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Topic: Public Safety detectives arrest man, in Coop City, for stealing mail
Posted: Nov 14 2016 at 11:00am By Administrator
Public Safety detectives arrest man, in Coop City, for stealing mail, credit cards and checks from Co-op City building 2A lobby.

Co-op City Public Safety detectives working the overnight shift early Thursday morning, November 3, 2016, spotted a man, whom they have arrested before and who is known to them for allegedly committing prior crimes in the Coop City community, followed him and after observing his activities in the lobby of Building 2A in Co-op City, moved in to question and eventually arrest him.

According to the Public Safety report on the incident, Detectives Driska and Ramirez and Officer Lugo observed the man entering the lobby at approximately 2:45 a.m.   The detectives said that they waited and observed the suspect's activities as he began opening mail boxes and shuffling through papers.

As they moved in to question and arrest the suspect, he was allegedly found to be in possession of other people's mail, credit cards, Social Security cards and checks, as well as more than $1,200 in cash. He was also found to be in possession of illegal narcotics, including marijuana and crack cocaine, as well as a knife with a 5 inch blade, the report said.

The suspect, who has had prior arrests, according to Public Safety, now faces numerous additional charges, including burglary in the 2nd and 3rd degree, larceny, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and criminal trespassing.

Chief Frank Apollo, commander of the Co-op City Public Safety Department said, "This arrest is just another shining example of the outstanding police work that the officers and detectives of my department perform on a 24 hour basis. The keen observation initially made by members of the detective squad led them to further investigate the matter, in turn resulting in the arrest of an individual who was engaging in what is considered to be a serious crime. I applaud the detectives and officers who were working the overnight because it is their due diligence which ensures that our cooperators and their property are safe at all times both day and night."

In early October, Coop City detectives, working with NYPD, the US Postal Inspectors Office and the Bronx District Attorneys Office, arrested another individual wanted for numberous mail box break-ins in several Coop City buildings. [See Story - Co-op City resident arrested for stealing from lobby mailboxes] Lobby surveillance cameras and their digitally stored and retrievable images were key to breaking that case, a spokesman for the Detectives Unit said last month.

By Bill Stuttig
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