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Big Lots in Hicksville burglarized by homeless man, cops say

Mauricio Galo, 57, who police said is homeless,

Mauricio Galo, 57, who police said is homeless, was arrested on Friday, May 20, 2016, and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools in connection with a crime at a Big Lots store in Hicksville on Friday morning, Nassau County police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A homeless man has been charged with burglarizing a Big Lots store in Hicksville on Friday morning, Nassau County police said.

Mauricio Galo, 57, was seen leaving the back of the store at 275 South Broadway shortly after 6 a.m., police said in a news release.

He had a screwdriver that, police said, he used to pry open a back door. Police said they also found a box of screws and a window crank in his backpack that were taken from the store.

Galo was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.

He pleaded not guilty Friday in First District Court in Hempstead and held on bail of $5,000 cash or bond. He was ordered to return for a hearing Tuesday.

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