It was all about a heroin addiction with two homeless men, Suffolk police told a source. They committed a number of burglaries to pay for their expensive habit and are charged with drug possession.
The two men, 41 and 42 years of age, were arrested by police, following a chase. The police were tipped off after a witness saw the pair breaking into a home in Dix Hills.
Police said the two men are suspected of committing eight burglaries. Seven of them were in Dix Hills, and they attempted two others.
According to the police lieutenant, they were not only charged with the burglaries, but two counts of second-degree assault, four counts of second-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and unlawfully fleeing a police officer. The police chased the pair to a dead-end street, where their car, a Chevrolet Blazer, tried to bull through four marked police cruisers, as the suspects attempted to escape.
The police lieutenant said that two officers were injured during the arrest. One sprained his wrist and fingers. He did not detail the extent of the injuries the other officer suffered.
The 42-year-old suspect was held on $365,000 bond or $182,500 cash bail when he was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.
The second suspect was sent to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Any information about his arraignment is also currently unknown. Police say both of these men suffered from a drug habit. The entire point of the robbery was to get money to buy more drugs.
“Anything they could steal, really,” the police lieutenant said. “They were looking for cash or items they could sell quickly.”
Witnesses had already given police information to find the two men, learning more in the last sighting that led to the final arrest of the suspects. Police tried to stop the burglary, but instead were led on a chase, according to the police lieutenant. The pair fled at high speed, tracked by both police cruisers and a helicopter.
Police in New York and Suffolk County encounter similar types of crime involving drug use and robbery.
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