Family: Child needs medications stolen in West Sayville

Stacey Antos, with her 8-year-old son, Eric, explain

Stacey Antos, with her 8-year-old son, Eric, explain their ordeal at their West Sayville home. The family's home was burglarized last week, and the thieves also robbed medication for Eric, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. (Sept. 16, 2010) (Credit: James Carbone)

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A West Sayville family is asking for the return of medications for their 8-year-old son that were taken in a home burglary earlier this week.

Suffolk police said cash, jewelry and $2,000 worth of medications were taken Tuesday from the family's Joni Drive house.

Stacey Antos said she returned from a doctor's appointment Tuesday to find the home ransacked. Besides the jewelry and cash and medications missing, donated wine and other items that were to be raffled at two upcoming fundraisers for her son Eric were strewn about the living room, she said.

"I guess they took the pills and thought they figure out later if they could take them or sell them," said Antos, 36.

Eric Antos, a third-grader at Cherry Avenue Elementary School, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis last November. The genetically based disease causes mucus in the body to become thick, causing potentially dangerous lung infections and other problems.

Several bottles of steroids and antibiotics and two inhalers, were taken from a bin in a bedroom, Antos said. A box of a liquid cystic fibrosis medicine was missing from the refrigerator.

"That was about two thousand dollars right there," Antos said. One of Eric's doctors at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park replaced much of that medication Thursday, but Antos said the family did not yet know how they would replace the others.

"Eric has a staph infection this week and not having that medication hasn't helped," she said.

No one was home during the daytime break-in, said Suffolk police, who suspect the intruders jumped a fence and came through an unlocked rear window. No arrests have been made.

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