Suspect in burglary spree faces life in prison
by Andrew Shilling
May 07, 2013 | 3417 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Captain Thomas Conforti
Captain Thomas Conforti
Police believe they have caught a suspect in connection with the spree of burglaries in Forest Hills on Wednesday, May 1, officials announced at a special meeting held at P.S. 174 in Rego Park Monday night.

Paul Hisler, a resident of Forest Hills, was arrested in the 112th Precinct in connection to one of the 14 burglaries in the area, according to James Evangelou, bureau chief of Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau with the Queens District Attorney.

He added that the suspect, who has a criminal history, was also in possession of an air pistol and attempted to evade police following the arrest.

“He has two violent felony convictions, and in this case they are both house burglaries,” Evangelou said.

He added that Hisler is currently behind bars at Rikers Island for violating parole and on $560,000 bond for those crimes and faces a minimum of 16 years to life in prison, if convicted.

“He is a career criminal,” he said.

The 112th Community Council president Heidi Chain made a post on the group’s new Facebook page last Friday, informing residents that police did in fact make an arrest.

“The captain was dead on when he said he believed the person responsible was a local resident with a history,” Chain wrote.

While Captain Thomas Conforti said he believes the suspect is responsible for the pattern of crimes, he added, “There might be other people responsible, but we haven’t determined that yet.”

Conforti added that residents should, “remain vigilant, and if you see something give 911 a call.”

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