2008-01-18 / Community

Arrested Again Returning To The Scene OfHis Crimes

By Nicholas Briano

Police have caught a 25-year-old Arverne man stealing a car that was left running outside the victim's home just days after he struck a plea bargain to lessen a previous grand larceny auto charge resulting from the theft of a GPS device from another car, police say.

Court sources have identified the repeat offender as Allen Phifer, of 115- 17 Beach 71 Street.

Phifer committed the first crime when he was walking past 10-22 Gipson Street, on December 27, at around 1:30 p.m. and saw Janandai Singh leave her car running and head into the house. She left the key in the ignition of her new 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse when Phifer jumped into the car and sped away.

However, when Singh spotted the runaway driver only fifteen minutes later on Beach 12 Street and Redfern Avenue he immediately saw her and attempted to flee the scene of the crime on foot, but not without a souvenir. Singh told police that she saw the defendant running away with the vehicle's GPS navigation system as it was falling out of his arms.

His original charges included third degree Grand Larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property. Despite the laundry list of charges against him, the Queens District Attorney still struck a plea deal with Phifer to lower his charges to a single count of possession of stolen property, the equivalent of shoplifting. His plea was also gifted with a conditional discharge from a Queens criminal judge.

However, after being spared his freedom once, he allegedly ran into trouble with the law again just two days later on the morning of January 2. Phifer was apprehended by police in nearly the exact same spot where he committed the previous crime. This time, the crime was committed in front of 10-32 Gipson Street where Phifer was spotted by police breaking into a 2002 Hyundai, a car which has been reported stolen since December 22. Police allegedly saw him rummaging through the back seat of the Hyundai as the car alarm was screaming throughout the streets.

After breaking into the Hyundai, which lead to his second arrest, Phifer was arraigned on charges of third degree criminal possession of stolen property and third degree unauthorized use of a vehicle.

In addition, he is being sent for a psychological evaluation before his next appearance on February 4 in Queens Criminal Court.

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