A Florida man is accused of breaking into a car and using the garage door opener to gain access to a Lynbrook home, and stealing a car from another house, police said.
Nassau County police said Jordan Whitfield, 24, of Lakeland, Florida, was arrested Wednesday following an investigation. He was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
Police said Whitfield ransacked a car parked in the driveway of a home on South Williams Street in Lynbrook shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday, removing a garage door opener and using it to gain access to the garage and then the home.
He was confronted in a hallway by the homeowner, who police said awakened when he heard the garage door open.
The homeowner chased Whitfield from the home before anything was stolen, police said.
A subsequent investigation by Fifth Precinct detectives revealed that Whitfield allegedly also stole a car Monday from a home on Kent Drive in Hewlett, police said.
Whitfield was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead. Bail was set at $110,000 bond or $55,000 cash, which Whitfield did not post, according to court records.
With Laura Blasey