3 arrested in Baldwin burglary spree

Courtney Cross, 17, was arrested on five counts Courtney Cross, 17, was arrested on five counts of second-degree burglary in a Baldwin crime spree that began in December and ended this week, Nassau police said. (Jan 19, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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Nassau County police Saturday arrested three people allegedly involved in a monthlong Baldwin crime spree.

Police said the burglaries started Dec. 11, when 17-year-old Courtney Cross of 507 College Place, College Point, Queens, rang the doorbell of a Washington Street home. When no one answered, he entered the rear of the house through a window and stole jewelry and electronics, they said.

On Dec. 17, police said, Cross entered a Jeffrey Drive home through a window and stole a handbag, GPS system, bottles of liquor, an iPad and a video gaming system.

On Jan. 7, Cross returned to the home burglarized on Dec. 11 and tried to get in again through the same rear window, but was unsuccessful, police said.

On Jan. 11, police said, Cross entered a house on Hastings Street through a front window, but a 27-year-old man who had been sleeping awoke when he heard Cross enter and walk up the stairs. He confronted Cross, who fled without taking anything, police said.

On Thursday, Cross and a 16-year-old girl from Baldwin rang the doorbell of a home on Iris Lane, and when no one answered, police said, Cross kicked in a rear window and entered, stealing jewelry, fur coats and a laptop, while the girl stayed outside. The two then fled.

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Police said the burglaries were between 6 and 8 a.m.

Cross and the girl were arrested Friday, police said.

Cross is charged with five counts of second-degree burglary. The girl is charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Police also arrested the girl's 19-year-old brother for allegedly trying to dispose of the stolen items.

Newsday is not identifying the girl because it was unclear whether she was charged as an adult. It is not identifying her brother because doing so could identify the girl.

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