Cops: Suspect in burglary spree arrested after escape
A 28-year-old West Babylon man was arrested Wednesday after briefly escaping from the First Precinct in West Babylon, where he was being questioned in connection with a string of area burglaries over a three-month period, police said.
Anthony Forgione, of 155 Marcy St., added second-degree escape to a lengthy list of burglary and other charges after being caught by officers "a short time" after he escaped from the precinct, Suffolk County police said.
Forgione was originally detained at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday after burglarizing a home earlier in the day on his own block, police said. An investigation then tied Forgione to a rash of burglaries in West Babylon, Deer Park and West Islip dating back to April, police said.
Forgione was charged with nine counts of second-degree burglary, as well as one count of third-degree burglary and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny -- and was held overnight for arraignment.
Forgione managed to escape the precinct early Wednesday, before being caught running from the scene, police said. He was then charged with escape in addition to the burglaries.
Forgione is now scheduled for arraignment on Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip. Meanwhile, police are asking anyone with information regarding the crimes Forgione is alleged to have committed to call First Squad detectives at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.
All calls will remain confidential, police said.