Clarsktown Police Office of Public Information
Subsequent to a rash of recent residential burglaries the Clarkstown Police Department instituted a burglary task force which formulated a comprehensive operational plan. The plan included supplementation to the daily patrol efforts by sending out additional patrol officers to concentrate on stopping the burglaries.
On March 21, 2013 at approximately 4:20 p.m. a detective from the Clarkstown Police Department observed a suspicious male on foot in the area of Grandview Avenue in Nanuet. While speaking with the subject, information was developed that heightened the level of suspicion of the investigating officer. The subject was wearing footwear that was consistent with footprints that were left at some of the burglary scenes. The subject was transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters for further interview.
The male was identified as Alejandro Cruz, 43, from Staten Island, NY. After being interviewed, Cruz was arrested and charged with four burglaries in the Town of Clarkstown (Fenner Lane, Nanuet, Wilton Circle, New City, S. Middletown Rd, Nanuet, and Grandview Ave, Nanuet).
Investigators from Orangetown and Ramapo Police Departments also responded to interview Cruz. Cruz will also be charged in connection to three burglaries in Ramapo and one burglary in Orangetown for a grand total of eight burglaries.
Cruz is currently being held for arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court. No photo available at this time.