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Three charged with vehicle break-ins, Nassau police say

Three people broke into vehicles in Wantagh and were arraigned Tuesday on charges of stealing, Nassau police said.

The suspects, two men and a 16-year-old boy, were arrested after a caller reported suspicious activity about 2:25 a.m. Monday by the occupants of a white sport utility vehicle near Douglas Avenue and Whitehall Lane, police said.

Officers stopped two males who were walking and matched the suspects' descriptions and discovered that several vehicles in the area and been broken into, police said. The suspects had some of the items stolen from the vehicles, authorities said, and investigators learned that the white SUV had been reported stolen.

A third suspect was located hiding in another vehicle, police said, who added that he also had various items taken during the vehicle break-ins.

Other details of the case were not released.

Joshua Bonilla, 21, of 14th Street in Union City, New Jersey, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of third-degree grand larceny, petty larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was held on a bail of $3,000 bond or $1,500 cash. He was represented by The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, which has a policy of not commenting in the arraignment stage of a case. 

Anthony Pierre, 21, of Jerome Street in Brooklyn, was charged with petty larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property. He was arraigned Tuesday and held on a bail of $1,000 bond or $500 cash. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

The teenager was charged with petty larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle, authorities said. Police did not release his name because he is being treated as a juvenile and has been scheduled to appear in Family Courty.

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