LOWER EAST SIDE — Police on Tuesday arrested a man they discovered peering into parked cars at the corner of Grand and Ludlow streets with a gun, burglary tools and a crack pipe in his possession.
Police spotted 52-year-old Julio Jurado looking into cars at around 11:10 p.m., and noticed he fit the description of a man who had been breaking into vehicles in the neighborhood, according to a police report.
When asked to produce his identification, Jurado appeared nervous, leading police to ask him if he had anything in his possession he shouldn’t have, authorities said.
Jurado admitted that he had a crack pipe, then pulled the pipe out of his backpack and handed it over to the police, according to authorities.
As Jurado was being arrested, officers asked him again if he had anything else he shouldn’t have, to which the suspect admitted he had a gun, police said.
Police discovered a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in Jurado’s backpack, according to a police report, as well as burglary tools.
Jurado has been charged with the criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, according to court records. His bail has been set at $20,000 and he is due back on court on July 25.
Jurado has 96 prior arrests, the majority of which have been drug-related, according to police, who said Jurado has previously been apprehended for breaking into cars and stealing change from pay phones.
He pleaded guilty in March to petit larceny, for which he served an intermittent sentence of 10 days, court records show.
A rash of car break-ins and burglaries has recently hit the Lower East Side, with 13 break-ins occurring in the month of June.
Jurado's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.