Ridgewood burglar busted for cutting hole in apartment wall to steal roommates’ stuff: cops

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Detectives arrested an upstate man last week who allegedly burglarized a Ridgewood apartment building nearly a year ago, breaking into one residence and cutting a hole through the wall in order to enter a neighboring unit.

A suspect has been arrested for stealing items from a Ridgewood apartment nearly a year after residents reported seeing a hole in their wall shared with the adjacent apartment and discovered valuables missing.

Jordan Rohoman, 23, of New Paltz, New York was taken into custody on Jan. 22 for the incident in which he took jewelry and electronics from an apartment in the vicinity of Seneca Avenue and Woodbine Street on Feb. 22, 2018.

According to the criminal complaint that the Queens District Attorney’s office provided, four people shared the apartment at the time. One of the residents told police she left her apartment on the morning of Feb. 22, 2018, and came home to find a hole in the wall leading to the adjacent unit. Three bracelets, two necklaces and a Sony laptop were reported missing, court document said.

The woman told her roommates about the occurrence and they reported laptops and jewelry missing as well, the complaint noted.

In viewing video surveillance from the scene, authorities said, Rohoman was observed pulling on the front door of the building before going down a set of stairs and entering through the basement door with a backpack and a bicycle. Rohoman was allegedly able to enter through the back door of the apartment occupied by the building manager, which is next door to the victim’s apartment.

From there, Rohoman was able to get in through the apartment’s back door after touring the side of the building and knocking on the door.

The footage allegedly shows Rohoman making two trips into and out of the building, while toting a duffel bag between about 4 p.m. and 4:46 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2018. During his second trip, the complaint noted, he was seen carrying the duffel, a tote bag and an over-the-shoulder bag.

Rohoman was charged by the 104th Precinct Detective Squad with burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing. He was ordered held on $50,000 following arraignment, and must return to court on Feb. 20, court records indicated.

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