Burglary suspect arrested in 12 northeast Queens heists

Burglary suspect arrested in 12 northeast Queens heists
By Mark Hallum

The NYPD said it has arrested the suspect wanted in connection with a string of 12 commercial burglaries within the 109th and 111th precincts.

Police said Kenneth Connolly, 50, an Auburndale resident, was charged with nine counts of burglary and four counts of grand larceny. His last known address was in vicinity of 188th Street between 47th and 48th avenues.

The first burglary took place Jan. 15 around 7 a.m. when Connolly allegedly broke into a business at 171-67 46th Ave. through the rear door and removed an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.

On Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., police said an individual entered JSC Laundromat at 192-19 47th Ave. through a duct in the back of the building. The suspect also removed cash from the register at this location, according to NYPD.

Moon Star Chinese Restaurant was next at 172-16 46th Ave. was next on Jan. 20. The suspect left with $300 from the register. This burglary was followed by two others that day, including B&J Cleaners at 172-18 46th Ave.

Pioccolo Sogno Pizzeria at 195-14 47th Ave. was hit by the serial burglar on Jan. 22.

On Jan. 23, the suspect took money from three locations by going back to JSC Laundromat, according to police, then Michael and Sons Pizza located at 192-13 47th Ave., and Auburndale Pharmacy at 192-15 47th Ave., all between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

On Jan. 25 three more businesses were struck in the early morning, including a barbershop at 46-08 Utopia Ave., J&L French Cleaners at 172-18 46th Ave. and the Family Dentistry at 46-06 Utopia Ave. All three locations reported an undetermined amount of cash missing.

In all, 12 sites were burglarized within a few blocks of the suspects of the suspects last known address.

If any information is known about the man in question, NYPD is asking for tips to be directed to the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. Spanish-speaking tipsters can call 1-888-57-PISTA.

All calls are confidential.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhall[email protected]glocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.