The not−so−bright future of four would−be GPS thieves was clearly mapped out this week after cops apprehended them in two separate incidents.
Cops from the 78th Precinct said that two of the four suspects were no strangers to the criminal justice system. In fact, between the two of them, the pair had 56 priors for assault, robbery, petit larceny and a host of other charges before they were arrested Monday night.
Anthony Hamilton and Carlos Martin were both grabbed after Sergeant Jerry Gallardo and Police Officer Anthony Cacioppo allegedly saw them looting cars parked along Prospect Park West near 15th Street shortly after midnight on May 12.
The two were taken into custody without incident.
They reportedly had a stolen portable GPS device and some other items they had removed from a nearby car when they were taken into custody.
Both men were charged with grand larceny.
The following morning, Shawn Odom and Darryl Coleman were apprehended after they allegedly broke into a car on the other side of the park across from the Brooklyn Museum.
The two had allegedly just taken a GPS device and some other valuables from the car when Lieutenant Patrick Diskin and Police Officer Arthur Roldan rolled up on them.
The duo dropped the loot and ran off, police alleged, but they didn’t get far.
They, too, were charged with grand larceny, officials said.
Cops alleged that they used a screwdriver to force open the door to the car they looted.
Hamilton and Martin reportedly used a more effective “burglar’s tool” – a device that can break through a window with minimal noise or shattered glass.
Police from the 78th Precinct said that the four arrests were a product of the increased enforcement around Prospect Park as well as throughout Park Slope as they try to combat a slow rise of car break−in complaints.
Car break−ins make up a healthy percentage of the grand larceny reports the precinct fields each week, police said.
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