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Suffolk police investigate string of break-ins, attempted burglaries in Yaphank

Suffolk County police said Tuesday they are investigating whether a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Yaphank are related.

Between Aug. 12 and Monday morning burglars broke into three residences and attempted to enter five others, a police spokeswoman said.

In one instance, on Aug. 14, a burglar broke into Charles Muller's Jefferson Commons residence, taking a cellphone, $5 and a bottle of maple syrup and some brownies from his refrigerator, police said. "It's scary," Muller told News 12 Long Island.

He had been asleep in his living room, just a few feet from a kitchen window that the burglar used to get inside.

"I woke up around 7 o'clock in the morning, and I went to the back kitchen, which is about 10 feet away. And I noticed my window was open," Muller said.

A neighbor said he was burglarized, too; a thief made off with $200 in cash.

Police said the burglaries or attempted burglaries happened in three neighborhoods less than a mile from one another with condominiums and attached homes -- Jefferson Commons, Rutledge Commons and Huntington Commons.

The other successful burglary was overnight between Aug. 13 and 14 when a thief entered through an unlocked window to steal cash and an iPhone, police said.

Three of the five attempts came Sunday into Monday, when window screens were cut in Huntington Commons and Jefferson Commons, police said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All information will be kept confidential.

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