A truck driver from Huntington Station charged with 16 commercial burglaries during a five-month spree was tracked down after an extensive data analysis, Suffolk police said Thursday.
Surveillance footage at the stores showed Anthony Myles, 50, and the two vehicles he used, including one registered to him, said Det. Lt. William Burke of the Second Precinct.
Detectives and the precinct's data analyst got lists of registered owners of the two makes of vehicles, pared them down to drivers in Suffolk, then compared photos of the drivers with the burglar on the "perfect" surveillance footage, Burke said.
Myles was arrested in Farmingdale on Wednesday and arraigned Thursday on 16 counts of third-degree burglary, police said.
He was held on bail of $3.2 million bond or $1.6 million cash. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
Police said Myles' smash-and-grab spree started May 9. He primarily targeted mom-and-pop food establishments in Babylon, Huntington and Islip towns, police said.
He usually hit the businesses after midnight, picking stores with glass doors or windows that he could kick in or smash.
Myles usually just stole money from the cash register, but if it was locked, he'd take the register with him, Burke said. In one of the last burglaries, at a Hauppauge deli on Monday, he stole a 40-inch flat-screen TV, police said.
Police said he got as little as $20 from each burglary, but in some cases caused up to $1,000 in damage. "He was just looking for money to buy his drugs," Burke said.
Since 1993, Myles has served prison time for several felonies, including robbery, burglary and attempted burglary, records show.
The alleged burglaries:
In the First Precinct: July 11, Good Taste Chinese Kitchen, 756 N. Wellwood Ave., North Lindenhurst; July 23, New Fortune House Chinese, 187 Bay Shore Rd., Deer Park; Aug. 1, Margie's Flowers, 1977 New Highway, East Farmingdale; Sept. 14, Jade Garden, 297 Bay Shore Rd., Deer Park; Sept. 16, Deer Park Pizza, 753 Long Island Ave., Deer Park.
Second Precinct: May 9, Chef King Kitchen, 2038 New York Ave., Huntington Station; June 4, Critics Choice Deli, 1153 Jericho Tpke., Huntington; July 4, Johnny D's Pizza, 946 New York Ave., Huntington; July 11, Nail Spa, 400 Jericho Tpke., Dix Hills; July 26, Lucky Sushi, 247 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Dix Hills; Aug. 2, Green Cactus Grill, 1273 E. Jericho Tpke., Elwood; Sept. 27, Jackie Kitchen, 334 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station; Oct. 6, Rocco's Deli, 702 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville; Oct. 8, Gourmet Wok, 441 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville.
Third Precinct: Aug. 2, Chi Fish Market, 1750 Fifth Ave., North Bay Shore.
Fourth Precinct: Oct. 6, L&V Deli, 2104 Joshuas Path, Hauppauge.
With John Valenti