Yonkers, NY, September 15, 2010 – On September 14, 2010 at approximately 6:00 p.m. members of the Yonkers Police Street Crime Unit observed a male known to them for committing numerous past burglaries walking eastbound on Yonkers Avenue. The male was carrying a blue T-shirt and carrying a plastic bag. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Led by Sergeant Papaleo; Police Officers Faivre, Donaghy, Hutter, Devitt, Hanney, Daugherty and Delladonna set up surveillance due to the suspect’s criminal history and the amount of burglaries occurring in the city. The surveillance began at 6:00 p.m. and ended with his arrest at 12:19 a.m.
The suspect – identified as Dominick Lafurno, d.o.b. 10/08/69 of 197 Park Hill Avenue – was on foot during the entire surveillance which began at Yonkers Ave and Elm Street. The suspect was observed walking through the 4th precinct along Saw Mill River Road, Nepperhan Avenue up to Lockwood Avenue. During this time, the suspect was observed looking into commercial businesses, restaurants and stores. He was also observed putting the blue T-shirt on which now covered his white T-shirt. At about 11:00 p.m. the suspect walked back along Saw Mill River Road and into the 2nd precinct walking east on Yonkers Avenue. The suspect was continually observed to be looking into commercial establishments. At approximately 12:15 a.m. officers observed the suspect to walk up to Flowers by Candlelight at 695 Yonkers Avenue. The suspect reached into his rear pocket and removed an object which he then threw through the front glass door. The suspect quickly ran across the street and hid behind a vehicle while looking around. Approximately two minutes later the suspect went back to the Florist and kicked in the remaining shattered glass. He entered the business and emerged approximately one minute later and ran around the building to a driveway located on the side of the building. Officers then observed the suspect remove the blue T-shirt he was wearing. Suspect was now wearing the white T-shirt. The Street Crime Unit officers immediately apprehended the suspect and found him to be in possession of a blue handled chisel, white latex gloves, a green glass cutter, white and black screwdriver, 4 hypodermic needles, a blue T-shirt and $13.75 in coins. A small rock was located inside the florist next to the shattered front door.
Dominick Lafurno was charged with:
Burglary 3rd degree
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree
Possession of Burglars Tools