A Bellmore man suspected in a monthlong series of burglaries in Bellmore, Wantagh and Merrick has been arrested, Nassau County police said Tuesday.
According to Seventh Squad detectives, Sergey Fattakhov, 23, of 10 Public Hwy., was arrested Monday afternoon at home and charged with four counts of second-degree burglary and four counts of attempted burglary.
Fattakhov, arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead, blamed his heroin addiction for the alleged crimes, according to court papers.
"I've been in a fog for the last couple of months because of my horrible drug use," he said in a statement to police. "My sickness has caused me to do things I am not proud of to support my drug habit. I've hit rock bottom."
Fattakhov, who was held without bond, did not enter pleas Tuesday. Prosecutors said he has prior convictions for grand theft and driving while intoxicated.
He was identified by witnesses who saw him leave the scene of some of the burglaries, police said. Some proceeds were recovered at his residence, detectives said.
The most recent burglary was Monday, in the early morning hours, when a burglar entered a home on Eastern Avenue in Bellmore through a side window and took a laptop computer, assorted jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Between June 26 and Monday, Fattakhov is suspected in break-ins at four homes and attempted break-ins at four others, police said.
During one attempted break-in, on July 8 in Wantagh, a suspect fled without taking any items after being confronted by the owner of a Bayview Avenue home, police said.
Goods taken in the burglaries include an iPad, an iPod, a gold necklace, a diamond bracelet and sports memorabilia photographs, police said.