Clarkstown 2010 burglary solved by victim, 2 held, cops say
Loose lips provided tips in an investigation into a 2010 burglary in Bardonia, and now two Rockland County men are charged in the nearly 2 1/2-year-old crime, police said Tuesday.
Clarkstown police said they were contacted on March 27, 2010 by a Bardonia resident who said his home had been broken into and that a safe containing cash and valuables was taken. The case remained unsolved until a conversation last month between the victim and an acquaintance, Rember Martinez, 30, of Spring Valley.
Martinez confided in the victim that he had once cracked open a safe for another person, not knowing the safe belonged to the victim, police said. The victim reported the new information to the Clarkstown Police Detective Bureau, and the safe was subsequently recovered near the Bear Mountain Bridge, police said.
After further investigation, police arrested Martinez and Aldo Orellana, 36, of Nanuet. It was not immediately clear what role Orellana played in the burglary.
Orellana was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies. Martinez was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor.
Both men are being held in Rockland County Jail, police said.
Martinez was arraigned on Aug. 28 in Clarkstown Town Court. No further information on his case or on an attorney for him was available Tuesday evening.
Orellana was arraigned in Clarkstown Town Court on Aug. 24 and held in lieu of $10,000 bail. He is to return to court Sept. 26. His attorney, Kristine Ciganek, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday evening.