Police accuse 2 of multiple Patchogue burglaries

Philip Mazzola, 21, of Patchogue, and Richard Crane, Philip Mazzola, 21, of Patchogue, and Richard Crane, 21, of Bellport, have been arrested in connection with an attempted break-in at two East Patchogue homes, police said. (Jan. 24, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

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Suffolk County police said they have arrested two men who attempted to break into a pair of East Patchogue homes Thursday afternoon and were responsible for a string of area break-ins in the last month.

Police received 911 calls from neighbors reporting that a suspicious man was in the backyard of a home on Corbin Ave. about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Suffolk Police Officers Martin Gill and Stephen Lukas stopped a Nissan Altima that matched the description of a car that was seen on Corbin Avenue around the time of the 911 calls, police said.

Gill arrested Philip Mazzola, 21, of 16 Hollow Oak Dr., Patchogue, the driver of the Altima, police said. Lukas arrested Richard Crane, 21, of 30 Carver Blvd., Bellport, who was walking around the neighborhood, about one block away from Corbin Avenue, police said.

Police also allege Mazzola and Crane were responsible for another attempted burglary earlier Thursday on Shady Tree Lane in East Patchogue and committed three other burglaries — one incident on Dec. 20 on North Summit Street in Patchogue and two other incidents on January 8 on Knot Street and Denise Drive in East Patchogue.

Both men were charged with three counts of second degree burglary and two counts of second degree attempted burglary.

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They are expected to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Friday.

Police said they believe the two men knocked on doors in the neighborhood looking for unoccupied homes and might be responsible for other burglaries that took place in the area in the last month.

Police are asking anyone with information to call anonymously to Crimes Stopper at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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