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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2012


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of SHAWN MCALEESE, 43, to 28 to 56 years in state prison for breaking into residential homes and then tunneling through walls to steal money, computers and food from neighboring businesses. On August 27, 2012, the defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to eight counts of Burglary in the Third Degree.

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“The defendant embarked upon a two-month-long burglary spree throughout Manhattan,” said District Attorney Vance. “He not only violated the sanctity of private homes by breaking into residences, but also used those apartments as launch pads to steal from nearby businesses.  Theft from a business doesn’t end at emptying the cash register – it jeopardizes the job security of those who work there because it affects the bottom line.”

According to documents filed in court and the defendant’s guilty plea, MCALEESE broke into at least eight residential buildings in the Flatiron District, Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper East Side, Murray Hill, and Central Harlem between May 3 and June 30 of this year. Each building was in close proximity to a restaurant or bar.  The defendant did not typically steal from the residential apartments, but instead used them to gain access to alleys or dig through walls into neighboring businesses, including restaurants, bars, and lounges.  The defendant repeatedly stole money from cash registers and, when no cash was available, took food and liquor.  

Assistant District Attorneys Andrew Weinstein and Cory Jacobs handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Eugene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30, and John Brancato, Deputy Chief of Trial Bureau 30.  Trial Preparation Assistant John Lattarulo assisted with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked NYPD Detective Frank Geosits, 10th Detective Squad; Detective Holger Diaz, 17th Detective Squad; Detective Joe Dellarocca, 18th Detective Squad; Detective Nick Rodriguez, 19th Detective Squad; Detective Chris French, 20th Detective Squad; and Detective Malik Kirkland, 28th Detective Squad for their assistance in the investigation.

Defendant Information:

SHAWN MCALEESE, D.O.B. 10/07/1968
New York, NY


  • Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 8 counts


  • 28 to 56 years in state prison