A Suffolk County man with a history of burglary convictions was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for breaking into a home in Bellport and stealing cash earlier this year, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

Arnaldo Marcano, 42, of Bellport, had previously spent nearly 17 years in prison on a burglary conviction before he was caught again burglarizing a home in February, prosecutors said.

“Recidivist offenders such as this defendant pose a serious risk to the safety of our communities,” Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said. “Everyone deserves a second chance, but I will not allow the same individuals to continuously commit crimes in Suffolk County and just get a slap on the wrist. We will hold you accountable and seek substantial prison sentences.”

Prosecutors said Marcano broke a window of a home in Bellport shortly after midnight on Feb. 24 and stole money before fleeing on foot. He was spotted walking down the street a short time later by Suffolk Police Officers Edward Spillett and Matthew Spilotros of the Fifth Precinct, who recognized him from the description given by neighbors, according to the news release.

Court records show Marcano pleaded guilty at his arraignment before Suffolk Supreme Court Justice John Collins May 4. He was sentenced by Collins Wednesday.

New York State parole records show Marcano was still on parole at the time he was arrested Feb. 24. He had been released from Sing Sing on Sept. 23, 2021, after serving 17 years of a 19-year sentence for multiple burglaries. His parole was set to expire in September 2025, according to New York State Department of Corrections records.

Marcano also was convicted of attempted burglary in 2000, prosecutors said. His court-appointed attorney, Jason Bassett of Central Islip, could not be immediately reach for comment.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Pamela Bloomfield of the Major Crime Bureau, with investigative assistance from Suffolk County Police Department Detectives Tracey Barry and John McGay.

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