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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2012

DA VANCE: SERIAL CAT BURGLAR LUIS TORRES SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS-TO-LIFE IN PRISON FOR BREAKING INTO THREE MANHATTAN APARTMENT

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of LUIS TORRES, 51, to 20 years-to-life in prison for burglarizing three apartments located on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and in Midtown Manhattan. On October 4, 2012, the defendant was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of all three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree charged in the indictment. The defendant stole valuable jewelry and electronics from the victims’ apartments. 

 
“This defendant made a career out of breaking into people’s homes, but DNA evidence stopped him in his tracks,” said District Attorney Vance. “This case is a strong reminder of the power of DNA evidence to help solve crimes and bring repeat offenders to justice. I thank the jury for its service and attention in this case.”
 
As proven at trial, on September 27, 2011, one of TORRES’s victims returned to his apartment on the Upper West Side and discovered that jewelry and electronics were missing. On October 21, 2011, a second victim returned to his apartment on the Upper East Side and discovered several missing personal items, including two signet rings and electronics. On November 12, 2011, a third victim returned to his apartment in Midtown Manhattan and reported that electronics and a personalized flask were missing. 
 
In each case, the burglary took place during the day while TORRES’s victims were away from their homes. Investigators recovered DNA evidence on a towel that the defendant had left at the Upper West Side apartment. That evidence was entered into a DNA database maintained by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and the New York State DNA database. This evidence led to TORRES. 
 
At the time of TORRES’s arrest, New York City Police Department detectives also discovered more than one hundred keys and cards in his apartment. 
 
Assistant District Attorney Alex Spiro handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Mahoney, Chief of Trial Bureau 60; Trial Preparation Assistant John Johnsen assisted with the investigation. 
 
District Attorney Vance also thanked Deputy Bureau Chief Frank Fogarty of Trial Bureau 60, and Detectives Malik Kirkland and Neil Lawson, of the NYPD’s 28th Precinct.
 
Defendant Information:
 
LUIS TORRES, D.O.B. 8/24/1961
Queens, NY
 
Convicted: 
Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 3 counts
 
Sentenced: 
20 years-to-life in state prison