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Levittown man arrested in string of restaurant, doughnut shop burglaries

Indalecio Zuniga, 43, of Levittown, was arrested on

Indalecio Zuniga, 43, of Levittown, was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in connection with at least a half-dozen Hicksville-area eatery burglaries dating to January 2013, police said. Credit: NCPD

A man wanted in at least a half-dozen Hicksville-area restaurant burglaries dating to January 2013 was arrested near one of the crime scenes by officers who recognized him from a 2-year-old surveillance video, police said.

Nassau County police could not immediately say if they are investigating whether the suspect, identified as Indalecio Zuniga, 43, of Levittown, is linked to at least a half-dozen other similar burglaries in the area dating to Dec. 1, 2012.

However, police acknowledged that four of the half-dozen burglaries that Zuniga has been charged with were previously linked to a series of 10 pattern burglaries at one particular Hicksville Dunkin' Donuts store attributed to a single suspect.

Officers with the Bureau of Special Operations arrested Zuniga on West Marie Street Tuesday and charged him with six counts of third-degree burglary. At arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Zuniga's bail was set at $15,000 bond or $7,500 cash.

Police said the officers were on routine patrol when they recognized Zuniga from an old surveillance video taken from one of the restaurants. The burglaries include two thefts of what police called "food items" from the Choopan Grill, an Afghan restaurant on West Marie Street; and four thefts from a Dunkin' Donuts store a few blocks away on North Broadway, between Jan. 23, 2013, and April 23, 2013.

A Crime Stoppers release issued in April 2013 linked what police described as "a suspect" to 10 separate burglaries at the same Dunkin' Donuts store between Dec. 1, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2013 -- and said the "food products" stolen during those burglaries alone were worth about $15,000.

Some of the burglaries with which Zuniga is charged were included in a news release -- police saying then those 10 burglaries were all linked to a single suspect. Police released a surveillance photo at the time.

It was not immediately clear if that photo -- or the video from which it was taken -- was the same that led officers to identify Zuniga on Tuesday as the suspect.

"These guys were sharp as tacks," a police spokeswoman said Wednesday of the officers who made the arrest. "They saw this guy, they recognized him from old surveillance video. They made the connection. It was really good work."


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