Police Charge Suspect With String Of Eight Home Burglaries In Clarkstown, Orangetown And Ramapo

Clarkstown police arrested Alejandro Cruz, 43, of Staten Island on Thursday in Nanuet


Clarkstown police report they arrested Alejandro Cruz, 43, of Staten Island on Wednesday afternoon in Nanuet and charged him with four home burglaries in Nanuet and New City that involved cash and jewelry.  Orangetown and Ramapo police investigators interviewed Cruz and were planning to charge him in connection with one Orangetown break-in and three in Ramapo. Police report Cruz will be charged with eight burglaries. He is currently being held for arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court.

Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni said Cruz walking on Grandview Avenue in Nanuet on Wednesday afternoon at 4:20 p.m. when a detective on the department’s burglary task force spoke with him.  The officer noticed he was wearing shoes “consistent with footprints that were left at some of the burglary scenes” and took Cruz to police headquarters for questioning. After further interviewing, police arrested and charged Cruz with four burglaries in Clarkstown: Wilton Circle in New City, and Fenner Lane, South Middletown Road and Grandview Ave in Nanuet.

A home on Grandview Ave was broken into Wednesday. The other burglaries in Clarkstown had occurred over the course of a week. Break-ins on Lafayette Drive and Ellen Street in New City and Rinne Road in Nanuet are still under investigation. A safe was taken from the Lafayette Street residence and police said that appeared to have been done more professionally.

“Ellen Street was not attributed to him,” said Fratianni. “Lafayette Street was not attributed to him.”

The break-in on Rinne Road in Nanuet has not been connected to Cruz.

Fratianni said Cruz, who had been released from jail in November after serving 10 years for burglary, had previously lived in Rockland and had ties to the area. She said he did not have a car, was traveling by bus and moving the area on foot. Fratianni said police think Cruz was committing the break-ins on his own.

Investigators from Orangetown and Ramapo Police investigators also interviewed Cruz and will be charging him with three burglaries in Ramapo and one burglary in Orangetown. The Orangetown break-in took place near Silver Birch Lane and Townline Road in Pearl River, police said.

In response to the break-ins, Clarkstown police initiated a burglary task force, which supplemented the daily patrols with additional patrol officers.

INTHEKNOW March 25, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I read your post.. and your per capita argument makes no sense... Im sure that Clarkstown and Orangetown have the same amount of officers per single family home, but Clarkstown has dynamics that don't exist in Orangetown, thus the need for additional officers. For example, Orangetown has two high schools, Pearl River and Tappan Zee. Clarkstown has Nyack, Nanuet, CHS North and South. Orangetown has about 10 grammar schools, Clarkstown has nearly 30. You also can't discount the mall, Nanuet's bustling shopping district (soon to have another mall) and a hundred other variables. You are trying to make your point by comparing apples to orangetown... It's a silly argument. Why don't you argue that Orangetown has more cops than Stony Point.. it's the same silly premise?
Michael N. Hull March 25, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Intheknow writes <<His cop hatred comes out>> Thankfully I have no "hatred" in my soul for anyone. As to the police their compensation is unsustainable and their services will have to be outsourced or reductions will occur. That will be painful. <<<cop hatred >>> 1) I served as a reference for an officer presently serving in the CPD. 2) I was a friend of ex-Chief Schnackenberg. We attended the same church. 3) I knew both ex-chief Sherwood (had dinner at his home several times) and knew his son very well. I have no ill will towards Officer Sherwood but I am saddened by his behavior. <<<We should forgive the sinner .... in the case of the officer there is no compassion >> Both are "sinners" as YOU put it. We ought to forgive BOTH and be compassionate to both but we ought not condone or forgive either of the acts. There must be justice, not retributive but restorative. Cruz received retributive justice which clearly was not restorative. An officer in Westchester is going on trial. He earned 1/3 what Sherwood received & was accused of falsifying only 2 hours of OT. He faces retributive jail time. http://www.lohud.com/article/20130213/NEWS02/302130077/D-Mount-Vernon-cop-lied-about-2-hours-overtime-reports <<< 20 years to get a pension.>>> Sherwood has a pension. http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/stoneturn-could-turn-stones <<<By the way 'Mike'>>> By the way my name is 'Michael'
Mike Hirsch March 25, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Thank you for a civil discourse. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. As far as my original post regarding the solid performance of the CPD, I feel that it's important to tell people when they do a good job. I do the same for Alex. When he does something that I think is good, I say so. People will only listen to you if they think that you're being objective, which I always try to be.
Anthony Mele March 27, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Patch Editor: Question. What is the evidence besides generic brand sneakers found in the Dollar Store? Was he found with any of the stolen goods? Was he identified by any witnesses? One story said he traveled by public transportation - was he seen with any of the stolen goods or the bus schedule coincide with the times of the burglaries? So far, he has prior's and generic sneakers is all that is reported accusing him of being a one man crime wave.
Watchdog March 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Appears obvious he was profiled since he did 'fit in".the neighborhood.,A good attorney would get him off. Too bad he cannot afford one.


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