With Help of Chaveirim, Police Nab Monsey Burglar


chaveirimMonsey, NY – With help from the frum community, police arrested an 18-year-old man Tuesday on charges he broke into the homes of seven religious families in Spring Valley and others in Ramapo.

Obed I. Valle-Moran of Spring Valley gave detectives a statement before they charged him with seven counts of second-degree burglary, a felony, for break-ins in the Blueberry Hill neighborhood during the past 10 days, Spring Valley Detective Sgt. James Noble said. Noble said police had fingerprints and other forensic evidence linking Valle-Moran to the break-ins.

“We have overwhelming evidence,” Noble said.

What broke the case open was the efforts of the Hasidic Jewish community and the watchdog group Chaverim, which means friend in Hebrew. Group members volunteer to help people in the Orthodox Jewish communities in Ramapo.

The group’s members members helped the Ramapo police take Valle-Moran and two younger teenagers – ages 14 and 15 -into custody for questioning after a car larceny on Ellish Parkway before 2:41 a.m. Tuesday, Ramapo police Detective Lt. Mark Emma said.

“They opened the door and the Chaverim guys said, ‘Hey what are you doing?'” Emma said. “They didn’t run away but they jogged off.”

Chaverim members called the Ramapo police as they followed the three teenagers, Emma said.

Emma said a Ramapo patrol officer stopped the trio on Maple Avenue heading toward Spring Valley. Chaverim members identified Valle-Moran and the younger teens, Emma said.

The 18-year-old possessed stolen property, including credit cards, a cell phone and personal documents, Emma said. The items likely came from one of the two houses in Ramapo recently burglarized, he said.

Emma said Chaverim members did a good job.

“They didn’t confront them and they called us,” Emma said.

Chaverim members had been patrolling the streets and trying to assist the investigators. Noble said several families in the Blueberry Hill neighborhood provided surveillance tape to the police. He said local rabbis also have assisted by spreading the word to their followers.

“There have been a couple of good videos,” Noble said. “We have great assistance from the community.”

After questioning Valle-Moran and getting a statement from him, Ramapo police charged him with burglarizing a house on April 28 on Suzanne Drive in Monsey and another house on Viola Road in New Hempstead on May 6, Ramapo police Detective Sgt. Brian Corbett said.

Along with the two felony counts of second-degree burglary, Ramapo police charged Valle-Moran as a result of the car larceny and his possession of stolen property, including credit cards, a cell phone and other personal papers. They charged him with petty larceny, three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a stolen property. Police also charged him with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The younger teenagers were released to their parents for appearances in Rockland Family Court in New City. Their names were withheld by the police because of their age.

Valle-Moran was being held in police lockup pending arraignment on the felony charges.

During the past two weeks, homes in the predominately ultra-Orthodox Jewish Blueberry Hill neighborhood had been targeted by a burglary crew during the after-midnight hours while people slept, Spring Valley police said.

Police suspect the small break-in crew are entering homes through unlocked doors and open windows. The thefts have taken place after midnight while residents slept.

At the same time, village police have been trying to catch a gang that had been robbing and beating up day laborers on the streets along the outskirts of the downtown business district.

The attacks on the day workers have been violent, putting at least two men

in the hospital with serious head injuries.

Last week, three men were attacked along the railroad tracks at Commerce

Street and North Myrtle Avenue, police said.

One man suffered a fractured skull and was later placed in a medically

induced coma until he was stable enough for surgery at Westchester Medical

Center in Valhalla. His brother was hospitalized with head injures, and a

third man was cut and bruised.

They were attacked by three black men, with one attacker wielding a nunchuck martial arts weapon, two sticks connected by a chain or rope.

Police say a gang of thieves has targeted the day laborers, knowing they carry large amounts of cash and are likely not going to report being victimized to the police. Many of the laborers are living illegally in the United States.

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