Man in court Wednesday in Nassau burglary

A handprint recovered from a window at an April burglary scene in Farmingdale led police to charge an Amityville man with the crime -- the man arrested Tuesday as he appeared in a Suffolk County courtroom on unrelated charges.

Wilfi Rosario Rodriguez, 19, of 1A Main St., Amityville, was arrested in First District Court in Central Islip on charges of second-degree burglary in connection with the break-in, which occurred at about 2 p.m. April 22 at a home on Staples Street in Farmingdale.

That burglary was discovered and reported by the 56-year-old female homeowner, Nassau County police said. Investigators discovered the handprint on a window at the scene and police said that print was matched to Rodriguez, who police described Wednesday as "unemployed."


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Police said detectives arrested Rodriguez in court Tuesday, when he was making an appearance on unrelated charges. Court records indicate Rodriguez has been charged in Suffolk in at least two other burglaries -- one from April 11 and the other from Oct. 29.

Records show Rodriguez was arrested Aug. 14 in connection with the Oct. 29 burglary, then charged the next day in the April 11 burglary. Court records show Rodriguez is charged with third-degree burglary in connection with the April 11 incident and is charged with third-degree grand larceny in connection with the Oct. 29 incident.

Rodriguez is being held in lieu of $4,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond in those cases and is scheduled to appear in court on those charges on Sept. 13.

He faces arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead in connection with the Farmingdale burglary, police said.

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