Queensbridge man arrested following investigation by two precincts

By Bill Parry

A one-man crime spree in Long Island City and Astoria apparently has come to an end after a dual investigation by detectives from the 114th and 108th Precincts.

Shameek Dunbar, 40, was arrested at his home in the Queensbridge Houses Feb. 25, after evidence linked him to four burglaries in the confines of the 114th Precinct, according to the NYPD. Further investigation linked him to seven more burglaries in the 108th Precinct, police said.

During an eight-month period from June 10, 2014 to Feb.17, Dunbar allegedly robbed restaurants, stores and even a nail salon, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney’s office, breaking in a door and window and removing cash from registers.

”It was absolutely fantastic old school detective work completed by the 114 Precinct and 108 Precinct Detective Squads,” Capt. John Travaglia, the 108th Precinct Commander, said. “The two squads shared information, worked together and produced a fantastic arrest. I have worked in both of these houses and the men and women in each, on the first floor on patrol and the men and women on the second floor in the Detective Squads are the finest officers I’ve ever worked with. It was a great job done by all.”

Dunbar is facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of burglar tools, petit larceny and for one of the incidents a charge of grand larceny. Dunbar is due back in court April 9.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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