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Source: Angelo Viscoso

Source: Angelo Viscoso

A would-be burglar had to be rescued by police and firefighters and then hospitalized after his failed heist at il Fornetto Restaurant left him trapped in an air duct overnight.

Williams (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

Williams (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

Lorenzo Williams, 30, of Coney Island, was cuffed and packed into an FDNY ambulance after authorities removed him from the air duct, booking him with burglary. Cops were called to the 2902 Emmons Avenue restaurant around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, after workers said they heard cries for help coming from the ceiling.

It began with banging, said owner Angelo Viscoso. The restaurant’s manager sent staffers up to the roof, where they found a large hole cut into the vent, and they at first though a possum had found its way in.

“After a few minutes the banging intensified and they started to hear a faint cry for help. At this point they called 911 immediately. When the police came they verified that someone was stuck in the vent and had to call the fire department to cut open the duct on the roof to extract the man out,” said Viscoso.

Apparently, the perp was stuck overnight. The restaurant’s porter said he had heard faint banging noises the night before but couldn’t pinpoint the source. Damages to the roof are expected to exceed $3,000.

Williams was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for minor injuries.

“There were no visual injuries but I guess he had a head rush being stuck upside down until they got him out,” said Viscoso.

The rescue took about an hour, according to the FDNY.

Il Fornetto was playing host to a bridal shower during the cacophonous rescue operation. Viscoso said the party-goers made the most of it.

“The women from the shower were taking pictures with the firemen and police. I heard they cuffed the bride to be,” he said.

The hole in the air duct Williams used to attempt the break-in. (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

The hole in the air duct Williams used to attempt the break-in. (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

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The suspects, as captured by the store’s security cameras. (Source: DCPI)

Would-be burglars didn’t do much to hide their faces from cameras during an attempted burglary, and now cops are using the footage to track them down.

Two men, pictured above, attempted to break in to the Verizon Wireless store at 2680 Coney Island Avenue early Friday, July 11.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., the suspects spent 15- to 20-minutes trying to pry open the store’s front door with a pair of standard pliers. They were unsuccessful at gaining entry, but left some damage to the door.

“I came into the store, I noticed the damage on the door and found the broken piece of the plier, and I called the cops,” said one of the business’ owners. “I don’t know what they were thinking [by attempting to break in with a plier].”

The owner reviewed the overnight security footage and spotted the pair above, and handed the photos over to police. The suspect with the beaded necklace has a tattoo on his right arm, notes the business owner, who asked not to be named.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Update (12:12 p.m.): We’ve added details to this post after speaking to the owners. Also, the date of the incident was changed. The NYPD indicated that the attempted burglary was July 14; the owners noted that it was July 11. The article has been amended.

Source: NYPD via Home Reporter

Source: NYPD via Home Reporter

A man smashed the window of a Brighton Beach jewelry storefront last week and stole $15,500 worth of jewelry, and now police are turning the public for help tracking the suspect down.

The incident happened on Wednesday, May 28, at approximately 10:35 a.m. according to Home Reporter. The suspect used a hammer to smash the window and grabbed four bracelets.

The burglar fled the scene in a white Mitsubishi Lancer with a broken rear window.

A still from surveillance video has been released, showing what authorities believe is a male, dressed in black, with a black baseball hat and black faceguard.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Linsalato (NYPD Handout)

Linsalato (Police handout)

It’s probably time to quit being a doting mom when your little boy is in prison. Or, at least, don’t bring him illegal substances while he’s there.

That’s what Sheepshead Bay resident Yelena Linsalato is accused of. According to authorities, Linsalato has been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor after she attempted to smuggle drugs and money to her son at the Fishkill Correctional Facility.

The New York Post reports:

Yelena Linsalato, 43, of Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay was visiting her son Alexander Krasnikov, 23, at the Fishkill Correctional Facility about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when a corrections officer spotted her passing cash and a “controlled substance” to the inmate, Inspector Benjamin Walsh told The Post Monday.

She was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

“It was accident,” Linsalato insisted when reached by phone at her home. “I don’t want to talk to you.”

The substance is being tested to verify that it is a narcotic, and authorities will not identify it to the public until the results are returned.

Krasnikov is serving six years for first-degree robbery and burglary charges. Linsalato is due in court today.

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Police say they’ve caught the man responsible for a pair of burglaries in Brighton Beach that targeted the elderly.

