Yonkers man sentenced for holiday season burglaries

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WHITE PLAINS – A man who committed a string of holiday season burglaries around Westchester County in 2019 and 2020 – injuring one victim and threatening another with a knife – was sentenced earlier this month to 10 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. He will also be required to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution to victims.

  German Martinez, 43, of Yonkers pled guilty in November to eight counts of burglary and one count of robbery.

Martinez used unwitting taxi drivers to take him to homes where he stole cash, jewelry, computers and other items.

  “To be confronted by a burglar in one’s own home is a truly frightening experience, and I hope that all of Martinez’s victims can take some comfort from this sentence,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah. “I want to thank all of the local police departments that worked together to solve these crimes and to help make our communities safer and more secure.”

  The case was before Judge Barry Warhit in Westchester County Court on April 15.

  The investigation into this series of burglaries was a collaboration of local police departments including Dobbs Ferry, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, White Plains, Yonkers and the Westchester County Police, along with DA’s Office criminal investigators.

  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Steven Vandervelden and Stefanie DeNise.