Confronted On Street By Ridgewood Victim
Shortly after stealing a laptop computer from a Ridgewood apartment, an alleged burglar arrested last Friday, May 30, gave the device back to the victim after being confronted on the street, authorities said.
Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Alexis Arteaga of Fresh Pond Road, who was fingered for a burglary that took place on the afternoon of May 20 at an apartment on Palmetto Street between Seneca and Onderdonk avenues.
According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, a female resident returned home at around 3:30 p.m. to discover several items missing, including the laptop computer, a radio and cash.
Moments later, authorities said, the victim walked out of the apartment when, about four blocks away from her home, she spotted Arteaga allegedly carrying what appeared to be her laptop computer.
She reportedly walked up to Arteaga and stated the laptop computer belonged to her; upon being confronted, Arteaga allegedly handed the computer to her, then fled.
The burglary was later reported to the 104th Precinct.
Following an investigation by the 104th Precinct Detective Squad, Arteaga was arrested last Friday on charges of second-degree burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.
According to court records, the suspect was arraigned the following day, Saturday, May 31, in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Deborah Modica, who ordered him held on $5,000 bail. Arteaga is scheduled to return to court on June 17.