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Burglar sentenced to 10 years

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Apr 24, 2014.

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison last Thursday for eleven home burglaries across Queens since 2011.

Mario Girau, 28, was arrested on Sept. 19, 2013, after he was caught breaking into a home on Tahoe Street in Ozone Park.

On Oct. 30, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown charged Girau in connection with 10 more burglaries that occurred in Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach. Nine of the break-ins occurred in 2013 and the Ridgewood crime occurred in September 2011.

Girau pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property last month, admitting to stealing thousands of dollars worth of items including jewelry, computer equipment, cameras, sports memorabilia and ammunition that were recovered from his home during a search executed after his arrest in September. Police also allegedly recovered jewelry from Girau’s person at the time of his arrest, which they say was taken from the Tahoe Street home.

Given all the charges, Girau had faced up to 150 years in prison.

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