10 NOVEMBER 3, 2016 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM PURSE SNATCHER ATTACKS ELDERLY WOMAN IN F.H. Man snatches purse from 85-yearold woman on Forest Hills street Police need the public’s help in fi nding a purse snatcher who robbed an elderly woman in Forest Hills recently. On Oct. 23 at 6:45 p.m., the man approached an 85-year-old woman from behind near 72nd Road. He snatched her purse, which caused her to fall to the ground. The woman suff ered from a laceration to her left ankle but refused medical treatment, police said. The theft was reported to the 112th Precinct. The individual is described as a white male who was last seen wearing a light-colored hat, black jeans and a light-colored coat. PERSONS ARRESTED IN RECENT POLICE ACTIONS AS REPORTED BY THE 104TH PRECINCT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Oct. 24: (Beat 5) Walter Delgado, at Cooper Avenue, for assault, by P.O. Clark. (Beat 4) Gabriella M. Lostumbo, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for assault, by Det. Houlihan. Oct. 25: (Beat 2) Nakia M. Pellom, at Myrtle Avenue, for petit larceny, by P.O. Dowal. (Beat 12) David C. Monz, at Metropolitan Avenue and 73rd Place, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Arata. (Beat 3) Edison Caguana, at Centre Street and Cypress Avenue, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Berish. Oct. 26: (Beat 4) Mauricio E. Rivas, at 69th Avenue, for robbery, by P.O. Combs. (Beat 4) David E. Orellana, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal contempt, by Det. Scrimenti. (Beat 4) Luis Auquella, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal contempt, by Det. Diaquoi. (Beat 4) Juan C. Auquella, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal contempt, by P.O. Mathelier-Potter. (Beat 54) Johny A. Callegas, at Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Abbondandelo. Oct. 27: (Beat 2) Henry A. Caceres, at Seneca Avenue and Woodbine Street, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Zbikowski. (Beat 4) Stephanie Crespo, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for assault, by Det. Rogers. Oct. 28: (Beat 4) Martha Fernandez, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for assault, by Det. Moon. (Beat 4) Roksana M. Kriutelski, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal contempt, by P.O. York. (Beat 15) Jose Gomez, at Onderdonk Avenue, for criminal mischief, by P.O. Hendrick. (Beat 15) Klever A. Avila Saquicela, at Menahan Street and Onderdonk Avenue, for operating a motor vehicle while under the infl uence of alcohol, by P.O. Khan. Oct. 29: (Beat 4) Ryan Grannum, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for assault, by Det. Feldman. (Beat 16) Joseph Gagliano, at Woodhaven Boulevard and Union Turnpike, for DWI, by P.O. Ock. Oct. 30: (Beat 3) Matthew Bernard, at Seneca Avenue and Norman Street, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Campbell. (Beat 14) Victor Varela, at 69th Place, for criminal obstruction of breathing, by P.O. Nardello. (Beat 12) Edison J. Molina-Espinoza, at 64th and Dry Harbor Roads, for DWI, by P.O. Hirani. (Beat 6) Lenin John Joseph, at Caldwell Avenue, for menacing, by P.O. May. Beat 5) Jerzy Solecki and Gheorghe Tuta, at Myrtle Avenue, for petit larceny, by P.O. Shariff . The 104th Precinct, located at 64- 02 Catalpa Ave., can be reached by calling 718-386-3004. It was noted that all criminal charges are accusations and all persons listed in this blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty. POLICE BEAT Compiled by Ridgewood Times Staff 104 PRECINCT BLOTTER “When Only The Best Will Do!” Great Quality, Fair Pricing! Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confi dential. FOUR MEN INDICTED IN QUEENS ON OVER 900 COUNTS OF GRAND LARCENY FOR ATM SCHEME They’ve got way more than 99 problems now. Four men have been indicted on 908 counts in an indictment announced Tuesday for their alleged roles in a scheme to steal identities through ATM skimmers placed at banks across the city. Brooklyn’s Ionut Gherasim, 29, Ionut Paraschiu, 31, Zsolt Dezsy, 37, and Robert Duczon, 37, were charged in the indictment with criminal possession of forgery devices, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree unlawful possession of personal identifi cation information and fi ft h-degree conspiracy. In footage obtained during the course of the investigation, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, the defendants were allegedly seen tinkering with ATM devices. They either removed and replaced the top panel of the ATM, or manipulated the bottom part of the machine in order to install the skimmer. Skimmers read the magnetic strip on the back of credit and debit cards, which contains the personal and bank account information of the user. Thieves typically sell the information obtained by the skimmers to other fraudsters, or use the info to create fraudulent credit and debit cards to withdraw cash or complete transactions. Detectives executed a court-authorized search of Paraschiu’s home and recovered skimmers as well as false ATM panels with cameras angled to record victims entering their PIN and numerous re-encoded cards from a number of fi nancial institutions. Similar gadgets were allegedly thrown out of the window during a raid in the apartment of defendants Duczon, Dezsy and Gherasim, prosecutors said. Aft er an additional search warrant was executed in their home, law enforcement allegedly recovered skimmers, false ATM panels, plastic cards and other objects. “For most people, ATMs are an access point to acquiring cash easily and quickly. But just as swift ly as one swipes their bank card, their account details can be stolen,” Brown said in a statement. “The four defendants in this case are accused of conspiring to steal the identity of ATM users by replacing whole ATM panels with pinhole cameras aimed to record customers inputting their PIN numbers and skimmers. This kind of stealth thievery will not be tolerated in Queens County.” If convicted, the defendants each face up to seven years in prison. Brown recommends that people who believe they may be victims of identity theft should contact credit reporting bureaus and their local police precinct, and fi le a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or the United States Postal Service.
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