Cops: Neighbor helps nab burglary suspect

A Queens man is under arrest on burglary charges after a neighbor of the burglary victim jotted down the license plate of the getaway vehicle and gave it to authorities, police said.

Luis Gaston, 36, of 73-55 210th St., Oakland Gardens, Queens, was arrested little more than three hours after the burglary at the Grand Street home in Massapequa, Nassau County police said. Gaston was charged with second-degree burglary.

Police said that at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday the homeowner, identified only as a 39-year-old woman, returned to the home to find that a rear window had been forced open -- and a laptop computer, a pair of sneakers, a bottle of liquor and additional items were gone.


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But, police said, an alert neighbor heard a car door slam at about the time of the burglary, saw a dark-colored sport utility vehicle leaving the scene, took down the license plate -- and gave the plate number to police.

Gaston was arrested at 1:46 a.m., police said.

Gaston faces arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.

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