Two Nabbed In Barber, Game Shop Break-Ins
By Brian Magoolaghan
A Far Rockaway teenager and a young accomplice were arrested and charged last week in connection with repeat break-ins at a Rockaway Beach videogame store and a barber shop that were hit for thousands in cash, games, accessories and DVDs in recent burglaries.
Detectives say that on the morning of March 1, Raphael Negron, 17, and his juvenile partner in crime used a sledgehammer to break a padlock at the rear of two adjoining stores on Beach 92 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Holland Avenue.
Using a hammer and crowbar, Negron, of 51-45 Almeda Avenue, bashed open the cash register inside the barbershop, Darren's Buzz Cuts, and stole the cash inside. He also took several DVD's before smashing through the wall separating Darren's from the videogame store, Gamer Republic, where he stole several electronic games and accessories.
The stores, which are protected by roll down steel gates in front, were not equipped with an alarm system, police said.
The storeowners, Darren Robinson of Darren's Buzz Cuts and Derrek Murdock of Gamer Republic, discovered their stores were burglarized and trashed when they arrived to open for business three to four hours after the break-in. They called police, who began an investigation and discovered the hammer and crowbar had been left behind by the intruders.
Negron and his accomplice were nabbed during the early morning hours of March 6, when they were spotted by police in a fenced-in area behind the stores. The pair, which had returned for a repeat performance, re-entered the stores, ripped down the wood that was nailed up to repair the damage from the first break-in and stole more videogames and accessories, police said.
Negron led Detective Janet Barry of the 100 Squad to a locker where he was storing some of the merchandise that he stole and admitted his role in both capers later that day, according to court records.
It was not clear exactly how much cash or how many items were stolen and/or damaged in the two incidents, but records suggest the total cost to the store owners reaches into the thousands of dollars.
Negron is charged with three counts of burglary and grand larceny; four counts of criminal mischief; and two counts of possession of stolen property and possession of burglar's tools. Bail for Negron was set at $25,000 at his arraignment on March 9. He is due back in court on March 23.
His accomplice, whose name is being withheld by law enforcement because he is a juvenile, is charged with trespassing.