Officers honored for nabbing laundry room bandit
by Andrew Shilling
Jun 26, 2013 | 651 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Captain Thomas Conforti
Captain Thomas Conforti
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A suspect in the string of laundry machine burglaries in Forest Hills was brought to justice.

The 112th Precinct Cop of the Month Award was presented to officers Thomas Daniele, Michelle Fieldman and Ronald Mazzaglia for nabbing one of the four possible suspects in the most recent string of thefts plaguing the neighborhood.

After compiling surveillance video and studying the neighborhood for patterns that started back in April, officers caught one of four serial criminals who allegedly drilled into laundry machines at 11 residential buildings for loose change.

“We consistently analyzed the crime, we plot the crimes and we try to get images out,” explained 112th Precinct Captain Thomas Conforti as he awarded the officers the department’s monthly honor. “We obtained very good surveillance video and images of these individuals.”

Conforti said that while there are 47 banks in the 112th Precinct boundaries, there are over 350 buildings with separate laundry rooms that officers had to take into consideration.

“It was really a big challenge,” he said.

After studying the pattern of break-ins, officers were able to hone in on the area where they thought he might strike again.

The arrest was made in the early morning hours of May 29, when the officers saw the suspect from previous surveillance video at a CVS on Queens Boulevard. They later tracked him down after leaving the scene and evading when police tried to pull him over.

“When they apprehended him, he had a bag with tools on him and he had a radio tuned to the 112th and 104th police scanner,” Conforti reported. “If there was a 911 call, he knew to get out of the area.

According to Conforti, the suspect was on federal parole for burglary and was just released last year.

The remaining three suspects are still on the loose and wanted for 11 laundry machine break-ins in the 112th Precinct, as well as two in the 115th, two in the 109th, two in the 107th and one in the 102nd in Queens, as well as the nine to 10 additional burglaries in Brooklyn.

“Due to the work of these three officers, we apprehended a mini crime wave in the area,” Conforti said. “When I’m not here and I’m home at night, because of these men and women here standing before you, I sleep a lot easier and every one of you should too.”

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