We first told you about the hunt for the perp on January 24, writing that cops were seeking a suspect in two burglaries in which the perpetrator gained the confidence of his victims before stealing their cash and jewelry.

Now they’ve arrested Salvador Morales, 58, of Washington Heights, and charged him with burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession on Friday.

In the two incidents, Morales allegedly followed the seniors to their buildings in Brighton Beach.

NBC reports:

[Morales] told them he was their upstairs neighbor and that water was leaking from his unit into their apartment, according to police.

He said he wanted to inspect the damage so he could pay for them, police said. He then asked the victims for change for a $100 bill so he could leave $50. While in the apartment, he took jewelry and money.

The victims include an 89-year-old woman robbed on December 24 and an 88-year-old woman this past Sunday. The suspect took about $2,400 in cash and several items of jewelry from both. No one was hurt.

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A burglar broke the passenger-side windows of at least five vehicles on Shore Boulevard and Beaumont Street in Manhattan Beach.

The vandalism appears to have taken place early Saturday morning. Reader Dimash sent in the accompanying photo and tip, saying that he notified the police.

“Can’t really blame mute swans for this,” Dimash writes in an e-mail.

Overnight car break-ins continue to be a frequent problem in Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach, and is a recurring topic at the 61st Precinct’s Community Council meetings. Thieves smash windows and ransack the cars for anything from loose pennies to GPS devices and merchandise left in the car. The precinct has said in the past that the perpetrators are often drug users seeking to fund their addiction.

Police continue to remind residents not to leave anything of value in an automobile, including pennies in the cup holder. While incidents have been reported all over the neighborhood, dimly lit streets like Shore Parkway in Sheepshead Bay are frequent targets. Try to park on a well-lighted block whenever possible.

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The suspect’s image via the apartment building’s camera. Courtesy of the 61st precinct.

A thief stole electronics and clothing from a Midwood resident’s unlocked apartment, the Brooklyn News reported.

The suspect’s image was captured on surveillance as he attempted to enter the building on East 12th Street at around 2:45 a.m. Thursday, cops said. In the video, the suspect looks cold and so it’s no surprise that among the things taken from the apartment were four jackets.

The Midwood resident remained asleep throughout the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.

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Police are looking for help tracking down a suspect in a rash of Brighton Beach burglaries in which the suspect gains the confidence of his victims before making off with cash and jewelry.

CBS reports:

Police said the suspect followed the residents into their apartment buildings, telling them he is their upstairs neighbor and that water from his apartment was leaking into theirs, police said.

The suspect then tells the victims that he wants to inspect the damage and will pay for it, police said.

He asks the victims for change for a $100 bill so he can give them $50 for the damage, then goes through their apartments taking jewelry and money, police said.

The victims include an 89-year-old woman robbed on December 24 and an 88-year-old woman this past Sunday. The suspect took about $2,400 in cash and several items of jewelry from both.

Police say the suspect is a white male last seen wearing sunglasses, a ski hat and a waist-length jacket. He may speak Russian.

Below is surveillance video released by the NYPD:

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.

thief

He must have thought it was his lucky day.

After all, the school was unlocked, even though it was closed at the time, welcoming him to have free run of the place.

And so he did, and stumbled across $125, which he pocketed before going on his way.

Happy day, except he was caught on video entering the school building.

Police are hunting for a white male, between 17 and 22 years old, last seen wearing a black t-shirt with red and blue writing on it and blue jeans.

The suspect entered St. Columba School (2245 Kimball Street) in Marine Park on September 25. He entered through an open door at 6:30 p.m., hours after the school had closed for the day. It’s not clear why the door was open.

He then rummaged through the building, and stumbled across a cabinet that held the $125.

Police have released the photo above, taken from the surveillance video that captured the thief’s entry.

If you recognize the man above or have any more information regardng this incident, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

[via ABC News]

A Brighton Beach family away on vacation was victimized by a burglar over the weekend, but the thief’s acts were all caught on a nanny cam.

On Satuday night around 9 p.m., the crook broke into the home of Alexey Chizhov by entering through a back window. He made off with cash,  jewelry and computer, according to a Gothamist report.

There may not have been any lead on the thief’s identify, had Chizhov not turned on his nanny cam on a whim.

“That day when we were leaving to Washington, I decided to put it on. The cameras were not obtained for security purposes, because we’ve never had any burglars in our household, but I was like, ‘Why not?’” Chizhov told NBC NY.

Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also visit the Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.

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