2003-03-01 / Front Page

Cops Bag West End Burglary Suspect

By Howard Schwach

Cops Bag West End Burglary Suspect

By Howard Schwach

When police officers from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park entered 112-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on February 20 to execute a warrant to search for drugs, they were surprised to see, laying in plain sight, jewelry, silverware and other items that appeared to be from west end homes that had been burglarized in the last several months.

Led by Captain Charles Talamo, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, and joined by the precinct anti-crime team and the department's emergency service unit (ESU), the cops vouchered the suspected contraband and began to call west end residents who had been burglarized. Eventually, the calls led to a positive identification of some of the items and a charge of burglary.

Among those police officers who were involved in what police are calling a "major burglary arrest" were Lieutenant Derrick Corrado, the precinct's special ops lieutenant, Sergeant George Kallas, who heads the anti-crime team and Police Officers Michael Sykora and Thomas Marrone.

The police arrested the three people who were in the apartment at the time of the raid.

They are Damian Amico, 27, David Rivera, 20, both of 112-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Serajade McLuckey, 19, who was visiting at the time.

According to police sources, Amico admitted to at least one burglary in the west end, as well as to numerous burglaries in Mineola, Floral Park and in the 105 Precinct area. A Nassau Police source says that he will be charged with at least four burglaries in that county.

"This is another example of how one incident of illegal activity leads to other illegal activities," Captain Talamo told the meeting of the 100 Precinct Community Council on Wednesday night," alluding to the fact that the drug raid led to a big arrest for burglary.

"There were statements that they stopped their activity in Rockaway because they knew we were watching for them, that they would not be successful if they kept it up," the captain said.

All three of those arrested were charged with possession of illegal drugs and possession of stolen property. In addition, Amico was charged with the actual burglaries.

According to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the three, who are each being held on $100 thousand bond, will have their next court date on March 7 in Queens Supreme Court.

Police and detectives from the 100 Precinct are checking out possible ties between Amico and other Rockaway crimes.


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