February 26, 2020
By Christopher Eberhart, LoHud
A Yonkers man is accused of breaking into and stealing from multiple homes throughout Westchester County between the day after Christmas and the first week of 2020.
A grand jury indicted German Martinez, 41, on 21 counts of different charges stemming from a burglary spree, where he stole money, jewelry and laptops, among other items, and threatened or injured victims, prosecutors said.
German Martinez is accused of committing 10 different burglaries throughout Westchester County.
During one burglary, Martinez threatened a victim with a knife and, in another, he injured a victim at the scene, prosecutors said.
To execute the crime, he hired taxi drivers, who didn’t know what he was doing, to take him to locations and told him to wait until he gets back, prosecutors said. In some cases, he broke a window to gain entry or forced his way in using a crowbar.
The burglary spree stretched from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 4 and included 10 separate incidents.
Martinez is accused of breaking into three Tarrytown locations, including one home twice, on Dec. 26, 30 and 31; one home in Sleepy Hollow and two in Yonkers on Jan. 2; one home in White Plains on Jan. 3; and one Rye home on Jan. 4.
His week-long burglary finally stopped after police interviewed one of the cab driers who gave police Martinez’s phone number.
“From there the case came together,” the district attorney’s office said in a news release.
He was arrested in Yonkers on Jan. 7.
The grand jury indicted Martinez on Jan. 25 in Westchester County Court on:
- Two counts of first-degree burglary, felonies
- First-degree robbery, a felony
- Six counts of second-degree burglary, a felony
- Second-degree attempted burglary, a felony
- Third-degree burglary, a felony
- Six counts of third-degree grand larceny, a felony
- Two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony
- Third-degree criminal mischief, a felony
- And possession of burglar’s tools, a misdemeanor
Bail was set at $500,000 cash, $1 million bond or $2 million bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court again on March 3.
The investigation into this series of burglaries was a collaboration of local police departments, including Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow, White Plains, and Rye, as well as the Westchester County police, the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigators and the Investigations Division Pattern Burglary Unit.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Steven Vandervelden and Assistant District Attorney Stefanie DeNise of the Investigations Division.