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Police catch suspect in serial burglaries

Brooklyn man accused of 11 break-ins

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

A Brooklyn man being held on charges for an Ozone Park burglary is now suspected in burglarizing at least 10 other homes in Queens over the last two years.

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

He was nabbed by police who had been investigating him as a potential suspect in a rash of burglaries in the area and had allegedly observed Girau looking into windows.

On Oct. 30, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced that Girau had been charged 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 this year and the Ridgewood crime occurred in September 2011.

Girau was charged on multiple counts of second-degree burglary, third-, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He had been charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar’s tools after the Sept. 19 arrest.

Girau is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items including jewelry, computer equipment, cameras, sports memorabilia and ammunition that were recovered from his home while executing a search warrant after his arrest in September. Police also allegedly recovered jewelry from Girau’s possession at the time of his arrest that they say was taken from the Tahoe Street home.

Brown said that in the 2011 instance, the owner of a stolen camera was discovered when police tracked down the victim through the people in the photos left on the camera’s memory card.

If convicted, Girau faces up to 150 years in prison.

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