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Jamaica man indicted for 5 home burglaries

Harry Garcia caught after alleged heist

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:30 am

A Jamaica man has been charged with breaking into five homes in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park over the last month and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other items.

Queens DA Richard Brown identified the defendant as Harry Garcia, 48, of 134th Avenue in Jamaica. Garcia was arraigned last Saturday on five separate criminal complaints charging him with five counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of resisting arrest.

According to the DA, Garcia allegedly broke into five homes between May 6 and June 6, and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other items.

New York City police officers, investigating a pattern of residential burglaries on the morning of June 6, allegedly observed Garcia entering a rear yard on 117th Street in South Ozone Park, prying open a window and entering the residence.

After a short period of time, Garcia was allegedly observed leaving the rear yard with a bag he had not been carrying when he entered the home. It is alleged that as officers approached Garcia, he dropped the bag and fled on foot. He was apprehended a block away, where it is alleged that he resisted arrest by flailing his arms and legs in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed and placed under arrest.

It is further alleged that in retrieving the bag that Garcia dropped, police discovered it contained a Sony PlayStation, game controllers and other accessories. Police also recovered a bracelet and a chain that allegedly Garcia had on his person.

The four additional burglaries Garcia is accused of occurred on May 6 on 109th Street in South Ozone Park; on May 13 on 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park; on May 23 on 83rd Street in Ozone Park; and May 30 on 113th Street in Ozone Park.

Garcia, who faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted, was ordered held on a total of $60,000 in bail and to return to court on June 23.

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