A Tarrytown judge ordered a Yonkers man, with three previous burglary convictions, held without bail Wednesday for allegedly attempting to break into an apartment.
Nathaniel Greenhill, 54, was arrested and charged Tuesday with second-degree burglary after a villagewide search, Tarrytown police said. A state database shows that Greenhill, who lives on Saratoga Avenue, has served three prison terms for burglary.
Greenhill appeared before Justice Kyle McGovern in Tarrytown Village Court Wednesday and was returned to Westchester County Jail to await his next court appearance on Aug. 29.
Greenhill is accused of climbing into the first-floor apartment of a beige, two-story Benedictine Avenue home a shortly after noon on Tuesday. When he realized that a woman was still in the apartment, Greenhill bolted, police said.
Within minutes, officers were out in force, cordoning off an area around the house as they searched the neighborhood.
Neighbor Cheryl Kotar told News12 that she heard commotion, then looked outside her window and saw uniformed officers with dogs following the scent of the would-be burglar. Other neighbors and passersby described seeing police decked in SWAT gear and carrying assault rifles.
"You could see they were really making an effort to catch whoever it was," neighbor Joe Byrne told News12.
Tarrytown Police nabbed Greenhill about 1 p.m. on Broadway, just south of the State Thruway overpass, Lt. William Herguth said.
The unidentified woman who was in the apartment was startled when Greenhill climbed through the window, but she was not hurt, police said.
Herguth said the arresting officers recognized Greenhill as a man they had picked up on a burglary charge in 2002. "Once they stopped him, they knew him," Herguth said.
The New York State Department of Corrections inmate database shows Greenhill served 7 1/2 years on convictions for second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny in the 2002 case.
Previously, he spent five years behind bars on two counts of second-degree burglary convictions, before being released on parole in 2000. Greenhill also served nearly 6 years on convictions for second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny before being released on parole in 1993.
A call to Legal Aid of Westchester County for information on his representation was not immediately returned Wednesday.