PATCHOGUE, NY (MorichesDaily) — Police have arrested two men who are accused of being behind a string of East Patchogue burglaries.
Police believe the two men, who were knocking on neighborhood doors looking for unoccupied homes, might be responsible for a rash of burglaries in the area that occurred during the past four weeks.
Suffolk County Police arrested two men on Thursday who are accused of trying to break into an East Patchogue home earlier in the afternoon.
Fifth Precinct police officers responded to a home on Corbin Avenue in East Patchogue after callers reported that a suspicious man had gone into a neighbor’s backyard at approximately 1 p.m.
A short time later, police say they stopped a Nissan Altima that matched the description of a car that was seen on Corbin Avenue around the time of the 911 calls.
When cops investigated, they found Philip Mazzola, of Patchogue, driving an Altima nearby and Richard Crane, of Bellport, walking a block away – both were arrested.
Further investigations by Fifth Squad detectives revealed that Crane and Mazzola may have been responsible for another attempted burglary that occurred earlier today on Shady Tree Lane in East Patchogue.
They were also accused of committing a burglary that occurred on December 20, 2012 on North Summit Street in Patchogue and two burglaries that occurred on January 8 in East Patchogue on Knot Street and Denise Drive.
Crane, 21, of 30 Carver Boulevard, Bellport, and Mazzola, 21, of 16 Hollow Oak Drive, Patchogue, were charged with three counts of Burglary 2nd Degree and two counts of Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree.
Police say the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call anonymously to Crimes Stopper at 1-800-220-TIPS. All Calls will be kept confidential.
Both men will are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on January 25.