Police: 5 minors arrested in string of Syosset burglaries
Police announced the arrest of five juveniles in connection to a string of break-ins in Syosset that happened Tuesday.
A total of 12 stores were broken into, causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage after midnight.
An investigation led detectives to the First Mercy Facility at 525 Convent Rd. in Syosset and placed the five suspects into police custody without incident.
The owner of Bagel Master in Syosset tells News 12 he woke up shocked and frustrated to find the front door of his business completely smashed in.
Surveillance videos from outside the bagel shop shows people throwing something at the store and making their way inside, according to the owner.
The owner, Vadim Nayman, says they then broke the register and made off with some items inside causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage.
"It's more of the frustrating part of what happens next," Nayman says. "This was 12 stores in one day."
Nayman says police on the scene Monday night said 11 other businesses in the community were also broken into.
Those businesses include Grand Wine cellar, Y Cleaners, Cardinali Bakery, Village Pharmacy, Orange Theory, Aboffs Paint and Danny's Chinese Kitchen.
Danny's Chinese Kitchen was open less than a week when the break-in happened.
"I am shocked a little bit," says Randy Klein, co-owner of Danny's Chinese Kitchen. "We just opened a few days ago, and the community has welcomed us beautifully and then these kids come around and do that, so it hurts a little bit."
Other business owners have been in the neighborhood for years and called it a "very safe area," saying this has never happened to them.
A 16-year-old male and a 16-year-old female were charged with charged with eight counts of burglary in the third degree and four counts of felony criminal mischief. They will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court Youth Part.
A 15-year-old female and two 14-year-old males were charged with eight counts of burglary in the third degree and four counts of felony criminal mischief. They were released on a family court appearance ticket returnable to family court on June 21 in Westbury.
The 16-year-old male was previously arrested on May 31 and June 3 and charged with two additional counts of burglary.