Two males concerned in a briefly profitable pair of heists that netted $6 million value of luxurious designer items from a New York Metropolis airport have been sentenced to jail following responsible pleas in Queens Supreme Courtroom.
David Lacarriere, of Manhattan, one of two alleged coordinators behind each JFK Airport heists in early 2020, pleaded responsible in September to legal possession of stolen property, District Lawyer Melinda Katz introduced Monday. The primary diploma crime is a category B felony.
Lacarriere was accused of holding greater than $2.5 million in stolen Gucci and Chanel designer items when he was arrested final October, the district lawyer stated. On Monday, Queens Supreme Courtroom Justice Gene Lopez sentenced Lacarriere to five ½ to 11 years in jail.
The 34-year-old was one of two truckers who previously labored at Kennedy Airport and was accused of utilizing his “inside knowledge” to coordinate two heists. Gucci purses, sun shades, sneakers and clothes, together with Prada baggage, ready-to-wear and equipment had been among the many loot lifted from the airport final 12 months.
In accordance with his indictment, Lacarriere went to the receiving workplace for an air cargo importer on Jan. 31, 2020, and confirmed a solid doc with an airway invoice and flight particulars for a Prada cargo. He and Gary McArthur, the opposite man with “inside knowledge” and who allegedly enlisted the help of two others, then loaded 4 pallets of Prada merchandise onto a tractor-trailer and drove off, prosecutors stated. That heist netted them about $804,000 in Prada baggage, garments and equipment.
The truck concerned within the theft was discovered a couple of days later, however it was empty — and the inside had been doused in bleach.
The crew allegedly repeated the identical routine in a separate JFK heist on Might 17. One allegedly posed as a truck driver whereas one other introduced one other solid doc — and the group made off with 5 air freight pallets containing hundreds of Chanel and Gucci gadgets value greater than $4.4 million.
That tractor-trailer was additionally recovered a couple of days later, as soon as once more with an inside drenched in bleach. Delivery tags and show circumstances had been additionally nonetheless inside.
In June, prosecutors say police tracked down the crew members to a nonoperational magnificence salon in Jamaica they are saying was used as a stash home for the stolen items. When cops received a warrant to go looking it, they interrupted a sale of greater than $300,000 in stolen designer items, in accordance with the indictment. Throughout a separate search, they recovered greater than 3,000 Gucci gadgets and over 1,000 Chanel merchandise value an estimated $2.5 million or extra.
“Millions of dollars’ worth of designer merchandise was illegally hauled off
airport property by a crew of bandits who used forged cargo shipment receipts to gain access to an importer/exporter warehouse. Keeping our airports in Queens safe and secure is a top priority of my office. Two of the defendants have now been sentenced by the Court for their roles in this brazen heist,” Katz stated Monday.
Her announcement additionally included point out of an August sentencing for Oscar Asencio, who pleaded responsible that month to legal possession within the third diploma. Justice Lopez sentenced the 33-year-old man from Elmhurst to three ½ to six years in jail.
Ascencio had been accused of serving to shield the stolen items within the Jamaica stash home. Prosecutors stated he was one of two alleged co-conspirators who remained at giant final 12 months as authorities introduced indictments in Oct. 2020. He was lastly arrested in March 2021.