A 26-year-old Brooklyn man has been convicted in an attempted burglary in July 2016 in Bayside during which he was caught on video surveillance, the Queens district attorney said.
Fabio E. Abreu, who lives on Loring Avenue in Brooklyn, was arrested the day after the failed burglary when a 911 caller—who had seen a photograph still of the burglar that the homeowner had posted on social media—made a reporter that he saw the wanted suspect in a nearby park.
Abreu was convicted on Dec. 6 on second-degree attempted burglary and third-degree criminal trespass charges before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gene Lopez, who will sentence the defendant on Jan. 9. The defendant faces up to seven years in prison.
According to trial testimony, Abreu was observed on video jumping over a locked fence of a residence on 223rd Street in Bayside on July 24, 2016 and entering the backyard. While in the yard, the defendant tried to open windows and doors in an attempt to gain entry into the residence. While at the backdoor, Abreu noticed the surveillance cameras and, in an attempt to cover his tracks, went to the front door, which is equipped with a Ring.com doorbell camera. When Abreu approached the front door, he triggered the Ring.com app, which captured his face on camera before he fled.
A photograph of Abreu’s face from the app was then posted by the homeowner on a community Facebook page.