Cops: Levittown burglar fled on stolen bike

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A man who fled the scene of a Levittown burglary on a stolen bicycle after being caught in the act by the homeowner he was trying to rob was arrested a short time later in the backyard of a nearby home Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Mitchell Eduardo Alfaro Berrios, 22, of 730 Midwood St., Uniondale, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of burglar tools after his arrest at about 4:40 p.m. in the yard of a home on Charles Lane in Levittown.

Berrios is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said Berrios was attempting to "push in the rear window" of a home on nearby Elm Drive South when the 57-year-old homeowner spotted him -- and chased him off. But, police said, not before Berrios managed to steal a bike that he used for his getaway.

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However, Second Precinct officers managed to track Berrios to the home on Charles Lane, where police said he was arrested without incident.

Police said a subsequent investigation revealed that Berrios had earlier burglarized a home on Turn Lane in Levittown, stealing an iPhone, a phone charger, earphones and a gold watch.

Those items -- and, a passport belonging to Berrios -- were all recovered from a knapsack police said Berrios left behind when he hastily fled the home on Elm Drive South.

Police said Berrios was in possession of a glass cutter tool he used to cut windows.

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