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Two Indicted For Stealing More Than $500K Cash, Jewels In Westchester

Asan Sefuloski Photo Credit: Provided/ Westchester DA's Office
Morris Santaniello Photo Credit: Provided/ Westchester DA's Office

Two men were arraigned this week on charges from two incidents including the theft of more than $500,000 in cash and jewelry in Westchester.

The burglary occurred at an Eastchester apartment in April, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.

Indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury were Asan Sefuloski, 27, and Morris Santaniello, 54, both of the Bronx.

Both were charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and second-degree grand larceny, all Class C felonies.

On April 9, the indictment alleges, Santaniello and Sefuloski broke into a Garth Road apartment in Eastchester where they found a safe containing more than $500,000 in cash as well as other property. The two men made off with the stolen goods. Using surveillance video and other information, detectives and investigators were able to identify the defendants.

On April 12, a search warrant issued in the Bronx resulted in the arrest of one suspect and the recovery of jewelry and cash. The second defendant was arrested at another location. Additional warrants were executed over time and resulted in the recovery of more than $400,000. At the time of this arrest, Santaniello was on parole in the Bronx.

During the investigation, the two defendants were linked to another break-in earlier in the year. On Feb. 21, the two men allegedly broke into a building on Garrett Place in Yonkers but failed to steal property.

Following Tuesday’s arraignment, Sefuloski, is free on bail. If convicted, he faces 15 years in prison.

Santaniello remains in custody based on four prior felony convictions. If convicted of this crime, he faces 25 years- to life in prison.

Both defendants are due to return to court on Aug. 7.

The arrests were made by the Eastchester Police Department with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Investigators and Yonkers Police Department detectives.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Hazem Ennabi of the Investigations Division, and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Servino of the Superior Court Trial Division.

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