SCARSDALE, N.Y. – After a two-month investigation, the Scarsdale Police Department said it arrested Bronx native Marie Nikgjonaj, one of several suspects in a car break-in.
On Friday, Nikgjonaj surrendered at police headquarters to meet detectives. She did not deny breaking into any vehicles, but refused to name any of her accomplices, police said. She was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.
According to Scarsdale Police Lt. Thomas Altizio, the department used DNA samples of blood that were found in the vehicle to help track down the defendant.
“The Westchester County Crime Lab obtained a DNA profile from the samples that matches Marie Nikgjonaj, a known offender who was listed in the NY State DNA registry and has been arrested 15 times, primarily for burglary, larceny and forgery.”
Following a recommendation from the assistant district attorney, Scarsdale Village Judge John Galloway, set cash bail at $10,000 or $20,000 bond due to Nikgjonaj’s checkered past. She is due back in court on Sept. 2.
Altizio said the Scarsdale Police Department’s Detective Division is continuing its investigation into Nikgjonaj and her possible accomplices for involvement with other village crimes.