City of Newburgh gunman busted swiping under $20 in recyclables, cops say

A Newburgh city police vehicle. (June 18, 2012) A Newburgh city police vehicle. (June 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Leslie Barbaro

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A City of Newburgh man was arrested early Sunday after he allegedly tried to steal less than $20 worth of recyclables at gunpoint, police said.

Jesus Bello Cruz, 34, noticed two men loading recyclables into their car after a party around 1:40 a.m. on Ann Street when he brandished a handgun and ordered the men to load the bottles into his vehicle, according to a City of Newburgh police news release Tuesday.

He then sped away in a red Chevy Trail Blazer, hauling the bottles, when police officers attempted to stop the car, police said. Cruz allegedly threw the pistol -- later identified as a BB gun -- out the window before he pulled over on Little Monument Street.

He was charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the release said.

Cruz was arraigned Monday, City of Newburgh police Sgt. Rich Carrion said. It was not immediately clear whether he had retained an attorney.

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