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Police: Medford man arrested in break-ins, shooting

Joseph Wilko, 25, of Medford, was charged with

Joseph Wilko, 25, of Medford, was charged with two counts of Burglary 1st Degree, one count of Assault 1st Degree, and one count of Assault 2nd Degree. Photo Credit: SCPD

A Medford man has been charged in connection with two home-invasion burglaries in Suffolk County, one in which police said a resident was shot “multiple times.”

Police said additional suspects are being sought.

Joseph Wilko, 25, was arrested Thursday at his home at 4:22 p.m. and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault, Suffolk County police said.

Wilko pleaded not guilty in First District Court in Central Islip on Friday. Bail was set at $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond.

“He adamantly denies the charges,” defense attorney Anthony Scheller of Central Islip said afterward. He said his client has an alibi, which he declined to disclose.

Police said Wilko was involved in the two incidents — one at a home on Sheep Pasture Road in Port Jefferson on May 15 at 11:50 p.m., the other at an apartment on Kiowa Court in Coram on June 27 at 10:10 p.m. — but did not detail his alleged role in either.

During the June 27 home invasion, police said, a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times. The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said at the time that detectives did not believe the break-in was random.

During the home invasion on May 15, police said three men entered the house, assaulted the homeowner and stole money and a pickup truck. The victim in that case also was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Police have not detailed how the break-ins were linked.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477 or the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652. All calls will remain confidential.

With Lisa Irizarry

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