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Cops Nab Jewel Thief

A Bronx man has been arrested and charged with multiple burglaries,  including one in Mineola in which a 69-year-old woman caught him going through her desk and grabbed him, but he broke free, Nassau County police said.

The man was identified as Morris Santaniello, 60.

 

Police said they arrested Santaniello in Astoria, Queeens on April 10. In a burglary at the Birchwood Court Complex in Mineola on Feb. 19, police said the 69-year-old woman returned to her residence and saw  a man in her apartment going through her desk. 

 

She grabbed him, attempting to stop his escape, but he broke free and fled on foot onto Roslyn Road. Police said jewelry and cash were missing from the victim’s apartment.

The victim, who asked not to be identified in a March 1 Mineola American cover story, did not return calls for comment.

 

Russell Sutherland, president of the Birchwood Court Co-Op Board of Directors, said “I want to thank Nassau County police for their successful investigation and arrest of the Bronx resident for burglary.” 

Police said Santaniello gained access to the building by repeatedly pressing call buttons in the lobby until one room buzzed the suspect in.  He returned to Birchwood and broke into two apartments and removed jewelry from each dwelling at approximately 5 and 7:30 p.m. that night. The victims were 64-and a 58-year-old females, respectively.

 

Santaniello was also charged with a burglary that occurred at an apartment on Mineola Boulevard on Jan. 8, where he reportedly removed jewelry from an 81-year-old female victim’s apartment.