Man accused of stealing cop's gun belt back in court next month

A Smithtown man will be back in court next month on charges related to allegations he stole a police gun belt and ammunition from a vehicle used by Suffolk Police Chief James Burke.

Christopher Loeb, 26, appeared briefly before Judge Martin Efman in Riverhead Friday after his attorney and an assistant district attorney met to conference on how both sides would proceed in his case.

Loeb's attorney, Toni Marie Angeli, told the judge that both she and assistant district attorney Spiros Moustakas were going to continue to look into the circumstances surrounding Loeb's arrest. Angeli asked that Loeb's file be marked for medical attention due to anxiety-related issues.


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He is due back in court March 14.

Loeb was indicted on Dec. 28 on 30 counts related to breaking into more than a dozen cars in St. James on Dec. 14. The charges include fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth- and fifth-degree possession of stolen property, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Loeb was arrested later that morning and told Fourth Precinct detectives that he broke into the black GMC Yukon parked in a driveway in the early morning hours and took a bag that contained the belt and gun magazines, according to court records.

Loeb told police that he had been driving around with Gabriel Miguelez, 36, of Lindenhurst, looking for cars to break into.

He said he found a GPS device, a box of cigars and a police gun belt. Suffolk police spokesman Kevin Fallon said Burke's gun was not taken.

Loeb also told police he and Miguelez broke into more cars before heading home with items they took from the vehicles.

Loeb is being held on $500,000 bail. Miguelez, who also was arrested at Loeb's home, faces 22 charges in the same indictment, said his Mineola-based attorney Robert Schalk. Miguelez pleaded not guilty and was released from jail on Jan. 30 after posting $10,000 bond.

The Suffolk County district attorney's office said that a judge set Loeb's bail at $500,000 because of his previous felony convictions, including one in April for third-degree grand larceny.

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