Suffolk police chief: Robberies in Bohemia, Hauppauge could be connected
A pair of recent burglaries in Hauppauge and Bohemia could be connected, according to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.
Police tell News 12 that two men broke into a home earlier this year on Enfield Lane in Hauppauge, making off with $1,600 worth of jewelry and electronics.
The homeowner told News 12 off camera that the suspects broke down the back door after attempting to get in the front and went straight for the upstairs bedrooms.
According to police, they then tried to hit other home on this block.
"Those same individuals then went across the street and attempted to break in another location where they were unsuccessful," Harrison says.
Harrison says another burglary in Bohemia a few weeks later with suspects described as white males in their 20s wearing black clothing could be connected to the Hauppauge robbery.
He says on Jan. 21, one individual fitting the same description that happened on the Feb. 12th was inside a location when the homeowner came home.
"The perpetrators fled the location and got in a vehicle. And that is where the common denominator is," Harrison says.
A white Toyota Corolla is the suspect's getaway car in both robberies, according to police.
Bohemia resident Gunnar Olsen was stunned to hear about the break-in.
"Surprises me, haven't heard about something that before, scary," Olsen says.
Other neighbors say they are takin steps to protect their resident from the break-in.
"I have an alarm, I have a Rottweiler and I've got a ring," says Hauppauge resident Donald Meer.
Police are asking anyone with information that could lead to an arrest are being asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.