Larchmont Police suspect a couple from Yonkers robbed at least 14 parked vehicles in Larchmont last week in a spree so lucrative they returned the following night to try it again in another part of town.
Cops picked up the two suspects Thursday night, July 25th, near a stolen car they discovered on Kane Ave in the Manor. The 2004 Acura had been reported stolen in Yonkers. Police believe 31 year-old Hector Hernandez-Vasquez and 46 year-old Aniamarangeley Cruz drove to Larchmont from their homes in Yonkers, then walked the streets stealing anything they could find in unattended vehicles.
In the overnight Wednesday police received 14 reports of vehicles being robbed of cash, change, sunglasses and the like. The thefts occurred in the upper village lot off Wendt, along Chatsworth Ave. and in Lot 6 behind the Tequila Sunrise restaurant.
The following night, on the south side of Boston Post Road, police found some of the stolen goods in the Acura and say the suspect couple had fresh stolen items on them including a GPS device. Larchmont Police Captain Antonino Rigano says he expects many more cars were entered illegally but the owners either didn’t notice the thefts or had nothing of value in the car. In every case the vehicles in question had been left unlocked.
Captain Rigano urges Larchmont car owners to lose their complacency and lock vehicles whenever they’re unattended.
“You just make it very easy for them,” he said “they just walk the streets shaking doors.” The suspects have been charged with multiple counts felony of possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.
Lou Young is a veteran journalist who has been honored with multiple awards including 10 Emmys. He retired in 2017 after 43 years in TV News and was recently appointed a Trustee in the Village of Mamaroneck, and has suspended reporting duties.