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Man Arrested for Breaking Into East Harlem Cars, Setting One on Fire: DA

EAST HARLEM  — A man broke into a series of cars to steal credit cards and a wallet before setting one of the vehicles on fire in broad daylight, authorities said. 

Sosa Aramis, 36, started breaking into multiple cars near East 120th Street and Pleasant Avenue on March 2 around 9:15 a.m., according to police and court records.  

Witnesses saw Aramis break into the cars and crack open their glove compartments, swiping six credit cards and a wallet along the way, prosecutors said.

In one instance, the suspect set a car ablaze by lighting multiple pieces of paper in the vehicle on fire, badly damaging the the passenger side, authorities said. 

Witnesses called 911 and the fire department, and Aramis was arrested on the spot, officials said.

He was charged with grand larceny, arson, criminal mischief and criminal possession of the stolen credit cards, prosecutors said. 

Aramis was remanded and is due back in court on March 13.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.