Cops: Queens Man, Terrell Hill, 31, Used Craigslist to Rent Properties He Did Not Own; Collected Paymets in Cash
August 14, 2014
(Valley Stream, NY) The Nassau County Police Department has reported the arrest of a Queens man for grand larceny from an incident that occurred in Valley Stream on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:00 P.M.
According to Fourth Squad detectives, Terrell L. Hill, 31, of 112-13 180th St., Jamaica, pretended to be the homeowner of an unoccupied residence located at 134 Elm St., placed an advertisement on Craigslist and rented the dwelling to two female victims. He collected $1,600 from the victims as a down payment. The rightful homeowner responded to the home on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to do a routine check of the residence and found the two female victims in the home and notified police.
According to detectives, Terrell L. Hill, of Jamaica, pretended to be the homeowner of an unoccupied residence and rented the dwelling collecting cash from the victims. Detectives are asking anyone who believes they may have also been victimized by Hill to call the Fourth Squad at 516-573-6453.
Defendant Hill responded to the home on the August 13, 2014 to collect additional cash from the victims and was placed under arrest. Subsequent investigation revealed the defendant also rented another unoccupied residence located at 63 Cerenzia Blvd. in Elmont to another female victim on August 1, 2014 and collected $3,800 from her, while pretending to be the rightful owner.
Hill is being charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny 4th Degree, two counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, and will be arraigned today, Thursday, August 14, 2014 in First District Court, Hempstead.
Detectives are asking anyone who believes they may have also been victimized by Hill to call the Fourth Squad at 516-573-6453.
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