Officials: 6 men arrested in over 200 tri-state burglaries posted about on Instagram
Six people have been arrested and connected to over 200 burglaries of car dealerships, cellphone stores and more.
The burglaries happened in 11 New York counties, including Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Kings, Richmond, Bronx, Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties. More than $3 million in total was stolen, including 54 vehicles. Burglaries also occurred in parts of Connecticut and New Jersey.
Posts on Instagram bragged about the incidents, sometimes moments after they occurred.
A 13-month investigation showed the members would go to the dealerships and smash windows, find key fobs and then drive cars out, often waiting for police to respond before speeding off at dangerous speeds, officials say.
Officials say the crew would often hit multiple establishments in one night.
Police say they found the suspects through video surveillance, phone data, license plate readers and details from multiple police departments.
Investigators say a search of two of the suspects’ homes led to the recovery of thousands in stolen phones and key fobs.
The suspects, all from the Bronx, are as follows:
- Josepher Cartagena, 27, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree.
- Brandon Collazo-Rivera, 26, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree.
- Douglas Noble, 29, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree.
- Alexander Santiago, 28, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree.
- Justin Herrera, 23, pleaded guilty to burglary in the third degree.
- Willie Baines, 47, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the third degree.