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Burglar Not Busy Locked In Jail Cell

Corona Man Nabbed For Break-In Pattern

Following a brief pursuit, police officers slapped the cuffs on a Corona man last Tuesday, June 19, for allegedly breaking into a number of homes around Astoria and Long Island City over the last several weeks, authorities announced.

The suspect in a series of burglaries within the 114th Precinct’s confines, identified as Bryan McCants of Corona.

The suspect was identified by the NYPD as 30-year-old Bryan Mc- Cants of 59th Avenue, who was collared by members of the 114th Precinct shortly after he allegedly burglarized a home on 18th Street near Astoria Park South in Astoria last Tuesday night.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement sources said, McCants was additionally charged with four other break-in attempts dating back to June 7 in Astoria, Dutch Kills, Long Island City and Ravenswood.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the pattern began on the morning of June 7, when McCants allegedly burglarized a home on Crescent Street between 36th and 37th avenues in Dutch Kills between 3 and 8 a.m.

Reportedly, two residents were sleeping inside the location when McCants gained entry and stole their wallets. Shortly thereafter, according to the criminal complaint, he dumped the wallets inside bushes in front of the property.

The following day, authorities said, the suspect was spotted attempting to break into a residence on 28th Street between 33rd and 34th avenues in Ravenswood at around 5 a.m. on June 8.

According to the charges, Mc- Cants was allegedly spotted by a resident as he climbed into a second-floor bedroom. Upon being sighted, it was noted, the perpetrator fled from the scene.

Detectives learned during their investigation that the alleged burglar returned to the same location at 3:30 p.m. on June 12 and, once again, fled after being spotted by an eyewitness as he tried to open a side window.

Police said the suspect also allegedly illegally entered a home on 10th Street near 36th Avenue in Ravenswood between 12:10 and 12:16 p.m. on June 11; reportedly, nothing was stolen.

Moments after that incident, law enforcement sources said, McCants allegedly made another unsuccessful attempt at breaking into a home located on 11th Street between 37th and 38th avenues.

The criminal complaint noted that McCants was allegedly observed by a resident climbing over a backyard fence and attempting to open a rear window and a rear door. Unable to get in, police said, the suspect fled from the location.

Less than a week later, police said, McCants broke into a home on 23rd Street between Queens Plaza North and 41st Avenue in Long Island City at around 4:05 a.m. last Sunday, June 17.

Reportedly, McCants entered the location through a second-floor window and removed a laptop computer. After being spotted by a resident, authorities said, the perpetrator fled.

The suspect was finally caught at around 10:20 p.m. last Tuesday by 114th Precinct officers who responded to a 911 call regarding a break-in at a home on 18th Street near Astoria Park South.

Upon their arrival at the scene, law enforcement sources said, the officers observed McCants allegedly walking to the rear of the location while carrying a backpack. Reportedly, he then got on a bicycle and fled from the scene.

After a brief pursuit, it was noted, the suspect was stopped by police and questioned. During a search, the officers found inside McCants’ backpack two power drills, a battery charger and a battery; each of the items were reported stolen from the 18th Street residence.

McCants was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree attempted burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief, two counts of criminal trespass, criminal possession of stolen property and three counts of petit larceny.

Court records noted that McCants was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Thursday, June 21, before Judge Michael Yavinsky, who ordered him held without bail. The suspect is scheduled to return to court on July 13.

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