A New Cassel man was indicted Monday in a nearly monthlong burglary spree of eight residences, acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said.
Carlos Morinville, 22, was arraigned on the 12-count indictment before acting Supreme Court Justice David Sullivan in a Mineola courtroom.
Morinville is charged with first-degree burglary and eight counts of second-degree burglary, both felony offenses. He also is charged with three misdemeanors: fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and resisting arrest, prosecutors said.
The burglaries took place between June 4 and June 29 in Westbury and New Cassel, Singas said in a news release. The thief got away with money, electronics, clothing, jewelry and other items.
Morinville was held on a probation violation in another matter, and Sullivan set bail on the indictment charges at $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash.
Morinville, who pleaded not guilty, could face 5 to 25 years if convicted of the top charge. He is due back in court Nov. 13.
His attorney, Glenn Hardy of Garden City, said: "He said the two most important words in our criminal justice system -- not guilty. It is now the burden of the government to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. And our investigation is ongoing."
Prosecutors say Morinville first burglarized a Westbury apartment about noon June 4. He struck again on June 10, 11, 13, 19, 22 and 25, prosecutors said.
Morinville was caught in the act during his final burglary of a New Cassel home June 29, prosecutors said.
A 65-year-old woman discovered Morinville when she noticed a basement light was on. With a box cutter in his hand, Morinville motioned toward a 73-year-old man, who called police, prosecutors said. Police arrested Morinville at the scene.
"Thankfully, a brave senior citizen detained the defendant long enough for police officers to arrest him," Singas said.