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Police arrested a man in Ridgewood last week after the suspect spent the evening allegedly trying to break into multiple residences — but got caught red-handed by witnesses and ran away every time, according to criminal complaints.

The suspect, 63-year-old Mitchell Solieri, started his failed spree at a residence on 71st Place near Myrtle Avenue in Glendale.

According to the complaint from the Queens District Attorney’s office, Solieri allegedly entered the screened-in back porch of the residence sometime between 7:39 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on March 2, and a resident of the home witnessed him banging and kicking multiple doors in an attempt to gain entry. Solieri then fled the location, police said.

Minutes later, Solieri was allegedly witnessed trying to open the gate of another property on the same block within the same time frame. The witness, who is the resident of the home, also reviewed surveillance video from the home and observed Solieri allegedly pulling on the handles and trunk of his car parked in front of the residence, according to the criminal complaint.

A few hours later, Solieri allegedly gained entry to a second-floor residence on Myrtle Avenue near 61st Street between 10:10 and 10:20 p.m. Solieri allegedly broke the glass front door of the residence to get inside, and police said a resident of the building was asleep inside at the time.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the scene and arrested Solieri on site, police said.

Solieri has been arraigned and charged with criminal trespassing in the third degree, two counts of burglary in the second degree, attempted criminal trespassing in the third degree, unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent and criminal mischief with intent to damage property.

Solieri is currently being held on $31,500 bond or $33,000 cash bail, and he is due to appear in court on March 8.


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