The Major Case Bureau reports the arrest of two Queens men for multiple Burglaries that occurred between April 20, 2023, and August 3, 2023, in Nassau County.According to Burglary Pattern Squad Detectives, an investigation, in conjunction with the 8th Squad was conducted that led to the arrests of defendants Hector Portilla, 60, of 9027 Winchester Boulevard in Queens Village, and defendant Diego Ercoli, 50, of 107-43 134th Street in Queens. Detectives from the Burglary Pattern Squad, the Bureau of Special Operations, and the Lynbrook Police Department worked together and observed defendant Ercoli and Portilla act in concert in order to burglarize the Bagel Chalet, 2037 Merrick Road in Merrick. After a further investigation, it was determined that these two defendants were responsible for 18 additional burglaries.
Defendant Ercoli has prior arrests for Burglary 3rd, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Riot 2nd, Petit Larceny, Grand Larceny, Criminal Mischief, Possession of Burglars Tools, Conspiracy 5th, Reckless Endangerment 1st, Driving While Intoxicated, Assault 2nd, Criminal Contempt, Auto Stripping, Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance, and Robbery 1st (Displayed a Firearm). Defendant Ercoli is also on Federal Probation.Defendant Portilla has prior arrests for Petit Larceny, Forgery 3rd, Grand Larceny, Possession Forged Instrument, and Burglary 3rd.Both Defendants are being charged with 19 counts of Burglary 3rd Degree. They will be arraigned on Friday, August 4, 2023, at First District Court, 99 Main Street in Hempstead.