YONKERS, N.Y. - A Queens man was arrested at a Yonkers shopping center Thursday in connection with dozens of car break-ins throughout Westchester County in the past year.
Caisy Frank, 32, of Rosedale, was charged with multiple felonies after he was found at the Ridge Hill Shopping Center, just hours after he is suspected of breaking into cars at FDR Park in Yorktown and a health club in Mount Pleasant, Westchester County Police said.
When detectives found Frank, he was in possession of stolen credit cards, stolen personal identification and a .38-caliber handgun that was stolen in the Mount Pleasant incident, police said.
The arrest follows an investigation by county police and several local police agencies into a series of car break-ins that have occurred within the past year at multiple locations around Westchester, often in parking lots at health clubs and county and municipal parks.
On Thursday morning, following a vehicle break-in outside the New York Sports Club in Hawthorne, Mount Pleasant police obtained a description and a partial license plate of a green pickup truck seen leaving the scene.
County police fanned out to numerous locations around Westchester, including shopping centers and parking areas where the man, later identified as Frank, had struck before, police said.
Around 12:30 p.m., two detectives from the county’s General Investigation Unit went to the Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers and where they saw an individual fitting the description of the suspected thief.
As they approached, the man ran into a clothing store, through a fitting room and into a utility closet, police said.
He was eventually taken into custody after a brief struggle. The green pickup truck was found parked at Ridge Hill and impounded.
Frank was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of personal identification information and criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies. He also was charged with criminal mischief for kicking out a window of a county police patrol car following his arrest.
Additional charges are expected from county and local police.
In addition, county police said they later learned that Frank and two other men were arrested in Florida on Feb. 13 after they were found in possession of stolen credit cards, handguns and other items taken during vehicle larcenies. Since then, Florida authorities have issued two new warrants for Frank’s arrest accusing him of multiple crimes.
He faces extradition to Florida once his New York cases are resolved.
Frank was held overnight at county police headquarters in Hawthorne before he was to be arraigned Thursday in Yonkers City Court.