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3rd man charged with stealing luxury cars in Nassau, police say

A third suspect from Queens was arrested and charged with stealing just under a dozen luxury cars from four Nassau County communities over about a four-week period starting in August, Nassau police said Friday.

Audis, Mercedes, BMWs, a Lexus and a Cadillac were stolen in East Hills, Garden City Park, Old Westbury and Syosset by Derby Collaguazo of Elmhurst and two men arrested on Sept. 25 — Jorge Alvarez, 18, and Matthew Garcia, 21, both of Queens, police said.

Alvarez and Garcia were arrested after "assorted merchandise" was stolen from a garage in Woodbury around 3 a.m. Sept. 25, police said. An "extensive investigation," they said, led them to the two men.

All three face multiple counts of grand larceny. Collaguazo was arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead where he was the only suspect who was not charged with burglary.

 Judge Scott Siller set Collaguazo's bail at $75,000, said Miriam Sholder, a spokeswoman for Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas. Collaguazo's next court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, officials said. 

Alvarez and Garcia were arraigned on Sept. 27. An attorney for Alvarez declined to comment. The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, which represents Garcia, was not immediately available.

It was not known if Collaguazo was represented by counsel.

With Antonio Planas

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