Two men have been sentenced for their roles in a string of burglaries targeting southern Westchester businesses over several months in 2017.
Brooklyn resident Patrick Williams and Kareem Johnakin of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania were sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to charges related to the burglaries of several Yonkers and New Rochelle businesses.
Williams pleaded guilty in April to five counts of third-degree burglary, and was sentenced to a term of three-and-a-half to seven years on each count, which will run concurrently. Johnakin pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and was sentenced to a term of between two and six years in prison.
Both men were also ordered to pay $10,650 in restitution.
Beginning in May 2017, Williams and Johnakin broke into four food markets and a restaurant during early morning hours, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., said. In four of the five break-ins, the two men pushed up the metal roll-down gates, and slid underneath them. When they allegedly broke into the restaurant, they smashed a glass door.
During their three-month run in 2017, the two men broke into:
- Yonkers Farm Market on Yonkers Avenue on May 12, when they took $4,700;
- Rainbow Fish Market on Main Street in New Rochelle on July 2, when they took $3,300;
- Green Dragon Restaurant on North Avenue in New Rochelle on July 6, when they took less than $1,000, and;
- Saw Mill Market on Saw Mill River Road in Yonkers on July 6, when they took $13,000.
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