A Sayville woman home with two young children, was roused from her bed Tuesday night to find a teenage burglar in her home who made off with $150 in cash and liquor before a Suffolk patrol officer arrested the suspect, police said.
The woman was in bed about 9:40 p.m. with her 2-year-old child and had her 5-year-old in another room, when she noticed the burglar — a neighbor — was in her home on Kemi Lane and she called 911, police said Wednesday.
“She realized someone was in the house, which we can all imagine is a very scary feeling to have,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini. “She got out of the bed and fortunately the perpetrator took off, running out of the same way in which he entered, which was an unlocked basement door.”
A Fifth Precinct officer who responded to the scene saw the suspect, identified by police as Justin Butler, 17, of Pearl Court in Sayville, on the property of the nearby Sayville Middle School, police said.
He was arrested on a charge of second-degree burglary and the proceeds of the burglary — about $150 in cash and liquor — were found on him, police said. Butler does not have a prior criminal record, police said.
It’s unclear whether Butler knew the victim, police said.