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Cops: Man charged in burglary spree across 6 Nassau communities

Nassau County police have charged a Westbury man with 19 burglaries of restaurants and shops during the past year.

Michael Matthews, 58, of Corporate Drive, was charged with smashing glass doors at 19 storefronts and stealing cash from businesses in six Nassau County communities between March 15 and Feb. 21, police said.

The burglary spree started March 15 at Pizza Cucina in Westbury. The next burglary occurred at Gloria’s Restaurant and Bakery in August, followed by September burglaries at The Potato Field, also in Westbury, and at Kisoro Asian Fusion and Sushi in Carle Place, police said.

Matthews is suspected of burglarizing three businesses in October — The Butcher Place and the 99 Cent Mall, both in Carle Place, and the Health Nut in Westbury, police said.

Ace Handicraft in West Hempstead was the only burglary in November. Old Country Wine and Liquor in Carle Place was burglarized Dec. 10 and Real Taste Bakery in Hempstead was burglarized the day after Christmas.

Four businesses were burglarized within nine days in January — El Mofongo and Brother Robinson Genesis Soul Food in Hempstead, Soup Exchange in Garden City and Salone Gino in Westbury, according to police.

Matthews is charged with burglarizing the final five businesses in February, including Bonaventure Tuxedo and 2nd Street Gourmet Deli and Catering on the same day, Feb. 15, in Mineola, as well as scuba Network in Carle Place, Tres Reyes Deli in Westbury and the final burglary, on Feb. 21, at the Sandwich Shop in Westbury.

Police arrested Matthews Friday afternoon at his home after detectives followed the burglary spree. He was charged with six counts of third-degree burglary,

He was arraigned Saturday morning in First District Court in Hempstead, where bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash. He is scheduled to return to court Tuesday for his next hearing.

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