Six individuals linked to a series of burglaries spanning across 11 counties have been handed sentences following their convictions.
New York Attorney General Letitia James made the announcement regarding the outcome of the trial, detailing the involvement of a crew responsible for carrying out more than 200 burglaries.
Their targets included car dealerships, cellular phone stores, and ATM businesses located in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.
The convictions pertain to a group of six individuals, all hailing from The Bronx.
“The crew’s activities encompassed the theft of cars, cellular phones, merchandise, and cash, collectively valued at an amount exceeding $3 million,” James said.
This figure notably comprises no less than 54 vehicles.
Throughout an extensive 13-month investigation, the burglary crew’s activities were traced to over 200 commercial burglaries that occurred across 11 counties in the downstate area.
These counties encompass Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess.
“Also, burglaries attributed to the crew extended beyond state lines, involving incidents in Connecticut and New Jersey.”
The investigation unearthed the modus operandi of the theft crew, which involved strategically selecting neighborhoods containing multiple car dealerships and cell phone stores.
This allowed them to carry out multiple burglaries in a single night, increasing their efficiency.
Notably, the crew frequently employed a tactic of waiting for law enforcement response to burglary alarms before initiating high-speed chases from the crime scenes.
This reckless behavior posed significant risks to both law enforcement officers and the local community.
As a result, law enforcement agencies designated the investigation as “Operation Redline,” drawing a parallel between the redline on speedometers and the extraordinary speeds at which the burglars fled from crime scenes.