A man was arrested, charged and convicted of burglary after breaking into a home and stealing a woman’s cremated remains, prosecutors in New York said.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 30-year-old Randolph Ardila of Maspeth, Queens, has pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary and will serve a six-year prison sentence for participating in a series of residential break-ins.
Ardila of 69-76 57 Drive in Maspeth, has been held in jail in lieu of $150,000 bail since his arrest. Ardila will also be sentenced to five years post-release supervision.
According to the police investigation, Ardila acted as a lookout between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., while two other individuals allegedly attempted to burglarize residences on 77 Avenue in Glendale.
Around 4:50 p.m., police observed two people enter an apartment building on 103 Avenue in Ozone Park, while Ardila parked a gray BMW in close proximity to the building before exiting the vehicle and acting as a lookout.
Shortly thereafter, three people exited the building, two of whom were carrying bags. One of the bags was placed in the gray BMW that Ardila was driving.
Police then observed Ardila entering the BMW on the driver’s side and saw what appeared to be a container with the bag. The other individuals entered a blue Honda and the two vehicles then drove away.
At the time of Ardila’s arrest, he was carrying a blue plastic container filled with change and a twenty-dollar bill – which had been reported missing from an apartment at the Ozone Park location.
He also had a screwdriver on his possession.
Police recovered a box containing the cremation ashes of a tenant’s mother – which had been reported stolen from a second apartment at the Ozone Park location in the other vehicle.