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Amityville woman arrested in Nassau home burglaries, cops say

Sonia Villegas, 34, of Amityville, was arrested on

Sonia Villegas, 34, of Amityville, was arrested on June 1, 2016, and charged with five residential burglaries in Nassau County, police said. Credit: NCPD

An Amityville woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglarizing at least five Nassau County homes during a series of break-ins dating to April, police said.

Sonia Villegas, 34, of Overland Avenue, was arrested as she left the Cash 4 Gold pawnshop on Merrick Road in Massapequa about 2:55 p.m., Nassau County police said.

At arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday, bail for Villegas was set at $100,000 cash or bail, which records show had not been posted.

Police said three of the burglaries occurred Wednesday, including one in North Valley Stream in which the homeowner confronted the burglar.

Police said the burglaries involved a home on Birchwood Drive in Westbury on April 7; a home on New York Avenue in Massapequa Park on May 27; and homes on Gates Avenue in Valley Stream, Jasper Street in North Valley Stream and Debra Court in North Merrick — all on Wednesday.

During most of the burglaries, police contend Villegas stole jewelry and cash. In the Jasper Street incident Wednesday, police said Villegas fled empty-handed through a bathroom window after being confronted by the homeowner.

It was not clear what led police to the pawnshop where Villegas was arrested.

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