An hourslong search using aerial surveillance and a canine unit on the ground led to the arrest of a Brooklyn man, who was charged with three burglaries this month in North Bellmore and North Merrick, Nassau County police said.
Larry R. Nero, 23, of 1322 Bedford Ave., which is the address of the Bedford-Atlantic Armory Men's Shelter in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section, was arrested in the rear yard of a home on Ray Place in North Bellmore at 5:56 a.m. Thursday after a three-hour search.
He was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, 16 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery device and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
He is scheduled for arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said that First Precinct officers responding to a burglary call on Stratford Court in North Bellmore at 2:36 a.m. Thursday were told that a man had been seen "fleeing on foot" from the rear of a residence there, sparking the search.
A helicopter from the Air Bureau and a canine unit were dispatched to the scene and after what police called "an extensive search," Nero was located and arrested at 5:56 a.m.
After his arrest, police said, Nero was found to be in possession of a key to a Toyota 4-Runner located nearby. Police said the vehicle had previously been reported stolen in New York City. A search of the vehicle uncovered what police described as "numerous forged credit cards," as well as a skimming device. An investigation then linked Nero to two other burglaries: one on June 10 in North Merrick and one last Saturday in North Bellmore.