QUEENS, N.Y. – The District Attorney has charged twin brothers with burglary and grand larceny in a case of Hurricane Sandy looting at a motorcycle dealership.
Sean and Anthony Martin, both 24, are charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, third- and fourth-degree grand larceny and possession of burglar’s tools. Each faces up to seven years in prison, if convicted. Other suspects are still at large.
According to District Attorney Richard Brown’s office, the pair and at least one other person stole a U-Haul truck from a rental facility after 7 p.m. Oct. 30. On Halloween night, they drove it to New York Motorcycle, where video surveillance footage showed the Martin brothers trying to cut through a security gate before walking away.
Minutes later the surveillance video showed the U-Haul truck repeatedly backing up and smashing into the gate before the vehicle lodged itself inside the building, damaging the gate, the building and several motorcycles. The two defendants, as well as other unapprehended males, then entered the motorcycle shop before fleeing.
The brothers were arrested about an hour later when a vehicle Anthony Martin was driving was stopped by police for failing to signal before making a turn.
“As the city and many of its residents continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, there were others who allegedly used the storm and the chaos that followed as cover to commit crimes,” Brown said in a statement. “What they have learned is that my office and other public and law enforcement officials have a zero tolerance policy for those who would exploit a natural disaster for their own gain.”
Posted by Holly Wagner