Suspected car vandals arrested in Nassau Co.

May 4, 2009 6:08:20 PM PDT
Police say five young men went on a crime spree hitting dozens of towns in Nassau County. They were arrested hours later, police said. All together they face 180 charges for breaking into cars and stealing items from them.

A table full of electronics GPS systems and cell phones is only a fraction of what police say the five young men stole from cars all over Nassau County Friday night.

One of the targets was a parking lot at a Roslyn apartment complex

"This the first time anything has happened here since I've been here in over 20 years," Leo Murray said.

Police also recovered the tools used to break into cars including a glass buster and seatbelt cutter.

Investigators said the five men wanted GPS systems, but grabbed anything with any value.

"We had several cases where the window was broken, but nothing was taken because there was nothing of value in the car," Det. Sgt. Steven Zeth said.

But police made a quick arrest after a Roslyn resident called 911 at 6:00 Saturday morning to report seeing the vandals leave the parking lot in a black Nissan Maxima. An alert patrol officer spotted the car and made 5 arrests.

"He looked inside the vehicle and saw equipment and placed them under arrest," Zeth said.

Police are looking for a link to the five suspects and car break-ins in similar areas last week.

They say the suspects have no prior arrests.


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