Police and prosecutors say that between 2009 and 2012, the ring committed more than 45 commercial and residential burglaries on Long Island. The federal indictment of the five men was unsealed Thursday.
After a handful of burglaries, residents have been calling each other and using Facebook to make sure no one else becomes a victim.
Police on Saturday were asking the public to help search for a man who posed as a water quality inspector, and distracted a 75-year-old Bronx woman while a second man burglarized her home.
The suspect was caught on surveillance video walking into Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Astoria around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.
The suspect entered Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 30-11 30 Drive in Astoria and removed jewelry and an unspecified amount of cash before fleeing.
An alleged prowler was left in critical condition Sunday evening, after police said he tried to escape from an East Village apartment he had just burglarized by jumping from a fifth-story window.
Police are looking for a man who burglarized an Upper West Side salon, only to steal an empty cash register.
The thief entered Jimmy’s Diner, at 92 Calyer St. in Greenpoint, through a basement door around 5:20 a.m. on Sept. 24, police said.
Police on Monday were seeking four suspects who they say broke into a junior high school on the Lower East Side and stole musical instruments and laptops.
The suspect has a tattoo of a bulldog on his right shoulder and a tattoo of praying hands on his right forearm, police said.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said investigators uncovered “clear evidence” that 21-year-old Patrick O’Sullivan of East Moriches planned “a new scheme he believed would result in his freedom.”
Break-ins in the 112th precinct — which includes Forest Hills and Rego Park — are up 28.7 percent this year compared to 2012.
Police on Tuesday were asking for help from the public in finding a suspect connected to five burglaries, and one attempted burglary, on the Upper East Side.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
The woman, who asked not to be identified by name, called 911 after she heard the suspects in her Garfield home Wednesday afternoon.