A Woodside man guilty of a series of violent home break-ins this past August was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday.
William Agosto, 45, pleaded guilty to two violent felony offenses on Nov. 14. During the several robberies many vehicles were damaged and three police officers and a civilian were injured, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Agosto’s wife, Lydia Cordero-Bueno, 43, of upstate Middletown, pleaded guilty earlier this month to criminal possession of stolen property and was immediately sentenced to a conditional discharge.
The New York City Police Department’s undercover Burglary Larceny Apprehension and Surveillance Team followed Agosto and Cordero-Bueno’s white van on Aug. 31, according to the criminal charges filed in the case. Officers observed Agosto step from the van and approach an Elmhurst home, while Cordero-Bueno acted as a look-out.
Agosto scaled a side fence and entered the rear of the residence and then emereged from the house with five bags, Brown said.
Agosto and Cordero-Bueno fled the scene when officers attempted to stop the defendants’ van in traffic on Corona Avenue and 91st Place. The duo crashed into three vehicles that were also stuck in traffic.
Several blocks later the defendants’ van struck an unmarked vehicle occupied by an officer and sergeant assigned to the BLAST Unit, as well as a tow truck which struck another car.
As a result of the collisions, both police officers and a passenger in the car suffered injuries.
Agosto struggled and fought back as Officer Jason Petri attempted to remove him from the van. Petri suffered a laceration to his leg, which required stitches, and a dislocated finger, both of which were treated at a Queens hospital.
Police recovered the property belonging to the 54th Avenue homeowner, as well as property from two burglaries that occurred on 64th Street in Woodside and on Juniper Boulevard in Middle Village earlier in the month.
The total value of the recovered watches, jewelry, camera equipment and an assortment of electronics exceeded $15,000.