Constantino Christo, 43, and Nicholas Papaleo, 33, both of Brooklyn, were arraigned on burglary charges Dec. 24 for allegedly dressing up like police officers and tying up a Whitestone couple earlier that day before fleeing the scene with more than $4,000 in cash, Christmas presents and jewelry, DA Richard Brown said.
The DA said following their arrest that Papaleo allegedly told police the duo’s original intent was to rob a drug dealer in the vicinity of the 169th Street home that they saw Robert Kapovic enter shortly before 10:20 p.m. Christmas Eve. Papaleo allegedly said Christo followed Kapovic into the home and they came out a short time later with Kapovic in handcuffs, the DA said.
Christmas thieves targeted dealer in Whitestone
They were finally caught after they stole the family's car and were tracked down by the OnStar system.