He’s Fingered As a Burglar

Treasure Of Valuables Taken In Maspeth

Fingerprints led police to a Maspeth man arrested last Tuesday, Mar. 25, for allegedly breaking into a neighborhood home and stealing thousands of dollars in valuables earlier in the month, authorities said.

He was identified by law enforcement sources as 33-year-old Mariusz Kowalczyk of 60th Road.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, Kowalczyk allegedly burglarized a home on 61st Street near 54th Avenue sometime between Mar. 1 and Mar. 4.

Reportedly, the resident-who had been away during the period- returned home to find a basement window damaged and the interior ransacked.

Upon further investigation, the victim determined that a safe containing $35,000 in cash and over $4,000 worth of silver was missing. Reportedly, the victim also could not locate four laptop computers and various jewelry items.

Officers from the 104th Precinct and the NYPD Evidence Collection Team responded to the location to investigate the crime. Reportedly, two sets of fingerprints were found by police and lifted for further testing.

The tests matched the fingerprints to Kowalczyk, who was previously arrested on unrelated crimes, law enforcement sources said.

Subsequent to an investigation by the 104th Precinct Detective Squad, Kowalczyk was booked last Tuesday by P.O. Oleg Matat on charges of second-degree burglary and thirddegree grand larceny.

According to court records, the suspect was arraigned last Wednesday, Mar. 26, in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Donna M. Golia, who ordered him held on $250,000 bail. Kowalczyk is scheduled to return to court on Apr. 21.

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