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Car-tow mix-up leads to four Brentwood arrests

Four men intending to rob a drug dealer

Four men intending to rob a drug dealer instead ended up under arrest after Glenn Griffen, left, tried to get into the wrong car Wednesday night in Brentwood, police said. The three other men were identified, from left, as Cedric Gordon, James Taylor and Norris Manago (Jan. 7, 2010) Photo Credit: SCPD

Four men intending to rob a drug dealer instead ended up being arrested after one of them mistook a bystander's sport utility vehicle for one of their vehicles, police said Thursday.

The four were caught, Suffolk County police said, after Glenn Griffen attempted to open the door of a disabled vehicle in the parking lot of a Pathmark on Wicks Road in Brentwood on Wednesday.

Police said Griffen then argued with a woman whose son owned the Ford Explorer SUV, telling her he had a gun.

Third Precinct officers apprehended the four men, two after a short foot pursuit, police said.

Arrested were Griffen, 43, of 9 Spruce St., Bay Shore; Norris Manago, 39, of 194 Fulton St., North Babylon; Cedric Gordon, 39, of 18 Croley St., Huntington; and James Taylor, 40, of 165 Tell Ave., Deer Park.

State records show each has served prison time for felonies.

Police said they recovered a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, a 9-mm Tec-9 and a .44-caliber Magnum - all loaded. Detectives also recovered a stun gun, gloves, duct tape, wool caps with cutout eye holes and a bulletproof vest.

Police said they "determined the men had intended to rob a drug dealer."

Griffen and Manago were each charged with two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon, police said.

Gordon was charged with three counts of second-degree possession of a weapon, while Taylor was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon, one count of third-degree possession of a weapon and with the unlawful wearing of a body vest.

With Matthew Chayes

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