An alert off-duty police officer on Friday helped nab two New York City men and another from Long Island linked to burglaries in the north end of Eastchester in the past month, authorities said.
Around 7 p.m. Friday night, Officer Richard Natoli spotted a man walking toward the street from behind a house near his home, which is near an entrance to the Bronx River Parkway, Eastchester police said Monday.Natoli identified himself as a police officer and asked the man why he was there, according to Eastchester Police Chief Timothy Bonci.
The two scuffled before the man fled in a waiting black Honda Accord with two other men inside, police said.
Natoli managed to radio Eastchester police headquarters with a description of the car and its license plate number, according to Bonci.
A short time later, Scarsdale police stopped the vehicle based on an alert sent to neighboring departments, the chief said.
A court-authorized search of the car turned up a large stash of jewelry and other items taken during two recent burglaries in the north end of Eastchester, Bonci added.Arrested were Anderson B. Moncada, 24, of Brentwood, Long Island, and two Queens men, Juan D. Hernandez-Moncada and Fabian Idarraga, both 29..Each man was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary. All three were being held in lieu of $150,000 bond following their arraignment before Town Justice Janet Calano. No attorney information for the trio was immediately available.
In the past month, according to Bonci, six residential burglaries and one attempted burglary have been reported in Eastchester. Six more residential burglaries occurred in neighboring towns and villages during the same time period, he said.
"It is a display of excellent police work, starting with an off-duty officer knowing about the recent crimes, making an intelligent observation and taking action," Bonci said.
"His actions, the assistance of other officers and the Scarsdale police in apprehending the defendants and a comprehensive investigation by our detectives resulted in a significant arrest that will have an impact on the occurrence of burglaries," Bonci added.