An alert window restorer who detected an apparent burglary at a Larchmont Manor home undergoing renovation Thursday, April 8, grabbed the intruder’s car keys and ran down Magnolia Avenue pursued by the suspect until police arrived.
Larchmont police arrested Ronnie Riccio, 62 of Larchmont Acres in the Town of Mamaroneck, and charged him with second degree burglary, third degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.
Mr. Riccio was arraigned and was being held without bail in the Westchester County Jail as of Wednesday, April 14. According to the Westchester County Department of Corrections, Mr. Riccio has an outstanding warrant for assault in New York City. He has been held at the jail before.
Devin Dascher, 46, owner of Albany Window Restoration in Troy, New York, had begun work at the Magnolia Avenue house at around 5 am when “I heard a clatter and some banging out back,” he told the Gazette. From the third floor, he saw a car parked on the back lawn.
Mr. Dascher observed a man carrying off one of the copper leaders that had been installed around eight weeks earlier. Mr. Dascher went to check, and saw the man “yanking and prying on the leaders.”
Mr. Dascher had his partner call the police and was exiting through a side door when the suspect entered the home through the back.
When Mr. Dascher got outside, the intruder also exited, walked past the surprised contractor and said, “How are you doing,” before getting into the vehicle.
“I couldn’t believe this was going on,” said Mr. Dascher, but that didn’t prevent him from jumping into the passenger seat and wrestling with Mr. Riccio over the car keys.
“Ultimately, I pulled his sweatshirt over his head and had the sleeves and the sweatshirt in one hand and then pried the keys out of his hands,” said Mr. Dascher. “That’s when he said, ‘Give me the keys, I’ve got a gun.’ “
Mr. Dascher sprinted off with the keys down Magnolia Avenue with the suspect giving chase and Mr. Dascher’s partner running behind.
About a block down, three police cruisers pulled up and Mr. Dascher stopped and put his hands in the air. “My partner said, ‘No, no, not him – it’s this guy,’” said Mr. Dascher.
Learning about Mr. Dascher’s adventure, homeowner Rina Beder was impressed. “Who knew when we were hiring Devon that we were getting not only a talented woodworker but a fearless thief nabber?” she asked.