Rick James famously stated that “Cocaine is a hell of a drug” and one New York City man has shown this to be true. According to law enforcement, Daniel Bertini, 39, went on a wild crime spree recently because of his drug habit. Bertini was caught at a Chase Bank location with $915 in stolen coins in the early morning hours. When police confronted him, he resisted arrest and was hit in the head with a baton by one of the officers. He suffered cuts to his head and one of the arresting officers injured his shoulder during the wild melee.
Bertini told cops later that “he has a cocaine habit and had taken money from his mother.” He further stated that he burglarized the Chase branch, which he chose randomly because he wanted to pay back his mother before she noticed the missing money. When police arrested him it was his third robbery that day. He tried unsuccessfully to break into a Key Bank and then a Bank of America. Police suspect he is responsible for at least eight bank incidents in Brooklyn and thefts from a bar and corner store in the area.
According to police, Bertini is on parole until 2018 from a burglary arrest in Nevada and has an extensive criminal history. He has 15 prior arrests, including six bank robberies in Nevada and also arrests in New York that date back to 1993.