2010-03-26 / Top Stories

Two Busted For Beach 116 St. Break-In

By Howard Schwach

Two men were arrested this month in connection with an earlier burglary at a Beach 116 Street deli, police and court sources say.

According to court documents supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, John Scanlon, 49, of Beach 115 Street broke into the Gardens Best deli at 186 Beach 116 Street shortly after midnight on February 27 while Devon Seay, 38, of Brooklyn, watched for police.

According to the criminal complaint, the owner of the deli, Chun Li, and one of his assistants came into the store early in the morning and found the front window broken and the front counter was in disarray.

Checking his surveillance camera, Li found photos of a man, later identified as Scanlon, cutting two padlocks on the front door gate with a bolt cutter and then breaking the side window with his shoulder.

Scanlon allegedly slid into the store and packed numerous cartons of cigarettes into a box, while his accomplice stayed outside, “glancing in all directions.”

Scanlon and Seay then fled the scene.

Detectives from the Queens Detective Area 100 identified Scanlon from the surveillance video and got a search warrant for his Beach 115 Street apartment.

There, the criminal complaint says, detectives found pictures of the two men inside the deli, as well as the bolt cutter and box of cigarette cartons.

A spokesperson for Brown said that Scanlon was arrested on March 9 and arraigned on the same day on charges of burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and criminal mischief.

He is being held on $100,000 bond and $50,000 cash for his next court hearing, which is set for early April.

Seay was arrested on March 10 and arraigned on March 11 on charges of burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.

He is being held on $7,500 bond for his next court hearing early next month.

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