STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Huguenot man didn’t wait long to take advantage of the credit cards he stole after breaking into a Prince’s Bay home 15 month ago, prosecutors said.
Carlos Toro went out that night and bought a big-screen TV, said prosecutors.
But the picture isn’t so bright these days for the 31-year-old defendant.
Toro faces seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a burglary charge.
A criminal complaint said the events unfolded around 3:50 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2019.
Toro illegally entered a home on the 200 block of Bayview Avenue and stole $3,000 in cash, an indictment said. He also snatched three credit cards.
The defendant didn’t waste any time putting those credit cards to work.
Later that evening, at around 8:30 p.m., he bought a bolt cutter and Drano at The Home Depot in Charleston with one of the cards, the complaint said.
He then went to the nearby Target store and purchased an LG 4K UHD TV with another pilfered credit card, said the complaint.
Toro was busted at home four days later on Nov. 26, authorities said.
During the raid, cops found a number of pills of phentermine hydrochloride, a weight-loss drug, in the kitchen, said the complaint.
The LG TV was mounted to a wall, the complaint said.
Toro was charged with second-degree burglary, grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The defendant pleaded guilty on Thursday to the burglary charge, the top count against him, to resolve the case.
Besides seven years behind bars, Toro will be sentenced on March 9 in state Supreme Court, St. George, to five years’ post-release supervision.
“These crimes were fueled by drug addiction,” said defense lawyer Mark J. Fonte. “This is another example of how the scourge of drugs wreaks havoc on people’s lives.”