From SI Live:
A Pakistani native charged earlier this year with a string of vehicular break-ins in the borough may have earned himself a one-way ticket home after being sentenced today to 18 months behind bars.
South Beach resident Kaiser Rafiq, 37, pleaded guilty two weeks ago in state Supreme Court, St. George, to misdemeanor counts of stolen-property possession and petit larceny.
Rafiq was arrested in February and accused of three heists.
The first occurred Nov. 11 of last year when he allegedly stole a purse from a car parked on Mason Avenue in Midland Beach. Afterward, he allegedly bought merchandise at three stores with a credit card from the purse.
Three months later on Feb. 7, authorities allege, Rafiq entered an unlocked vehicle on Capodanno Boulevard while the driver was making a delivery. He stole a Nextel Scanner.
The defendant continued his larcenous ways the next day, police said. He broke the lock of a UPS truck parked on Capodanno Boulevard and stole 13 packages.
On arresting Rafiq, cops found an altered check in his wallet, said authorities.
Rafiq was hit with a raft of felony and misdemeanor charges, a number of which were later dismissed.
He was sentenced to consecutive nine-month sentences for his two convictions, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan.
He faces possible deportation as a result of the convictions, said a source.
Public records show Rafiq was sentenced in 2003 to three to six years in prison for an attempted drug sale conviction.