A Huntington man who police said was found in a car in which there was a loaded handgun has been arrested in connection with seven burglaries in Nassau County.
Charles Stewart, 30, of Lowndes Avenue, wascharged with seven counts of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and assault with intent to cause physical injury to an officer or firefighter after his Saturday arrest.
A Nassau County police officer was injured during a foot pursuit of the suspect and sustained scrapes and shoulder pain. No other injuries were reported.
According to Nassau County police detectives, Stewart was arrested Saturday after someone saw him running from a yard on Bellaire Street in Wantagh shortly before 5 a.m.
Police said Seventh Precinct officers found Stewart nearby in a minivan being driven by Diana Maben, 43, of East Second Street, Huntington, but when officers stopped the pair and attempted to question them, Stewart fled on foot. The officers caught up to him and also arrested Maben, and said a loaded handgun was recovered in the car.
Maben is charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Stewart was arraigned Sunday in First District Court, Hempstead and remained jailed on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail. He is expected back in court Wednesday. Court information for Maben was not available Sunday.
Police gave these accounts of other crimes they say Stewart was involved in:
- On June 24 about 9 p.m., police said Stewart entered a home on Beech Street in Wantagh through a window while the residents were asleep. He removed jewelry, a wallet and car keys from the home and then stole the car, which was parked in the driveway. The victim’s vehicle was recovered July 4 by Nassau County police.
- On May 23 sometime after 11:30 p.m., police said Stewart entered a residence on Pompano Lane in Massapequa through a sliding-glass door while the residents were asleep and removed a pocketbook and car keys. The defendant took the homeowner’s car, which was parked in the driveway, police said. The vehicle was recovered June 6 by Suffolk County police.
- On Monday, May 2 at 4:30 a.m., police said Stewart entered a residence on Southern Parkway in Plainview by using a garage-door opener that was inside the victim’s unlocked vehicle. While inside the home, Stewart was unable to find any valuable property and fled, police said.
- On the same day, about a half-hour later, police said Stewart entered a residence on Stauber Drive in Plainview through an open garage door and while inside removed a safe and a hoverboard.
- On May 4 about 3 a.m., police said Stewart entered a residence on Audrey Avenue in Plainview by using a garage-door opener that was inside the victim’s unlocked vehicle. While inside, the homeowner awoke and Stewart fled, police said.
- On May 9 about 4:30 a.m., police said Stewart entered a residence on Market Drive in Syosset, again by using a garage-door opener inside the victim’s unlocked vehicle. While inside, he removed a wallet containing cash and a hoverboard, police said.
- On the day after Christmas in 2014, police said about 1:30 a.m. Stewart entered a residence on Pine Drive in Woodbury through an open garage door. Police said while inside, he removed a Coach handbag and two sets of Galaxy lights.