Police officers assigned to the Burglary Larceny Apprehension and Surveillance Team allegedly found Nantindim’s daughter in the rear seat of his Lincoln Navigator after following the men as they cased houses in Elmhurst, Little Neck and Flushing before going to the electronics shop.
They allegedly have been tied to four burglaries in Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows and Flushing between June 22 and June 25.
Both have been charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree criminal trespass; and Nant-indim with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Nantindim had bail set at $40,000 and Mortel at $15,000. Both are due back in court on July 11. Nantindim allegedly admitted to police that he had smoked methamphetamine earlier in the day.
“These are disturbing allegations,” Brown said in a statement issued by his office last Friday. “Burglary is a serious crime in and of itself. It is unthinkable that a father would put his innocent child in harm’s way while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and casing potential burglary targets.”
Items allegedly recovered from the vehicle included a camcorder, a camera, a computer hard drive, a cell phone and an Apple MacBook laptop, a pipe and a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
A search of Nantindim’s home allegedly recovered a stolen credit card and more suspected methamphetamine.