BURGLARY PATTERN ARRESTS —
Two Brooklyn men have been charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of iPhones from three Queens mobile phone stores in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Woodhaven in less than four hours earlier this week, the Queens district attorney said. The incidents are believed to be part of a pattern totaling 15 incidents at 14 locations across Queens.
Joshua Ellerbe, 28, of Delmar Loop, and Devine Ingram, 22, of Farragut Road, were arraigned on Nov. 29 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Bruna Dibiase on a criminal complaint charging them with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny and petit larceny. Ellerbe was also charged in a separate criminal complaint on burglary, attempted robbery, criminal mischief and attempted petit larceny charges, while Ingram was also charged in a separate complaint on grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property charges.
Bail was set for each defendant at $50,000 cash and their next court date is Dec. 12. If convicted, the two men could face up to seven years in prison.
According to the charges, Ellerbe and two other men walked into a mobile phone store at 37-50 74th St. in Jackson Heights at 2 p.m. on Nov. 28. Two of the men allegedly jumped over the counter and one of them reached behind the display case and removed an iPhone X that is worth approximately $1,400.
At approximately 3 p.m. that same day, Ellerbe and two men entered a store at 86-16 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst and allegedly stole an iPhone 8 Plus cell phone that is worth approximately $930.
In a third incident that day, the three men entered a store at 95-02 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven at 4:15 p.m. and allegedly stole a cell phone worth approximately $800 from the counter. At 7:30 p.m. that night, police observed a white Nissan vehicle allegedly used in the burglaries parked on Farragut Road in Brooklyn.