Cops: Burglar nabbed after crashing car in Selden

Police officers chased a suspected burglar in Selden Police officers chased a suspected burglar in Selden on and caught him after he crashed his car on a residential lawn, Suffolk police said. (Aug. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Christopher Sabella

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By car and on foot, officers chased a suspected burglar in Selden on Thursday morning and caught him after he crashed his car on a residential lawn, Suffolk police said.

Robert Russo, 48, had been stripping copper piping out of a vacant home on North Evergreen Drive as officers responding to a 911 burglary call arrived about 11 a.m., police said.

Russo then took off at a "high rate of speed" in a Volkswagen Jetta, crossing the yellow lines on the roadway, blowing a stop sign and almost causing an accident when he drove the wrong way on North Bicycle Path in Selden, police said.

He lost control of his vehicle and hit a parked car on North Bicycle Path, his Jetta ending up on a residential lawn less than a mile from the burglary scene, police said.

Russo ran out of his car, only to be caught by officers, police said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries and booked on about a dozen charges, including second-degree assault for injuring a police officer and third-degree burglary, police said.

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Details on the officer's injuries were not available Thursday night.

Russo's arraignment date was not immediately known.

Police said Russo is a homeless parolee and there was an arrest warrant for him. After his arrest, he gave a false name to officers, leading to a charge of second-degree criminal impersonation, police said.

Other charges against Russo are reckless driving, unlawful fleeing of police, possession of burglar tools, operator leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, parole violation and first-degree reckless endangerment.

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