Cops: Wyandanch man charged in Sandy-related burglary spree
A Wyandanch man burglarized a home and two businesses that were without power because of superstorm Sandy, Suffolk County police said Wednesday.
Antron McCloud, 21, was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree burglary after breaking into a residence on North 20th Street Sunday in Wyandanch, police said.
The arrest comes after residents of Suffolk's South Shore reported an upswing in stealing in the days after the storm.
Insp. Gerard Gigante, commanding officer of the First Precinct, noted a spike in crime by what he called opportunistic people during the first two nights after Sandy.
Gigante said he has since stepped up patrols in the precinct, with 18 state police officers assisting.
McCloud also was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary for break-ins at a Getty gas station on Straight Path and at Wyandanch Drugs at 323 Merritt Ave., both in Wyandanch, police said. Both break-ins came on Tuesday, Oct. 30, a day after Sandy struck Long Island, police said.
McCloud, of 28 N. 16th St., also was charged in four burglaries of commercial buildings that occurred before the storm, police said. Those burglaries were in Copiague, North Babylon, Farmingdale and Wyandanch, police said.
McCloud is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.
Police said an investigation into the burglaries is continuing. Anyone with information can call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.
With Tania Lopez