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A crew of crackerjack investigators helped take down a burglary crew allegedly led by a violent ringleader who has had his fair share of run−ins with the law.
Elijah Scott, 29, and his team won’t be causing problems in the community any more, thanks to both the day and night tours of the 61st Precinct’s anti−crime team, Captain George Mastrokostas, the station house’s commanding officer, told the 61st Precinct Community Council.
Working together, the two teams, which included Officers Sherwin Ifill, Edwin Vargas, Matthew Perrone, Suzanne Taha, Joseph Breeder, Sergeant Sal Carola and Lieutenant Mark Crawford, managed to apprehend Scott as well as two other men allegedly responsible for a handful of burglaries in Sheepshead Bay.
Prosecutors said that a few drops of blood shed at one of the burglary scenes led police to Scott on March 16. The rest of the crew, who were not named as this paper went to press, were arrested a few days later.
Police allege that Scott broke into a home on East 18th Street near Avenue U on November 21 and ransacked a young man’s bedroom, taking an iPod, CDs, a PlayStation 2 and a pinky ring. The blood recovered at the scene directed police to Scott, who had his DNA profile on file in the New York State Criminal Justice Database.
Members of the anti−crime team arrested Scott without incident. A follow−up investigation led to two other names.
Anti−crime officers were sitting on one of the suspects’ homes the next day when they spotted the other accomplice walking down the street with a shopping cart filled with electronics and other items.
The officers stopped the suspect and quickly determined that the cart was filled with loot from burglarized homes, as well as a loaded .45 caliber pistol.
All three suspects were charged with multiple counts of burglary. Further charges were pending, investigators said.
Sources said that Scott was allegedly implicated in a shooting on Staten Island several years ago, but was not convicted of the crime.
Mastrokostas said that the anti−crime team has been instrumental in reducing burglaries in the 61st Precinct, which has seen a nearly 19 percent drop since the beginning of the year.
Overall crime is down 20 percent in the command, which protects Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Homecrest and parts of Midwood.
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