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Dead handed: police nab burglary suspects

Cremated ashes were allegedly stolen

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 5:03 pm, Mon Mar 3, 2014.

Police apprehended two suspected burglars last week, one of whom targeted both the living and the dead.

Randolph Ardila, 29, of 57th Drive in Maspeth, was arraigned on Sunday on seven different charges, including second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted burglary.

Raheim West, 37, of 21st Street in Long Island City, was arraigned on Monday on 18 different charges including burglary, grand larceny and a litany of other crimes.

West and Ardila face up to 27 and 30 years in prison, respectively, and both will return to court on March 10.

The two men allegedly participated in separate burglary rings.

According to a press release from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Ardila allegedly served as a lookout for two other burglars as they attempted to break into homes along 75th Avenue in Ridgewood and 77th Avenue in Glendale between 4 and 5 p.m. on Friday.

Later that evening, Ardila allegedly served as a lookout again while his accomplices burglarized an apartment building on 103rd Avenue in Ozone Park.

Police said when they arrested Ardila, the car he was driving while serving as the lookout contained, among other items, the missing cremated ashes of the mother of one of the building’s tenants.

West’s alleged crime spree began last September when he stole $2,750 in cash from a locked office inside the Promise Christian Academy Church on 31st Avenue in Flushing.

On Feb. 7, West allegedly stole $160 in cash from the office of a social worker at Asian Community Care Management on Sanford Avenue in Flushing.

On Feb. 10, a home was burglarized in College Point in direct vicinity to where police observed West parked his car on 20th Avenue.

West was arrested on Sunday after allegedly stealing $310 in donations from the Bowne Street Community Center on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing.

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