Joseph Borelli charged with 9 commercial burglaries including jewelry stores; more burglaries currently being investigated
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singasand Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter announced thearrests of a Brooklyn man and two alleged co-conspirators from Long Islandin an ongoing investigation of at least nine commercial burglaries in NassauCounty, including numerous jewelry stores at which more than $200,000 worthof merchandise was stolen.
“The main defendant in this case has been charged with and is stillbeing investigated for his role in a string of commercial burglaries all overNassau County and possibly even in Suffolk and Queens,” Acting DA Singassaid. “We are lucky that no one was hurt in these overnight smash-and-grabburglaries, and will continue our close partnership with the Nassau CountyPolice Department on this case to make sure that we deliver justice for thehardworking victims.”
“I would like to praise the efforts of the Nassau County Police Department'sDistrict Attorney Squad, Third Squad and the District Attorney’s Officefor their tireless efforts to bring this band of serial burglars to justice," ActingCommissioner Krumpter said.
Joseph Borelli, 42, of Brooklyn, was arrested on June 19 and charged withnine counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree (a D felony) and nine countsof Criminal Mischief in the 3rdDegree (an E felony), in connection with ninecommercial burglaries in Nassau County since January. He faces a maximumsentence of 3-1/2 to seven years in prison on each top count. Athis arraignment on June 20, Nassau District Court Judge Joseph Girardi setbail at $450,000 cash or bond. Borelli is due back in court on July 2.
Rotem Balila, 25, of Great Neck, was arrested on June 23 and charged withCriminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (a B felony),Burglary in the 3rd Degree (a D felony) and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree(an E felony), in connection with an April 15 burglary in which he is chargedwith acting as a look-out for Borelli. He faces a maximum sentence of8-1/3 to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count. At his arraignmentyesterday, Nassau District Court Supervising Judge Norman St. George set bailat $200,000 bond or $75,000 cash. Balila is due back in court on June26.
Edan Balila, 27, of Great Neck, was arrested June 24 and charged with Burglaryin the 3rdDegree (a D felony), Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree (an E felony),Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4thDegree (an E felony), andCriminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 5thDegree (an A misdemeanor),in connection with a Jan. 7 burglary in which he is charged with entering KardeshJewelers in Bellmore with Borelli. He faces a maximum sentence of 3-1/2 toseven years in prison if convicted of the top count. At his arraignmentyesterday, Nassau District Court Judge Martin Massell set bail at $42,000 bondor $21,000 cash. Balila is due back in court on June 29.
Borelli is charged with conducting overnight ‘smash-and-grab’ burglariesat the following nine locations on or about the following dates:
Jan. 10, 2015Cookshop Deli, 374 Great Neck Rd., Great NeckStolen: approx. $500 cash and lottery tickets
Jan. 31, 2015Loucri Jewelers, 55 Northern Blvd., GreenvaleStolen: approx. $75,000 worth of jewelry
Feb. 13, 2015Messina Market, 6255 Northern Blvd., East NorwichStolen: approx. $3,000 cash
Feb. 28, 2015Westbury Jewelry Exchange, 1083 Old Country Rd., New CasselStolen: approx. $100,000 worth of jewelry
April 21, 2015Lana’s Jewelry Store, 29 Hicksville Rd., MassapequaStolen: unknown at this time
May 11, 2015Shoe Repair, 521 W. Merrick Rd., Valley StreamStolen: approx. $7,000 worth of jewelry
May 19, 2015Maddy Fine Jewelers, 113 Jackson Ave., SyossetStolen: approx. $30,000 worth of jewelry
May 25, 2015Bagelman of Great Neck, 491 Great Neck Rd., Great NeckStolen: approx. $200 cash
June 16, 2015B&D Deli, 667 Old Country Road, PlainviewStolen: loose change
The possible role of Borelli and his co-defendants in at least seven otherburglaries in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens following similar patterns, includingthose on or about the following dates, is also being investigated:
Jan. 7, 2015Kardesh Jewelers, 2370 Merrick Rd., Bellmore
Feb. 26, 2015GTO Deli, 814 N. Broadway, North Massapequa
March 27, 2015Ritz Jewelers, 3574 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside
March 31, 2015Herricks Jewelers, 2449 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park
April 15, 2015Bolila Jewelry, 2014 North Jerusalem Rd., North Bellmore
May 23, 2015Card Smart Store, 578 Stewart Ave., Bethpage
June 1, 2015Swan Cleaners, 634 Wantagh Ave., Levittown
After a burglary pattern was identified by the NCPD’s 3rd Squad, theNCPD DA Squad and the NCDA Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau assisted in thesix-month-long, still-ongoing investigation, obtaining warrants and helpingto track and arrest Borelli and his co-defendants. Video surveillanceand court-authorized GPS tracking helped bring the arrests.
Deputy Bureau Chief Anne Donnelly of Acting DA Singas’s Organized Crimeand Rackets Bureau is prosecuting the case. All three defendants were representedby Legal Aid at arraignment.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocentuntil and unless found guilty.