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PAWNED TO JAIL

Burglar Busted After Selling Stolen Loot
by Robert Pozarycki

Stolen jewelry sold at a Ridgewood pawn shop reportedly led police to a 23-year-old man charged last Wednesday, Mar. 16, for a recent series of break-ins of homes around Ridgewood and Glendale, it was reported.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Omar Dahli of Palmetto Street, who was booked for allegedly burglarizing a home in Ridgewood early on the morning of Mar. 4 and then breaking into three homes in Glendale a week later.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the first burglary occurred at around 3 a.m. on Mar. 4 inside a home on Palmetto Street near Forest Avenue, about three blocks west of the suspect’s residence.

Reportedly, the perpetrator—who carried a backpack—was spotted climbing through a bedroom window then jumping out of a rear window moments later.

Shortly after the incident, police said, the residents determined that three gold chains, seven gold rings and a gold bracelet—which had been placed in a dresser—had been removed.

Law enforcement sources said the second break-in occurred between 2:10 and 2:40 p.m. on the afternoon of Mar. 11 inside a home on 62nd Street near 74th Avenue in Glendale.

According to the criminal complaint, Dahli allegedly broke into the residence and grabbed a tote bag inside.

However, the suspect reportedly ran out of the location after the house alarm had been activated.

Members of the 104th Precinct responded to the scene. The officers reportedly discovered that a back window in the location had been broken; the tote bag allegedly taken by the perpetrator was found near the residence.

As police investigated that incident, authorities said, Dahli allegedly broke into a home several blocks away on 70th Avenue near 65th Street sometime between 2:30 and 2:40 p.m. on Mar. 11. After entering through a rear door, it was reported, the suspect ran out upon being spotted by a resident.

Nevertheless, law enforcement sources said, Dahli ran around the corner and broke into a third home, entering through a rear window of a house on 66th Street near Otto Road sometime between 2:30 and 5 p.m. that afternoon.

Shortly after the suspect left, the resident returned home to find the front door unlocked and partially opened as well as a rear window halfway open with a ripped screen.

Upon further investigation, the criminal complaint noted, the resident determined that numerous wedding rings and earrings had been stolen.

All of the incidents were reported to the 104th Precinct and later passed along to the 104th Precinct Detective Squad for further investigation.

Based on information obtained during the probe, it was learned that Dahli allegedly sold some jewelry items at a pawn shop on Fresh Pond Road near Putnam Avenue at around 5 p.m. on Mar. 11. Reportedly, the items that were sold to the shop were determined to have been stolen during the series of burglaries.

Members of the detective squad questioned Dahli and charged him last Wednesday with multiple counts of second- and third-degree burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and petit larceny, according to the criminal complaint.

As previously reported, Dahli was arrested last September for allegedly breaking into a studio inside an apartment house on Madison Street near 64th Road; he had been released on $20,000 bail.

Court records noted that the perpetrator was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Friday, Mar. 18, before Judge John Zoll, who ordered him held on $15,000 bail.

Dahli is scheduled to return to court on Apr. 1.