A seemingly random crime spree that began in Franklin Square Saturday morning with a cement block through an auto repair shop window, ended three hours later in East Rockaway — a Centerport man with a long rap sheet in handcuffs facing burglary and other charges.
Adam Tweedie, 31, of Fort Salonga Road, was charged with numerous felonies after Saturday’s spree, which spanned 6 miles and two police precincts. Nassau police caught Tweedie after officers from the Fourth and Fifth precincts heard radio calls and soon realized they were after the same suspect.
“Now they start making the connection. Now everybody gets involved and they’re canvassing and looking for him everywhere,” a police spokeswoman said Sunday.
Nassau police officers arrested Tweedie on Main Street in East Rockaway at about 10:15 a.m., more than three hours after he had entered the auto repair shop just before 7 a.m., officials said.
Tweedie left the shop without any money and walked a block south, police said, slipping through an open fence and entering Pinnacle Contracting. Again, Tweedie fled empty-handed, police said.
He continued south until he saw a 2014 Nissan Altima parked and unattended with a running engine at 380 Franklin Ave., police said.
“A guy had gotten out of the car to go to a bagel store,” a police spokeswoman said, and “left the car running. People do it every day.”
Tweedie stole the car, police said, and drove southeast to East Rockaway.
At about 7:30 a.m., the car hit a pole and spun into an oncoming vehicle near the intersection of Ocean and Prospect avenues, police said.
Both vehicles sustained damage, but no one was hurt, police said, adding that Tweedie got out and again took off on foot. Tweedie then entered the Minute Man Dry Cleaners on Ocean Avenue, which was open for business.
“He walked in, leaned over the register, and took the money out,” a police spokeswoman said, adding that he fled west to Main Street. Fifth Precinct officers soon arrested Tweedie, still with the stolen Altima keys and cash investigators suspect he took from the dry cleaners, police said.
Tweedie was charged with two counts of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal trespassing and leaving the scene of an accident.
He was arraigned Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead with bail set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash. Tweedie is expected back in court Wednesday.
Tweedie’s lengthy criminal record includes convictions for burglary, petty larceny, possession of burglar tools, attempted burglary, possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license, criminal impersonation, criminal trespass and reckless driving.