An off-duty Nassau County police detective driving through a North Bellmore neighborhood caught a suspected burglar in the act, police said Thursday.
Carlos Parada-Hernandez, 45, of Hempstead, was attempting to gain entry to the side door of a home on Metropolitan Avenue at 9:37 a.m. Tuesday when the off-duty detective lieutenant drove past and spotted him "acting suspiciously," police said in a news released.
The detective stopped, identified himself as a police officer, and questioned the suspect, police said.
An investigation revealed that Parada-Hernandez was "in possession of burglar tools" and that the "screen doors of the residence where found pried open," police said.
Police did not release the identity of the officer.
Parada-Hernandez, of 50 Jackson Ave., was arraigned Wednesday on charges of second-degree burglary and possession of burglar tools.
He was being held on $2,000 bond, or $1,000 cash bail, according to online court records.