Six arrested in alleged burglary ring

September 12, 2008 8:31:34 PM PDT
Six people were arrested on Long Island Friday in connection to a burglary ring that police say was responsible for the burglaries of occupied residences in western Suffolk County over the last two weeks.Police say the burglary ring was operated out of Wyandanch and struck several homes in Melville, Deer Park, Islip, Copiague and Smithtown. A search warrant was executed at 270 State Avenue in Wyandanch early Friday morning. Authorities say six people were arrested and a fully-loaded .09-mm handgun, two shotguns and proceeds from the burglaries were seized.

Five men are facing charges of first-degree burglary and robbery. They have been identified as:

  • 18-year-old Tyrone Simpson
  • 18-year-old Andy Sukram
  • 21-year-old Byran Bethea, Jr.
  • 18-year-old Benjamin Gains
  • 19-year-old Jamal Bishop

    Eighteen-year-old Steven Brison is facing charges of criminal possession of stolen property.

    The homes burglarized were at the following locations:

  • Wilmington Drive, Melville, on August 26
  • Brennan Place, Deer Park, on August 26
  • Roundtree Drive, Melville, on September 4
  • St. Marks Lane, Islip, on September 8
  • Lido Promenade West, Copiague, on September 8
  • North Ingelore Court, Smithtown, on September 9

    "As it quickly became apparent these break-ins were related, police commissioner (Richard) Dormer and I made the resources available for an intensive investigation, which has resulted in the six arrests today," Suffolk County executive Steve Levy said. "Suffolk remains the safest suburban county in the nation because of the fast and thorough efforts of our police department and its outstanding officers."

    The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

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