A Freeport man suspected of burglarizing three homes and stealing a vehicle from one of them also resisted arrest when police finally tracked him down, authorities said Tuesday.
Fritz Byer, 26, of 98 Harris Ave., faces three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
He was ordered remanded Sunday at his arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead and is due back in court Wednesday.
Nassau County police said Byer's arrest Nov. 30 was a joint effort between police from Garden City and Hempstead, Nassau County's Third Squad and its Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team.
Police said Byer is suspected of burglarizing a home on Washington Avenue in Garden City on Nov. 3, taking a laptop and a woman's purse.
Another Garden City home on Osborne Road was burglarized between Nov. 14 and 18, with the suspect taking coins and a 2013 Honda CR-V.
Police said Byer was seen entering the stolen vehicle on Saturday on Peters Avenue in Hempstead, after a residence on Poplar Street in Garden City was burglarized a day earlier.
When police approached Byer, a struggle ensued and one officer sustained a laceration to his right hand, according to a news release.
Byer was found to be in possession of jewelry from the Poplar Street burglary, and further investigation determined the defendant was responsible for the two other burglaries, police said.
The injured officer, a member of the Garden City force, was treated at a hospital and released, police said.