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Borough-Wide Blotter
104th Precinct

Car-Strip Thieves Busted

Police at the 104th Police Precinct arrested four men on May 19 after they were caught stripping tires from a car in Middle Village.

Officers on routine patrol out of the Ridgewood stationhouse spotted two of the suspects at about 2 a.m. standing by a 2008 Honda parked near the corner of Penelope Avenue and Pleasantview Street, police said. The car was up on a jack with two tires missing. Moments later, the officers spotted the two other suspects rolling the tires down the street, according to police.

The officers gave chase, catching up with the men a short distance away. Police later recovered two more tires in the trunk of a vehicle parked near the spot where the suspects were apprehended.

Police arrested Jonathan Diaz, 18, Elliot Garcia, 19, Daniel Cepeda, 20, and Edward Segura, 20, who pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Each faces 15 days in jail or a $250 fine.

110th Precinct

Vandal Nabbed In Cop Assault

Police arrested a bottle-tossing vandal on May 17 after the man punched a cop who tried to arrest him.

David Estrada, 21, tossed a bottle through the window of a parked car on 97th Street and 55th Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. on May 17. When an officer from the 110th Police Precinct attempted to arrest Estrada, he raised both fists, asked the cop, "Do you want some of this?" and slugged the cop on the left side of his head, police said.The officer was able to subdue Estrada and handcuff him.

Estrada was charged with assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

115th Precinct

Postal Worker Time-Off Scam

A Queens postal worker was charged on May 21 with scamming Uncle Sam to get a few days off, authorities said.

Police said Arlene Moscat, 30, told her bosses at the Jackson Heights Post Office on Northern Boulevard that her mother had been hospitalized at a Bronx hospital and she needed a few days off to take care of her.

To back up her tale, Moscat gave the bosses a note on hospital letterhead, signed by a doctor.

Postal officials granted Moscat the time off she sought, but when she was later confronted with inconsistencies in her story she confessed that she fabricated the whole tale, and that the note was forged.

Law enforcement sources said Moscat admitted she pulled the scam to get a few days off. Moscat was charged with petit larceny and falsifying business records.