:47 a.m., while they were reportedly reaching into a car through the broken front passenger’s side window in front of 435 East 14th Street. Rocha could allegedly be seen going through a bag in the car and removing property, but it was unknown if Then, Beatonu and Matos took property from the car.

Police said that when he was arrested, Matos was in possession of one of the victim’s credit cards. No further information was available on where the discarded purse was allegedly stolen from.

Rocha, Then, Beatonu and Matos were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and attempted petit larceny.

Lawyers for the four men did not respond to a request for comment before T&V’s deadline.

Tenant welcome center to open in Stuy Town

By Sabina Mollot

Residents lately have noticed the installation of a new entrance to 250 First Avenue, and have been wondering as to the reason. According to a permit application approved by the Department of Buildings in February to renovate cellar space, the building is to soon house a resident welcome center. The project had an estimated cost of $25,000.

CWCapital spokesperson Brian Moriarty said the center will be called The New Resident Welcome Center and will be a place where new tenants can pick up keys and navigate the move-in process. Tenants will also go there to learn about community rules and regulations like proper trash/recycling disposal and the noise policy and learn now new appliances and the intercom system work.

“We are very excited to open this New Resident Welcome Center,” Moriarty said. “We think it is a great way to welcome new neighbors into our community.”

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