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Cops: Trio caught after Elmont home invasion

Three Queens men were quickly tracked down and charged in a home invasion and armed robbery Sunday night in Elmont, with officers making the arrests just a few blocks from the crime scene, the police said.

The burglary took place at around 10:40 p.m. Sunday at a home on Opal Street, north of Dutch Broadway. The residents, a woman, 23, and a man, 24, were in their basement when the three suspects, including one with a handgun, entered through an unlocked back door, a Monday news release said.

Two "went into the basement and ordered the victims onto the floor and demanded money, while the third subject remained on the main floor," and the residents complied with the robbers' demands, the police said.

There were no reports of injuries.

The suspects took a large bag from a closet and filled it with Xbox and PlayStation gaming systems, an iPod, cellphones and cash, the police said.

When the three left the home they were spotted by a Nassau police detective as they ran from the driveway and got into a green minivan, police said. "After an investigation police located the defendants at Martha Street and Bauer Avenue and placed them into police custody," and recovered a handgun, the police statement said.

Police identified the suspects as Christopher Johnson, 37, of 119-25 195th St., and Samuel Vita, 22, of 109-72 202nd St., both of St. Albans; and Donnel J. Thompson, 18, of 104-33 214th St., Queens Village.

Each faces charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Arraignment was expected to take place Tuesday at First District Court, Hempstead.

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