Sunnyside Gardens burglary suspect nabbed by cops just 50 feet from Van Bramer’s home
August 20, By Christian Murray
The police arrested a man in Sunnyside Gardens Tuesday morning who is most likely responsible for a series of break ins in the landmarked district—including councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s house.
The suspect was caught at 4:00am Tuesday morning in a courtyard between 46th and 47th Streets (btw. Skillman and 39th Avenues), according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
The alleged perpetrator was picked up by the police on a trespassing charge just 50 feet away from Van Bramer’s house, which was burgled 10 days ago. The suspect had been lurking in the courtyard, casing out homes, Van Bramer said.
The man allegedly was in possession of several stolen items that belonged to a Sunnyside Gardens home owner. He has a rap sheet that includes several burglaries.
“I think it is very likely that this was the burglar [who broke in to my house],” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “He has a long rap sheet and was found close to my home.”
Van Bramer said he is hopeful that the arrest will help the recent jump in burglaries in Sunnyside Gardens subside.
“I applaud the 108 precinct for their quick response ,” Van Bramer said. He also praised the precinct for apprehending the man allegedly responsible for a string of arsons.