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Cops: 5 teens arrested in spree of car break-ins at Central Islip LIRR station lot

Jose Mendoza and Gerardo Ramirez Perez, both of

Jose Mendoza and Gerardo Ramirez Perez, both of Central Islip, are two of five teens charged with criminal mischief and petty larceny after a string of break-ins at the Central Islip LIRR station parking lot, Suffolk police say. Credit: SCPD

Five teens broke into cars parked at a Long Island Rail Road lot in Central Islip during a two-week span, stealing items from some and damaging others with a BB gun, Suffolk County police said.

Jose Mendoza, 18, of 336 Half Mile Rd., and Gerardo Ramirez Perez, 17, 235 Calebs Path, both in Central Islip, are scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of criminal mischief and petty larceny.

Three teenagers whose names are being withheld because of their ages also are being charged with criminal mischief, police said.

The five were arrested early Sunday, police said, when Third Precinct officers responded to the lot at Suffolk Avenue at about 3:20 a.m. after receiving an anonymous 911 call reporting car break-ins.

Police also said a BB gun was recovered; it had been used by the suspects to break windows in some of the targeted cars.

Further investigation determined the suspects were responsible for damaging about 15 cars and stealing items from the vehicles in the same railroad parking lot since May 24, police said in a news release.

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