Police bust alleged burglary ring in East Patchogue

EAST PATCHOGUE - Police have arrested a group of men who they say are responsible for at least a half-dozen house break-ins in Suffolk County.According to investigators, the leader of the burglary ring was 41-year-old Francisco Sanchez, who worked for Nationwide, a subcontractor hired by Cablevision to install its services.Sanchez and his alleged accomplices were apprehended Friday, when detectives who happened to be in the Patchogue area received a call about a burglary on Haig Avenue. As officers pulled up, they observed a man coming out from the backyard and into the driveway. That is when police arrested 19-year-old Marvin Escobar. Sanchez and two other men were arrested shortly after when police say they spotted a van circling the area. Police say Sanchez would scope out a neighborhood and look for vacant homes that would be easier to burglarize. Cablevision, which is the parent company of News 12 Long Island, said in a statement that it is suspending work with Nationwide pending an investigation.

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