Two Nassau men were arrested in connection with a burglary in Merrick on Saturday night, and an officer was injured in a struggle with one of the suspects, authorities said.
Pedro Serrano, 26, of Uniondale, and Pedro P. Barriga, 21, of East Meadow, were also charged with burglary for two crimes in Levittown in December, Nassau County police said in a news release.
A Merrick man, 59, called police around 11:45 p.m. after he saw a 2006 Toyota parked in front of his house and two unknown men walking to and from his neighbor’s home on Ott Lane, police said. The caller knew his neighbor was not home and saw the home’s side gate and window open.
First Precinct officers found Serrano sitting in the driver’s seat of the Toyota, police said. Barriga was seen running east on Jerusalem Avenue and was arrested after a foot pursuit and struggle.
Officers recovered jewelry, a cellphone and an iPod, police said. One officer suffered a concussion after he hit his head on the ground during the struggle with Barriga. He was taken to a hospital.
Both men are charged with three counts of second-degree burglary and possession of burglar’s tools, police said. Barriga is also charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
They were arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday. Serrano was held on $25,000 bond and $25,000 cash bail. Barriga was held on $50,000 bond and $50,000 cash bail.
Both are due back in court on Wednesday, according to online court records.