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Crime & Cases November 30, 2012  RSS feed

THIEF’S FEAST GETS SPOILED

Turkey Day Burglar Busted In R’Wood
by Robert Pozarycki

After taking a bounty of loot from a Ridgewood apartment he allegedly broke into on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday, Nov. 22, a neighborhood man was collared by police when he visited the scene of the crime the very next day, law enforcement sources said.

Police identified the suspect as 26-year-old Milan Dimitrijavic of Gates Avenue in Ridgewood.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, Dimitrijavic allegedly burglarized an apartment at a house on Himrod Street near Cypress Avenue sometime between 5 and 11:55 p.m. last Thursday, while two residents living there were away.

When the residents returned to the apartment last Thursday night, they reportedly found that the front door lock was not secured and that a window had been opened.

Once inside, authorities noted, they disocvered that the bedrooms were ransacked. A number of items were also missing, including jewelry, a guitar, an electric drill, a video game console, a lockbox, a laptop computer and an audio recorder.

The burglary was reported to the 104th Precinct, an an investigation was launched by the 104th Precinct Detective Squad.

Reportedly, detectives examined surveillance camera footage at the scene, which showed a man wearing a dark coat and jeans exiting the apartment three times with the items reported stolen.

Authorities said Dimitrijavic was allegedly spotted in front of the Himrod Street location at around 11:30 a.m. last Friday. According to police, the suspect was wearing a peacoat and jeans similar to that worn by the burglary suspect in the video.

Officers questioned and searched the suspect, finding jewelry reported missing from the location in Dimitrijavic’s possession, the criminal complaint noted.

He was taken into custody by Det. Sebastian Chichotky of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad and charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

According to court records, Dimitrijavic was arraigned last Saturday, Nov. 24, in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Gia Morris, who ordered him held on $30,000 bond or $15,000 cash. The suspect is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 6.