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VT’s Investigative Report: Part 2


Jose Benitez

Jose Benitez

“Yond Cassius over there has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Men like him are dangerous.”

Julius Caesar; Act 1 Scene 2

Sometimes it takes a little persistence to get the full story. And persistence is one of our strengths.

We’ve chased after the details surrounding Jose Benitez who was arrested by SCPD Officers

Michael Buscarino and Vincent Dilluvio in March while they were on routine patrol. The officers first questioned Benitez for drinking an open container of alcohol in front of 1720 New York Avenue. Benitez allegedly gave a false name and the officers transported him to the Second Precinct.

Further investigation by Second Squad detectives, revealed that Benitez was responsible for five commercial burglaries that occurred between March 17 and March 23. They included:

  • March 23 at approximately 4 a.m. – Promesas Christian Book Store, located at New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • March 23 at approximately 3:30 a.m. – Checkers, located at 1680 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • Between March 20 at 7 p.m. and March 21- at 8 a.m. – Variedades Belen, located at 1671 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • March 21, at approximately 4:55 a.m. – Sunny’s Discount, located at 1345 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • March 17, at approximately 4 a.m. – Best for Less, located at 1711 New York Ave., Huntington Station

Benitez, 34, of 59 East 6th Street, was charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, False Personation, a bench warrant, and was issued a summons for Open Alcoholic Beverage. He was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on March 25 and was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail.

Now we have learned that Benitez is an illegal alien from El Salvador who has been arrested and deported previously. The New York State court system’s online database reveals that the suspect has a previous charge pending against him for menacing with a weapon. We’ve also learned that ICE (Immigrations & Customs Enforcement) officers were notified of his most recent arrest on March 28. Benitez will apparently be represented by Antonio Salva of Bay Shore.

But the story doesn’t stop there.

When he was arrested, Benitez reported that his place of residence is 59 East 6th Street, Huntington Station. TOH records indicate that the site is a single family residence owned and occupied by Amadeo Villatoro. Perhaps Benitez is a visiting relative?!?

TOH Code Enforcement reports that they have no complaints regarding an illegal apartment at this location.

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