Police Blotter: Two men arrested in Ozone Park in College Point car thefts

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COLLEGE POINT — Police arrested two men after they stole a car from the parking lot of Whitestone Cinemas Friday, a police spokesman said.

Following the theft of seven cars from the movie theater lot at 28 Ulmer St., the Queens Auto Larceny Unit set up a sting operation Friday evening, said the 109th Precinct’s community affairs officer, Frank Devereaux.

The sting operation led officers to run checks on the license plates of a car they thought suspicious, said Devereaux. The plates led the officers to an Ozone Park address, where they discovered a second car reported stolen from the lot that same evening, the officer said.

Police discovered auto theft equipment, police scanners and two-way radios in the car reported stolen, Devereaux said. Officers then arrested two men as they were leaving an apartment on charges of grand larceny auto, Devereaux said.

Police do not know if the two men arrested were responsible for the previous seven auto thefts in the lot.

No cars have been stolen from the lot since Friday’s arrests, Devereaux said.

Man armed with note gets $300 from Pomonok bank

POMONOK – A man entered a North Fork Bank and used a note to demand money Monday morning, police said.

The man entered the bank at 69-09 164th St. in Pomonok about 11:38 a.m. and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The teller gave him $300 and he fled, police said.

No arrests were made and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Man shot three times in S. Jamaica Saturday

SOUTH JAMAICA – An unidentified man was shot three times in the stomach by an unknown suspect early Saturday morning, police said.

The man, 29, was shot in front of 116-63 Sutphin Blvd. at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. The victim was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he was in critical condition, police said.

The motive for the shooting was unknown, and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Rockaway Park man arrested on drug-possession charges

ROCKAWAY PARK – A 39-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges of criminal possession of controlled substance.

Antonio Rojas, of 165 B. 119th St. in Rockaway Park, who has been in the medical care of Peninsula Hospital since April 15, was arrested after he passed bags of alleged heroin Wednesday, police said.

The investigation was continuing, police said.

SCA employee charged with selling ID info

Construction Authority employee was arrested April 24 for allegedly releasing personal identity information for 76 of his co-workers in exchange for a $500 bribe, the Queens district attorney said.

Marshall Fine, 27, of Manhattan, a $58,183-a-year telecommunications and system operations specialist at the SCA’s Thomson Avenue offices, faces charges of receiving a bribe, criminal possession of computer related material and official misconduct, among others, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The investigation began when an SCA employee reported his personal identification information had been stolen, Brown said.

In a sting operation set up by investigators, Fine allegedly gave a list of 76 SCA employee names, with personal identity information like Social Security numbers and birthdays, to another person in exchange for $500, Brown said.

He was arraigned before Judge Steven Paynter and released on $1,000 bail, the district attorney said.

Astoria man shot by unknown gunman

ASTORIA – A 45-year-old man was shot April 24, by an unidentified man, police said.

The victim, who was shot at 30-19 30th St., was taken to Queens General Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, police said. The victim’s name was not released.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Astoria woman found hanged

ASTORIA – A 54-year-old woman was pronounced dead after she was found hanged April 24, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was discovered in a bathroom on 42nd Street near 28th Avenue, police said.

The medical examiner was investigating the cause of her death, police said.

Queens man convicted of raping Elmhurst girl

ELMHURST—A Queens man was convicted Friday of raping a 14-year-old girl on the rooftop of an Elmhurst apartment building last May, the Queens district attorney said.

Luis Monard, 25, address unknown, was found guilty of second-degree rape after a two-week jury trial, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced May 20 before state Supreme Court Judge Richard Buchter.

Monard attacked the girl on May 17, 2001 in the hallway of an Elmhurst apartment building where she had gone after school to visit a friend, Brown said. He grabbed the girl by her ponytail and pulled her into an elevator, raping her in a rooftop room above the elevator shaft.

But police were notified after she made an outcry to her friend, and Monard was arrested when police found him lurking in a stairwell, Brown said.

Man shot in S. Ozone Pk. robbery attempt Friday

SOUTH OZONE PARK – An unidentified 26-year-old man was shot in an attempted robbery late Friday night, police said.

The man was shot in the leg at 11 p.m. Friday when two men approached him on the corner of Linden Boulevard and the Van Wyck Service Road, police said. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, police said.

No arrests were made, and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Richmond Hill infant dies after found not breathing

RICHMOND HILL – A 3-month-old baby boy was pronounced dead Wednesday after he was found in his home not breathing, police said.

The boy was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he died. The medical examiner was to determine the cause of death and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Possible bias attack in Lindenwood

LINDENWOOD – An Hispanic man was hit with a baseball bat Friday by an unidentified man who shouted anti-Hispanic remarks, police said.

The victim, 20, was attacked Friday afternoon near Harold Schneiderman Park at 153rd Avenue and 83rd Street, police said. The victim was struck on the arm, but refused medical treatment, police said.

No arrests have been made, and the incident was being investigated as a possible bias attack, police said.

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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