Cops: Levittown man tried to break into home

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A Levittown man was arrested Monday and charged with petty larceny and attempted burglary after a witness saw him take "a large envelope" from the porch of an area home, then break a screen at the rear of the house, police said.

Nitin Malhotra, 21, of 47 Miller Place, was arrested on his own block by Nassau County police Second Precinct officers on charges of second-degree attempted burglary and petty larceny. Police said the stolen envelope and contents were recovered.

Police said the theft and attempted break-in occurred about 2:50 p.m. on Elm Drive.

Police said it was then that a witness reported seeing Malhotra take the envelope from a porch area of the house and stick it in a backpack, then go to the rear of the house -- and break a screen covering a window before fleeing the scene.

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The witness then called 911, police said.

At his arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Malhotra was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail or bond. He is due to return to court on Thursday.

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