Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke said police arrested five men who used a 3725 Blackstone Ave. apartment as a stash house for the 95 pounds of marijuana they were running from Florida to the Bronx.
Officers raided apartment 5F on March 19, where they discovered five bags of marijuana atop a bed; 16 bags hidden in a duffle bag in a bedroom closet; and 20 bags stashed in a duffle bag in a hallway closet, according to the criminal complaint filed in Bronx Criminal Court. Deputy Inspector Burke said $25,000 in cash was confiscated. Police arrested three men found in the apartment’s living room –– Benny Amadiz, 34, Nelson Giron, 42, and Roy Delacruz, 35.
Outside the building, police arrested Joel Pena, 26, and Bienvenido Espinal, 32, who were carrying 15 Ziplock bags of marijuana inside two black duffle bags, according to court documents.
All five men were released on their own recognizance. Mr. Espinal and Mr. Pena are scheduled to appear in court next on Monday, May 6; Mr. Amadiz, Mr. Giron and Mr. Delacruz are due in court next on Thursday, May 16.
2. Thieves nabbed
Police said they arrested three men who ran into Kingsbridge after flashing a knife and robbing a driver stopped at a red light near the corner of East Fordham Road and Grand Concourse on April 12.
The driver told officers he and his girlfriend were out shopping, when five men surrounded their car, punching the man’s face and assaulting the woman.
One of the men pulled out a knife and said, “Don’t f***ing move,” while grabbing a $4,500 gold chain off of the driver’s neck, police said.
The victim and his girlfriend drove off.
Officers stopped and arrested three of the alleged thieves near West 229th Street and Bailey Avenue.
3. Senior robbed
A 76-year-old man was robbed near West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue at 3:30 p.m. on April 10 by a man who allegedly snuck up behind him, punched him and ran off with his $1,100 necklace, police said.
Officers said he was wearing an 18-karat-gold chain worth $500, a religious medallion valued at $450 and a $150 tag with the word “grandpa” on it.
The case remains open.
4. Tire thieves arrested
Officers arrested two men for stealing tires early on April 12 after police received reports of auto stripping opposite 5 Perot St.
Police said they found two men matching description of the suspects, who had an electric drill and who were in a parked car near the pillaged vehicles.
Their car had a stolen tire inside the trunk, police said.
Both men were arrested.
5. Apartment burgled
A 31-year-old man told police he left his apartment at 2 Adrian Ave. on April 8 and returned around 10 p.m. to find a window open and several items missing.
He reported $5 in cash, $5 in quarters, an iPod worth $90 and grey headphones worth $65 stolen.
The case remains open.
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