Cops: East Islip man arrested; broke into vehicles at seafood festival

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An East Islip man was arrested Sunday after, police said, he tried to break into vehicles at a seafood festival in West Sayville.

Seventh Precinct Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) officer James O'Callaghan was assigned to the festival being held at the West Sayville Fire Department when he noticed a man attempting to break into vehicles at about 4:55 p.m.

Nicholas Montalbano, 20, of Deer Run, East Islip, was discovered in the parking lot at 80 Main St. with electronic devices, credit cards, marijuana, controlled substances and a switchblade knife, police said.

Fifth Squad detectives and Fifth Precinct Crime Section officers said the items recovered were stolen from vehicles in Bayport, Bohemia, Sayville and Montauk.

Montalbano was charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny, one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of petty larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Montalbano was being held at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Tuesday, police said.

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