Ex-con recently out of jail charged in string of crimes

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EAST NORTHPORT -

A recently released convict allegedly stole money from eight different places over the past month, according to police.

They say Alan Lepre, a homeless man formerly from East Northport, stole cash from at least three businesses, robbed two banks and jacked a car from the Northport train station between June 12 and July 5.

Authorities say Lepre returned to criminal activity just four days after he was released from jail. He had spent 10 months locked up for petit larceny.

One of his victims was the Shears of Elegance salon in East Northport.

Jackie Seickel, a stylist there, says she was the only employee working when Lepre entered on June 12.

"I heard the register ding, but I didn't hear the door open," Seickel says. "I went over, and there was a guy huddled over the register."

Seickel says she was able to retrieve the money from Lepre as he tried to leave, but other businesses weren't so lucky.

Police say he stole from the Mavis Discount Tire in East Northport and Curtains and Home in Commack.

Police say Lepre showed up to the Larkfield Lanes in East Northport on June 20 and stole a laptop worth $1,000. Tony Pennachia, a manager there, turned surveillance footage of the incident over to police. 

Investigators say another key to solving the case was surveillance video from when Lepre allegedly robbed a TD Bank in West Islip last week. 

"We used stills from that video surveillance of this suspect and released it to the media and public and received numerous tips on our Suffolk County Crime Stoppers line," says Suffolk Commissioner Tim Sini. 

Lepre has been charged with robbery, grand larceny and petit larceny. Police say he was trying to steal cash to support a heroin addiction.

He has an extensive criminal history including more than 20 prior convictions, mostly for misdemeanors.

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