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Cops nab several for pot, theft and graffiti

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:15 pm, Thu Aug 14, 2014.

Criminals, beware.

The 104th Precinct announced Wednesday, July 30, a flurry of arrests for everything from stealing car parts to grand theft auto to graffiti throughout the command’s jurisdiction.

In the early morning hours of July 27 and July 29, the precinct nabbed a total of five people, all but one under the age of 18, for allegedly possessing marijuana in Juniper Valley Park.

One of the suspects also allegedly possessed a BB gun and a knife.

Also on July 27, police arrested two Brooklyn residents, Christopher Villa, 24, and a 17-year-old male, in front of 59-39 54 Street in Maspeth.

The duo were charged with grand theft auto, criminal possession of stolen property, auto stripping, possession of burglars’ tools and unauthorized use of a vehicle after allegedly stealing a motorcycle in Brooklyn.

On July 29, Carlos Soto, 21, of Woodside, and Pedro Cordero, 40, of Brooklyn, were arrested within 20 minutes of each other in Maspeth and Glendale, respectively, for similar crimes.

Police said Soto was attempting to remove the tires of a vehicle stolen from the intersection of Putnam and Forest avenues until police arrived.

He was arrested at 2 a.m. after jumping inside the car to hide.

Cordero was arrested at the intersection of Jefferson and Wyckoff avenues after being observed allegedly breaking into a vehicle and stealing items such as a platinum ring, a cell phone, a handheld video game system and an iPod.

Both men were charged with grand larceny, criminal mischief, auto stripping, possession of burglars’ tools and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

The 104th Precinct also said it captured an active graffiti artist in Middle Village on July 30. David Negron, 21, of Middle Village was arrested near 62-15 Fresh Pond Ave. as he allegedly attempted to tag an air conditioner.

Authorities said he also vandalized a mailbox on Metropolitan Avenue that night and has multiple previous arrests for graffiti.

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