Suffolk police say attempted car break-ins in Holbrook may not constitute a crime

Holbrook residents are concerned following several attempted car break-ins, but police say those potential thieves may not even have committed a crime.

News 12 Staff

Aug 2, 2022, 2:19 AM

Updated 680 days ago

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Holbrook residents are concerned following several attempted car break-ins, but police say those potential thieves may not even have committed a crime.
Suffolk County police say the act of jiggling a car door doesn't mean that someone has committed a crime. Even if someone gets inside an unlocked car and rummages through it, police say they likely would not be charged if they did not steal anything.
Deanna Salentino gave Suffolk County investigators a video of someone who she says was trying to break into her parked SUV. The vehicle was locked - and the suspect didn't take anything. According to police, that means the suspect cannot be charged with a crime.
Salentino does not agree.
"To me it's a crime - you're on my property - you're touching my things," Salentino says. "They don't belong to you."
Defense attorney Anthony La Pinta says prosecutors would need to prove the person on video has the intention to steal.
"Arguably it could be done for other reasons besides gaining entry to steal," La Pinta says. "So, there are evidentiary problems with charging somebody with larceny based on a video."
Donna Feldstein says it's a "little scary" considering what has been happening in the neighborhood recently.
Feldstein says when she was sitting on her porch - two men came by. One got inside a car parked on the street and the other tried opening an SUV in her driveway.
She screamed and scared them off. Police took a report - but no arrests have been made.
"Nothing was taken, they didn't break into anything, her car was unlocked at the time," Feldstein says. "So really what did they do? In my eyes they committed a crime."


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