2010-07-30 / Top Stories

101 Pct. Makes Arrests In House, Car Burglaries

By Miriam Rosenberg

Residents living in Bayswater and the lower east end can rest a little easier following the announcements by the commander of the 101 Precinct that arrests have been made in house and car burglaries that were plaguing those areas.

Captain Michael Lipetri, last Wednesday at the 101 Precinct Community Council meeting, said that the precinct had identified a perpetrator of the home break-ins in Bayswater that had been occurring since May of this year.

“We had four houses that were hit,” said Lipetri on July 21.

Because the arrest was made on the day of the meeting, the investigation was still ongoing and details were still sketchy.

The break-ins occurred in the Bayswater area between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m.

“It was pretty intense in that people were home at the time,” said Lipetri.

He did add that the suspect, who lives in Brooklyn, has ties to the Rockaways.

The alleged suspect is currently being held in Brooklyn on another burglary charge.

“Our investigation led us to him. We definitely know he did one of them. He’s been arrested for one of the four, we’re pretty [sure] he did all of them, but right now he’s been arrested for one of them. He’s the right guy.”

According to information from District Attorney Richard Brown’s office, the arrest for the car breakins was made on June 10 when Jerome Cowan was observed looking into the windows of several parked cars in front of 551 Cedar Hill Road.

While Cowan was removing his ID, Officer Joseph Spano noticed a debit card in the suspect’s wallet with a different name on it.

Further investigation led Spano to the owner of the debit card, Amy Jonas, who told the officer that her purse – which contained the debit card – had been stolen from her car in the vicinity of Beach 9 Street just days before.

In addition, Cowan was found with a GPS system that was proved to belong to Torrence Dancyki.

The device was stolen from Dancyki’s car in the early morning hours of June 10.

“It was a good job,” said Lipetri. “The other thing about this is that person that they arrested has been arrested over 30 times in the city of New York.

He’s been arrested more than three times for burglary.”

Cowan is in jail on $15,000 bail on the charges of criminal procession of stolen property in the fourth degree, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

His next court date is September 23.

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