Cops: Levittown burglar fled on stolen bike
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.
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.