2008-08-29 / Front Page

West End Burglar Busted By Cops

By Nicholas Briano

A local man has been arrested in connection with three burglaries in Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor for which he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

A bungalow on Beach 108 Street was one of three properties that William O'Connor is accused of burglarizing in the past three months.
Court records state that the suspect, William O'Connor, 31, of 181 Beach 118 Street, is accused of breaking into one bungalow and two houses between the months of May and July, from which laptops, electronics, jewelry, and cash were stolen.

The first of the burglaries occurred on the evening of May 24 on Beach 134 Street in Belle Harbor. O'Connor allegedly broke into the house through a back window and came away with the owner's camera, jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The next burglary occurred on the night of June 22 on Cronston Avenue near Beach 124 Street where O'Connor allegedly, with an accomplice, stole jewelry and household electronics that authorities believe he may have pawned for cash.

The last alleged break-in before O'Connor's arrest occurred three weeks later on July 18, when he is accused of letting himself in through an unlocked door of the bungalow on Beach 108 Street, coming out with a laptop.

These crimes could land O'Connor in jail for 15 years if convicted. He was arrested last week and charged with three counts of second degree burglary and one count of fourth degree criminal mischief in connection with the Beach 134 Street burglary. His bail has been set at $20,000 and he is due back in Queens County court on August 29.

Information has not been released by police stating if the burglary on Beach 134 Street is one of several break-ins that hit the Belle Harbor area in May and June, as reported in this paper.

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