Police: 5 people arrested in connection to 62 robberies across NYC
Five people who have been allegedly tied to robbery patterns across the city were arrested by the NYPD on Monday morning.
Mayor Eric Adams said that a warrant was issued for the home of a mastermind behind 62 total robberies across Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Officials say that the incidents happened while people were riding on mopeds or scooters and involved them driving up to pedestrians and snatching their phones and personal belongings.
A total of five people were arrested from that warrant search for the grand scheme involving these moped robberies.
Two of those suspects were walked out of the Bronx's 49th Precinct on Monday - 20-year-old Alexander Dayker, who's been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, and 24-year-old Roxanna Sahos, who's been charged with tampering.
According to NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny, moped/scooter operators made $100 per day, and phone-snatchers/thieves made $300 to $600 per stolen phone. The stolen phones are then brought to the home of Victor Parras, where a tech person hacked into the phone to make illegal purchases.
Once the bank accounts tied to the victims’ phones were empty, the phones were shipped to Colombia for reprogramming. The city determined that the five individuals arrested are migrants – but Mayor Eric Adams wants to ensure they don’t give law-abiding asylum seekers a bad rep.
“While these five individuals were migrants… the overwhelming number of the 170,000-plus migrants and asylum seekers are attempting to continue their next leg of their journey of pursuing the American Dream,” said Adams. “But those who commit a crime will be treated like any other criminal in this city.”
Victor Parras, the alleged mastermind behind the operation, is still at large and was not at home during the time of the warrant search.