Cops: Burglar ID'd by DNA left behind in 2012

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A Massapequa Park man who stole lottery game cards after breaking into a convenience store in 2012 was tracked down Sunday by officers armed with DNA evidence from the crime scene, Nassau police said Tuesday.

John Terriberry, 39, was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary. His arraignment was set for Tuesday but rescheduled for Friday after he told jail officials he was sick, said a spokesman for the Nassau district attorney's office.

He had been linked to the Dec. 23, 2012, break-in of Tutal Convenience Store in Massapequa by blood left there, police said.

The burglary was discovered when the store owner noticed that the air conditioner had been pushed inward, police said, and inside he found several scratch-off lottery cards missing. Detectives at that time used DNA in the blood to identify the perpetrator but could not find Terriberry after going to his last known address, police said.

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Then on Sunday afternoon, Terriberry was found and arrested at his Massapequa Park home, 136 Reiss Ave., police said. The arrest came after someone called 911 to request a welfare check on Terriberry, and when the officer checked his name, he found a warrant on him, police said.

Nassau police did not release other details.

Police also did not give details on Terriberry's criminal record and why his DNA was on file. But police said Terriberry violated parole in 2006 and 2007.

Court records show he was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree attempted robbery, committed in 2001 in New York City. It's not clear what happened after his plea, but Terriberry was captured on a warrant in both 2006 and 2007 and resentenced in 2008, records show.

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