Cops Catch Him Mangling Home’s Plumbing
Police caught a Maspeth man as he allegedly damaged a bathroom in a neighborhood home during a burglary last Wednesday morning, July 16, it was reported.
Law enforcement sources identified him as 46-year-old Michael Sciabica of Maspeth Avenue.
Reportedly, Sciabica broke into a residence on 52nd Avenue between 67th and 69th streets at about 11:13 a.m. last Wednesday.
According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, 104th Precinct officers rushed to the location after receiving a 911 call regarding the incident.
Upon arrival, prosecutors stated, officers observed Sciabica allegedly using an axe to break through a bathroom wall and remove plumbing fixtures.
The suspect was stopped without incident and searched, according to the criminal complaint. Police reportedly recovered the axe as well as a crowbar and two screwdrivers which Sciabica purportedly used.
P.O. Patrick Sullivan of the 104th Precinct cuffed Sciabica on counts of second-degree burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and criminal mischief.
Court records noted the suspect was arraigned the next day, Thursday, July 17, in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Stephanie Zaro, who ordered him held on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 6.