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RUN ENDS FOR THIEF

Suspect In Larceny String Cuffed In Buff
by Robert Pozarycki

This damaged Jeep Liberty SUV (in photo at right), reported stolen from a location in Queensboro Hill on Oct. 31, was allegedly driven by Anthony Macceca (left) during an attempted flight from police last Wednesday, Nov. 12. The pursuit, which started in Maspeth, came to an end in Rosedale after the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a civilian auto and an unmarked police cruiser. (right photo: Robert Pozarycki) This damaged Jeep Liberty SUV (in photo at right), reported stolen from a location in Queensboro Hill on Oct. 31, was allegedly driven by Anthony Macceca (left) during an attempted flight from police last Wednesday, Nov. 12. The pursuit, which started in Maspeth, came to an end in Rosedale after the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a civilian auto and an unmarked police cruiser. (right photo: Robert Pozarycki) Described by a law enforcement official as a "one-man crime spree," the suspect allegedly behind a recent series of grand larcenies in Glendale was caught last Wednesday night, Nov. 12 after leading police on a pursuit that started in Maspeth and ended near the Nassau County border.

Authorities said that Anthony Macceca, 38, of Linden Street in Ridgewood was taken into custody by police after crashing a stolen SUV into a police vehicle and a civilian auto at the conclusion of the cross-county trek.

Law enforcement sources said that Macceca, who was reportedly found naked behind the wheel and exhibiting signs of intoxication upon his arrest, is charged in connection with as many as 12 grand larceny cases recently reported in the 104th Precinct and other commands in Patrol Borough Queens North.

In most cases, police said, Macceca allegedly removed unattended purses left inside vehicles at local gas stations as the female victims exited to fill up.

Two of the most recent capers occurred last Sunday afternoon, Nov. 9. Reportedly, the alleged crook swiped a purse from a vehicle at the Shell gas station at 90-05 Myrtle Ave. before taking a handbag moments later from a car at the gas station across the street at the northwestern intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue.

Regarding Macceca's arrest, Police Officers Robert Steck, Brian Herbert, Joseph Astarita and Anthony Rodriguez of the 104th Precinct's Anti-Crime Unit were on patrol in the area of 74th Street and the Long Island Expressway at around 10:40 p.m. last Wednesday evening when they observed a black 2002 Jeep Liberty parked at the intersection.

During a check on the license plate, police determined that the vehicle matched the description of one stolen on Oct. 31 from a location on Main Street in Queensboro Hill. The officers approached the SUV and reportedly observed Macceca inside the vehicle.

As the officers approached the automobile, law enforcement sources said, Macceca allegedly started to drive away, nearly running down the officers in the process. Reportedly, he fled from the location at a high rate of speed.

Moments after a description of the vehicle was transmitted to other NYPD units, Macceca was allegedly observed by other officers from the 104th Precinct behind the wheel of the Jeep Liberty as it entered the eastbound Long Island Expressway.

The officers reportedly followed the vehicle and were later assisted by other NYPD units including the Aviation Unit and Highway Patrol in the slow-speed pursuit.

After traveling along numerous roadways in Queens, authorities stated, the pursuit came to an end in Rosedale when the suspect's vehicle crashed into a civilian car and a police cruiser at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Brookville Boulevard.

According to police, Macceca allegedly went through a red light at the intersection and lost control of the SUV, which struck a sedan and an unmarked police car.

Numerous officers approached the vehicle and took Macceca into custody. Reportedly, the suspect was observed was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital for observation.

The driver of the civilian vehicle and two officers involved in the accident were transported to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, L.I. for treatment of minor injuries.

Macceca was formally charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing a police officer and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

According to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, the suspect was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Saturday, Nov. 15 and ordered held without bail by Judge Pauline Mullings. He is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 3.

The investigation into the grand larcenies that occurred within the 104th Precinct area was conducted by Detectives Murray and McGinn of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad.