In this case, the vehicles looked like mini banks to the thieves. Cash people had withdrawn later was stolen from their parked vehicles in Garden City Park and Lawrence, Nassau police said Wednesday, announcing four men had been arrested and charged with multiple felonies in connection with the thefts.
The defendants "were actually watching people take money out," a Nassau police spokesman said.
All four, who had multiple warrants from multiple agencies, hailed from Queens: Sergio Castaneda-Ronderos, 20; Marco Alberto Guerra, 33; Oscar Corriente, 31; and Diego Garzan Salamanca, 33, Nassau police said.
The thefts were committed Jan. 11 at 2360 Jericho Tpke. in Garden City Park, and March 12 at 490 Rockaway Tpke. in Lawrence.
All four men were charged Tuesday with felony grand larceny, criminal mischief and a misdemeanor, conspiracy. Corriente and Guerra appeared Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead. Their cases were adjourned until Friday. Bail for both defendants was set at $30,000 bond or $15,000 cash, which was not posted, according to court records. Court information for Castaneda-Ronderos and Salamanca was not immediately available.
Nassau detectives worked with colleagues in the county police's electronics squad, the NYPD Queens Grand Larceny Task Force, Suffolk's Auto Larceny Squad and ICE, according to the news release. Local police sometimes contact ICE to verify a defendant's identity.
No further details about the crimes were immediately available.