A Lake Grove woman who called 911 to report a break-in was herself arrested, charged with falsely reporting a crime to cover up her own burglary of her landlord's home, Suffolk police said Friday.
Sara Hernandez, 25, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree burglary and several misdemeanors: third-degree falsely reporting an incident, making a punishable false written statement, and three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She also had two warrants, police said.
She called 911 Wednesday to report that a man was breaking into the main portion of her landlord's home on Ebzu Court, where she lives in a rear apartment, police said.
She told patrol officers that the burglar fled in a red vehicle, police said, and a Fourth Precinct detective called to the scene concluded a burglary had occurred.
But when the detective interviewed her, he found discrepancies between the story she told him and the one she told patrol officers, said Det. Sgt. Terence Mawn.
"She recanted portions of her story," Mawn said. "It made the detective, who is seasoned, very suspicious of her story."
He checked her background and found two warrants from 2009, one for petty larceny and the other for possession of stolen property, Mawn said.
After more questioning, her story "fell apart" and she admitted committing the burglary and making up the break-in story, the detective sergeant said. Hernandez stole jewelry, which has been recovered, he said.
Mawn credited the detective in the case: "You don't want to be looking for somebody when the person who did it is right there."
Arraignment information for Hernandez was not immediately available.