Home owner startles bandits on Long Island

October 25, 2011 3:07:46 PM PDT
Investigators are looking for the bad guys behind a frightening home invasion on Long Island.

A homeowner confronted two men in the bedroom of an upscale neighborhood in Great Neck, Nassau County.

Residents say there have been other similar break-ins in their neighborhood.

Charles Shohet says he heard the noise at his home on Dorset Road at 7:20 Monday night. He thought his 86-year-old mother had fallen, but when he got to his master bedroom he saw two men in ski masks rifling through the drawers.

"They saw me. They panicked. I panicked also. I say, 'What are you doing here? Get out. I'm gonna call the police now,'" Shohet said.

His mother showed us how easily the two men burst through the back door. She was resting when it all happened, but she hasn't really rested since then.

Charles tells Eyewitness News that he was shoved in the face a bit, but at the time, he was afraid it would be worse.

"I was scared because I didn't want them to attack me. They might have had a weapon or something like that," Shohet said.

His next door neighbor had the exact same type of burglary at her home less than a year ago. Another neighbor said bandits stole her dresser drawer and threw it in a neighbor's back yard..

So far, police do not call these burglaries a pattern, but residents tell us, another home near here was broken into only 6 days ago.

For the Shohets, it has been three times now in the past 30 years and, they say, enough is enough.