Apparently somebody couldn’t find a sitter…
A Queens man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly went on a crystal meth-fueled burglary spree. Like any good parent, he brought his 3-year-old daughter along for what essentially boils down to an (alleged) criminal’s version of “bring your child to work day.”
According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, 34-year-old Michael Natindim and his partner in (alleged) crime, 22-year-old Edgar Mortel, were observed by officers in the NYPD’s Burglary Larceny Apprehension and Surveillance
Team (BLAST) as they drove around Queens in a Lincoln Navigator early Tuesday morning.
Officers watched as the two men made three stops at various residences in Elmhurst, Little Neck and
Flushing. During each stop, Natindim would exit the
vehicle and walk into a fenced-in area of the home
before returning to the vehicle a short time later and driving away.
About 1:30 p.m., the two men were seen parked in front of DR PC, an
electronics and repair business located on 43rd Avenue in
Woodside. The two men were seen walking into the store carrying several
items, and police say they overheard Natindim repeatedly ask a store
employee “How much can you give me on the black market?”
That’s when the cops sprung their trap — they took the two men into
custody and recovered several (allegedly) stolen items, including an
laptop, an Apple external CD drive, an Apple iPhone and a watch.
Once in custody, Natindim told the cops that there was a kid in the
car he’d been driving. Officers checked the vehicle and found his
After finding the girl in the car, police say Natindim “appeared pale
and disheveled with watery, bloodshot eyes, his speech was
incoherent and he was swaying,” according to charging documents. At one
point, he fell asleep while getting transported by police from the
electronics store to the police precinct.
Natindim had an explanation for his condition, though: he smoked meth earlier
in the day (and then drove around Queens stealing shit with his
3-year-old in the car).
In addition to the electronics, police found what they believe to be
meth rocks and a pipe in Natindim’s vehicle. A search of his home turned
up more meth, a stolen credit card, and two blow torches.
In addition to the three burglaries on Tuesday, Natindim and Mortel have
charged in connection with four burglaries that occurred in Kew Gardens
Hills, Fresh Meadows, and Flushing, between June 22 and June 25 — some
of the property recovered at Natindim’s home and in his vehicle has been
identified by the complainants in those burglaries.
“These are disturbing allegations,” Queens District Attorney Richard
Brown says. “Burglary is a serious crime in and of itself. It is
unthinkable that a father would put his innocent child in harm’s way
while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and casing
potential burglary targets.”
Natindim and Mortel each have been charged with
various counts of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal
possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools,
seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance,
endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree criminal trespass.
Natindim is additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was ordered held on
$40,000 bail, while Mortel is currently held on $15,000 bail.