Second Try Was Costly

Maspeth Burglar Caught On Return Trip

Collared last Wednesday, July 9, for allegedly trying to get into a Maspeth home, a Maspeth man was later booked for two successful burglaries on the same block a month earlier, law enforcement sources reported.

Police identified the perpetrator as Alexander Beltran, 46, of West 25th Street, who was picked up at about 3:40 p.m. last Wednesday for allegedly turning door knobs in an apparent attempt to get into a home on 56th Street off Flushing Avenue.

Officers from the 104th Precinct reportedly stopped the suspect after receiving a 911 call from an eyewitness.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the officers found a crowbar, two screwdrivers and a pair of gloves from a backpack Beltran had in his possession.

P.O. Daniel McGuire of the 104th Precinct subsequently took Beltran into custody on charges of possession of burglar’s tools and criminal mischief.

Following questioning by the 104th Precinct Detective Squad, Beltran was later charged for two break-ins that occurred at a neighboring home on 56th Street on June 9 between 12:50 and 8:15 p.m.

Authorities said Beltran allegedly broke into a second-floor apartment, ransacked a bedroom and removed assorted jewelry, headphones and $300 in cash. He reportedly got inside a neighboring apartment, but no property was removed.

During questioning, Beltran allegedly admitted to carrying out the two burglaries. P.O. Oleg Matat of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad charged him with second-degree burglary, second-degree attempted burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny.

According to court records, Beltran was arraigned last Thursday, July 10, in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Stephanie Zaro, who ordered him held on $40,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court on July 25.

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