Park Slope burglar sentenced to up to 4 years in prison for 6 break-ins
PARK SLOPE — A serial burglar who had targeted businesses primarily in Park Slope will spend the next two-to-four years in prison following a trial in Kings County Supreme Court.
Charles Wold, a 59-year-old from Park Slope, was sentenced by Justice Evelyn LaPorte on Monday to six concurrent prison terms of two to four years following his guilty plea on Nov. 2, 2022 to six counts of third-degree burglary and one count of attempted burglary.
Wold, who only burglarized commercial businesses and not private homes or apartments, got two to four years in prison at the objection of the District Attorney’s Office, who had requested he receive nine to 18 years in prison instead.
“This defendant is a serial burglar who has shown that he will continue to invade other people’s property if he remains at large, necessitating this prison sentence,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “My Office is committed to protecting the safety and property of everyone living in Brooklyn and will continue to prosecute those who victimize our neighbors.”
All of Wold’s burglaries occurred between Oct. 5, 2021 and Jan. 6, 2022. The business he hit included Simply Sweet, on Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay, Hipster Deli on 7th Avenue in Park Slope, the Park Slope Ale House on 6th Avenue, Just Salad on 7th Avenue, Tava Turkish and Mediterranean Restaurant on 5th Avenue, 390 Social Bar on 5th Avenue, and Blue Collar Burger on Court Street in Cobble Hill.
Most of the incidents occurred between 12:00 A.M. and 2:38 A.M.
The District Attorney’s investigation claimed that Wold had been responsible for physical damage to the businesses targeted, along with the loss of thousands of dollars in cash, electronics and other items.
It costs New York State approximately $556,000 per prisoner, per year to house them in a State prison, according to the NYC Comptroller’s Office. As a result, tax payers may be responsible for paying approximately $2.2 million to hold Wold during his sentence.
Wold reportedly had 32 prior arrests for burglary and theft that dated back to 1983. Wold had admitted to the NY Post that he steals because he is addicted to heroin and cannot get proper rehabilitation.
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