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Cops: Suspect in burglary fished out of Freeport canal

Nikolas Balalaos, 26, of Freeport, was arrested on

Nikolas Balalaos, 26, of Freeport, was arrested on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in connection with a burglary at DQ Sports Bar on Atlantic Avenue in Freeport in April, police said. Credit: NCPD

A Freeport man suspected in a bar burglary tried to swim his way out of arrest Saturday, only to be caught by detectives who got a lift from a cooperative boater, police said.

Nassau County police said they arrested Nikolas Balalaos, 26, who ran off on foot and then jumped into a canal between Anchor Street and Dock Drive in Freeport at about 11:50 a.m.

Balalaos was walking near Atlantic and Westend avenues when First Squad detectives working on an unrelated case recognized him as a suspect in a burglary at DQ Sports Bar, 382 Atlantic Ave., on April 11, police said.

When detectives attempted to stop him, Balalaos fled, "initiating a foot pursuit," police said."

Police found him swimming in the canal, south toward Baldwin Bay. A boat owner offered detectives a lift, and they arrested Balalaos in the rear of a home on Eastern Boulevard without incident.

No injuries were reported.

Balalaos, also of 382 Atlantic Ave. -- police said he lived upstairs from the bar he allegedly burglarized -- was arraigned Sunday on a charge of third-degree robbery. He is being held on bail of $20,000 cash, $10,000 bond and is due to back at First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday.

Police also said he had an open warrant in Nassau County for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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