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Two charged in break-in at Tiffany jewelry store in Manhasset

The Tiffany & Co. store in Manhasset is

The Tiffany & Co. store in Manhasset is seen here in this Google Maps Stree View still from September 2011. Credit: Google Maps

Two men broke through the roof of the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store in Manhasset and tried to take off with more than $1 million in assorted items in a backpack, authorities said Monday.

The alarm at the Northern Boulevard store went off just before 4:45 a.m. Saturday, and officers who arrived saw one man on the roof, Nassau police said.

They arrested Vitalii Trufanov, 40, then went inside the store, where they arrested Evgenii Zakhapov, 35, as the pair tried to leave the way they came, authorities said.

Store surveillance cameras caught the two stealing, and they also broke several glass display cases as well as paneling, doing more than $1,500 in damage, according to the complaint against them. They took jewelry and watches, police said.

Both were arraigned Sunday on charges of second-degree grand larceny, third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.

Bail for each was set at $2 million. Zakhapov was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases, while Trufanov did not yet have an attorney. Police said neither man had a known address, with Trufanov listed in court papers as homeless in Brooklyn.

The investigation is ongoing and other details were not available, police said. A spokesman for Tiffany was not immediately available Monday night.

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