2010-07-01 / Top Stories

Suspect In Multiple Burglaries Nabbed In The Act

By Charles Rogers

As police from the 69th Precinct are aware of an increase in burglaries in the local area, so too are they keeping up with the problem and making more arrests.

Last week patrol officers responded to a call that someone was “in the act” of entering his home through an open window shortly before 9 a.m. and was crawling onto a downstairs bed when the homeowner yelled. By the time cops arrived, the apparent burglar had left the East 99th Street premises, near Seaview Avenue, in a hurry the same way he came in without stealing anything.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on the same day, the officers received a call that a burglary had just taken place on East 100th Street, also near Seaview Avenue, and the alleged burglar, who fit the description of the alleged burglar in the first case, was being held there by the boyfriend of the homeowner.

Moments later, at approximately 9:15 a.m., the patrol officers were headed towards the East 100th Street address when they were informed that yet another robbery — “in the past” — had been committed at a home on Avenue M near East 108th Street. The cops interviewed the victim in that house who said he saw the burglar inside his home and the man fled after he was yelled at. The man said the incident took place about a half-hour before the other incidents. He gave a description of his intruder and it matched the other descriptions.

According to police records, all the complainants saw the man who was still being held in the East 100th Street home and identified him as the man who allegedly broke into their homes. Eduardo Rodriguez, address unknown, was arrested for the robberies. Cops said he had a number of prior arrests and a search of his belongings disclosed stolen property.

While Rodriguez was being transported to the precinct, he allegedly tried to hide some property inside the radio car.

Captain Milt Marmara, commander of the local precinct, has issued warnings to community members during meetings and with notices that an open rear window, side door or unlocked front door are all “welcome mats” for burglars.

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again,” he said. “This latest arrest is just an example of what can happen — even within such a short period of time.

“This man went from place to place and actually was successful in entering these houses. He was only stopped when the homeowners discovered him on their premises.”

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