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Long Islander gets 3-9 years for stealing homes across Queens belonging to elderly or disabled owners: AG
Long Islander gets 3-9 years for stealing homes across Queens belonging to elderly or disabled owners: AG

New York Attorney General Letitia James and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that a Long Island man was sentenced to three to nine years in prison Friday for leading a deed theft ring that resulted in five homes being stolen from vulnerable Queens residents and saw them earn more $1 million in ill-gotten gains.

Marcus Wilcher, 48, of Carll Drive in Bay Shore, pleaded guilty in May to grand larceny in the second degree in Queens Supreme Court for his role in leading the crew following an investigation by the Attorney General’s office.

“New Yorkers should never have to fear losing their homes to deceitful schemes like deed theft,” James said. “Marcus Wilcher and his associates targeted elderly and vulnerable New Yorkers with a predatory scheme that inflicted significant financial and emotional harm.”

Wilcher and his crew, which included disbarred attorney Anyekache Hercules, former mortgage broker Stacie Saunders, and fellow co-conspirators Jerry Currin and Dean Lloyd, targeted homes owned by seniors.

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NYPD searching for burglary crew that targeted nearly 30 laundromats in Queens and others in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst are looking for three masked men who broke into Susan’s Laundromat at 85-12 Grand Ave. at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, June 24, while a fourth member of their crew acted as a lookout near their getaway car parked in front.

The burglars stole $1,800 in cash and removed a payment machine for the laundry room continuing an undetermined amount of cash.

Southeast Queens man indicted after an arsenal of weapons was found in his vehicle near LaGuardia Airport last month: DA

A Hollis man was indicted by a Queens grand jury on gun charges after a cache of weapons was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop near LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst last month.

Judd Sanson, 27, of Jamaica Avenue, was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on Tuesday on a 20-count indictment charging him with multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon after an arsenal was found along with body armor in the vehicle.

Law enforcement ghost car crackdowns continue with dozens of vehicles seized on Whitestone Bridge: MTA

MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers, the NYPD and law enforcement partners impounded 55 vehicles from motorists crossing into Queens on the Whitestone Bridge on Monday, July 8, as a multi-agency crackdown continued unabated.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday that through 25 joint enforcement operations focusing on ghost plates and persistent toll violators on bridges and tunnels throughout New York City, 1,540 vehicles have been impounded, 339 arrests have been made and 12,007 summonses have been issued so far this year to drivers who owe more than $12.5 million in unpaid tolls and fees.

Brooklyn man gets 20 to life in prison for gunning down East Elmhurst teen in Corona in 2021: DA

A Brooklyn gang member was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Monday in Queens Supreme Court for gunning down a teenager at point-blank range in front of a Corona barbershop in July 2021.

Dennis Vassilenko, 21, of 72nd Street in Bay Ridge, was found guilty of murder in the second degree on June 6, following a two-week jury trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Eduardo Hernandez-Martinez of 101st Street in East Elmhurst.