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Pennsylvania man arrested in Long Island burglaries

Christian Garcia, 41, of Kempton, Pa., was arrested

Christian Garcia, 41, of Kempton, Pa., was arrested shortly after a midday burglary in Hicksville on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, police said. Garcia was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, assault, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon, among other crimes, they said. Credit: NCPD

A Pennsylvania man arrested shortly after a midday Wednesday burglary in Hicksville was linked to at least two other burglary incidents in Nassau County dating to May, police said.

Nassau County police said Thursday an investigation linked Christian Garcia, 41, not only to the burglary at the home on Boblee Lane on Wednesday, but tied him to a burglary on Westmoreland Road in Jericho on Sept. 16 and to an attempted burglary on Rising Lane in Hicksville on May 1.

During the May 1 incident, police said, Garcia was confronted by a witness who he then struck in the face and pushed to the ground. It was not clear if the witness was injured.

Police said that on Wednesday, Garcia entered the Boblee Lane home by breaking a rear window, then stole "assorted jewelry" before fleeing in a white 1997 Ford Ranger.

Garcia, of 9910 Kistler Valley Rd., Kempton, was arrested a short time later by Bureau of Special Operations officers, police said.

Police said jewelry and cash had been stolen during the Sept. 16 burglary, although nothing was taken May 1, when Garcia was confronted by the witness.

Marijuana, metal knuckles, jewelry and burglar tools were recovered from the Ford during the arrest, police said.

Garcia was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree attempted burglary, third-degree assault, unlawful possession of marijuana, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglar tools and operating a motor vehicle with improper plates. He was arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead. Bail was set at $50,000. An order of protection was issued against him.

With Ellen Yan

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