Detectives arrested five teenagers this week for allegedly breaking into a Catholic school in Little Neck and stealing thousands of dollars in laptop computers and tablets from a safe, police sources said on Friday.
Prosecutors said the burglary occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 2 a.m. the following morning at Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy located at 45-11 245th St., near Alameda Avenue.
According to law enforcement sources, an employee of the school arrived there on Aug. 6 and discovered that an entry way into the school was unlocked. Once inside, the worker also found that the door to the computer lab had been left open.
Moments later, authorities said, the employee went into the computer lab and found that a safe were computer equipment was stored had been opened, and 50 devices — including 29 iPad tablets and 21 Chromebook laptop computers — had been removed. Police estimated the value of the stolen devices to be in excess of $15,000.
The 111th Precinct responded to a call about the burglary, and the 111th Precinct Detective Squad launched an investigation that led to the arrest on Aug. 9 of three Little Neck residents: Juan Jimenez, 16, of 246th Place; and Andre Mendivil, 19, and a 17-year-old male, both of whom reside on 57th Drive.
The following day, Aug. 10, 111th Precinct detectives picked up two other suspects allegedly involved in the break-in: Frank Bordais, 17, of Little Neck Parkway in Little Neck and Brett Guglielmetti, 17, of 248th Street in Bellerose.
According to the criminal complaint provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the five were seen on footage obtained from security cameras at the school allegedly entering the building empty-handed on the night of Aug. 5, then leaving the building later with each of them carrying large objects.
Deputy Inspector William McBride, commander of the 111th Precinct, noted in a post on the precinct’s Twitter page on Thursday night that the stolen devices had been recovered. The criminal complaint noted that the stolen devices were found in four of the suspects’ homes; Guglielmetti’s father allegedly turned over to police the stolen computers and tablets that his son allegedly had in his possession.
Gr8work by our Detective Sqd tracking down 5 ppl responsible for a burglary at a local school and recovering computer equipment. #Douglaston
— NYPD 111th Precinct (@NYPD111Pct) August 11, 2017
Bordais, Guglielmetti, Jimenez, Mendivil and the 17-year-old were each charged with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and grand larceny, according to court records. They were released without bail at arraignment and are scheduled to return to court in September.
QNS reached out to Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy for comment about the case and is awaiting a response.