Police arrested three men they say sexually assaulted a 60-year-old Orthodox woman during a March 6 file-stealing spree at a Nostrand Avenue auto-leasing business — yet cops say they don’t know why the thieves were after the company’s paperwork.
Detectives nabbed the two thieves responsible the attack inside First Class Auto Leasing between Burnett Street and Madison Place — as well as the team’s ringleader, who didn’t participate in the theft — on March 8, charging them with rape, robbery, sex abuse and burglary.
The woman had just opened for the day when two of the three men came to the door at 9:30 am, claiming that her boss had left some documents for them.
One of the thugs grabbed the woman as soon as she let them inside, police said. The other began searching for files and removed three boxes of documents to an awaiting car.
The woman was then taken to a back bathroom, where the rape occurred, an NYPD spokesman said.
Investigators used surveillance camera images taken at the time of the attack to track down the thieves’ getaway vehicle, which in turn led them to their suspects.
The man police claim raped the 60-year-old has an extensive criminal record and had been arrested five other times on charges ranging from assault to burglary, a source from the 63rd Precinct said.
But investigators still do not know why the thieves needed the documents — or what they contained.
Police suspect that the files held personal information of customers, including names, addresses and credit card numbers — information needed to steal one’s identity.Reach reporter Colin MIxson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (718) 260-4514.
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