Cops: Medford man charged in burglary spree
A Medford man arrested after trying to break into a nearby home Friday has been blamed for a recent rash of burglaries in his neighborhood, Suffolk police said.
Conor Douglas, 24, left a Peconic Avenue home after failing to break in from the rear, police said, but he was noticed by a neighbor, who called officers.
As several Fifth Precinct patrol, detectives and specialized units searched for him, Douglas was burglarizing two homes on nearby Long Island Avenue, an area covered by the Sixth Precinct, police said.
But as he returned to his own home, Douglas was caught by Fifth Precinct gang section and Fifth Squad Neighborhood Enforcement/Special Operations Team, police said. Stolen jewelry was recovered, police said.
After detectives looked at recent burglaries and attempted break-ins in Medford, they found three other cases that fit Douglas' crime pattern, said Det. Sgt. Al Feinstein of the Fifth Precinct. Two were on Jamaica Avenue Aug. 28 and the third on Peconic Avenue Monday, police said.
"Most of these were within half a mile of his house," Feinstein said. Douglas primarily took jewelry, he said.
Douglas, of 328 Peconic Ave., was held overnight at the Fifth Precinct pending arraignment on four counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree attempted burglary.