A crime duo linked to 12 burglaries all over Queens were caught red-handed on Monday, according to Captain Donald Powers of the 108th Precinct.
While many people all over the country took Memorial Day off from work to barbecue and relax, serial burglars Jefferson Villarama and Michael Natindim were attempting to break into an apartment in Woodside, Powers said.
Villarama allegedly climbed a ladder to get to an upstairs window, located down an alley between 64th and 63rd streets and Tyler and 51st avenues, while Natindim waited in the getaway car.
Villarama allegedly was using a blowtorch-like device to cut open the glass when a neighbor spotted the burglar.
The neighbor called the police who arrested Villarama at the scene, according to NYPD. Natindim took off on foot leaving the car, which was full of stolen goods: watches, televisions and other electronics, said Powers.
The neighbor who spotted Villarama on the ladder chased Natindim, but he got away. Back at the station detectives “worked on the other guy,” said community affairs officer Luis Diaz, which led them to Natindim’s home in Elmhurst.
Officers knocked on the alleged thief’s door and took him into custody on Tuesday.
“We are looking to see if they are responsible for even more [robberies],” Powers said.
The duo is allegedly connected to 12 burglaries in total: eight in the 104th Precinct in Middle Village, three in the 105th Precinct in Rosedale and Monday’s incident in the 108th Precinct.
“Anyone who was home had the AC on,” said resident Tara Miskovsky, at the community council meeting, held every last Tuesday of the month.
Miskovsky said during the summer months break-ins can happen as people leave their houses and go outside or noisy air conditioners and fans muffle any sounds a burglar might make.