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Thanksgiving burglary case

Joseph Manginello, 25, of 56 Odin Rd., Rocky

Joseph Manginello, 25, of 56 Odin Rd., Rocky Point, was charged with burglary, grand larceny and attempted burglary in connection with a Nov. 25 incident on Violet Road in Rocky Point. (Nov. 27, 2010) Photo Credit: SCPD/

A Rocky Point man charged with participating in a string of burglaries in his neighborhood pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday in Suffolk County Court.

Joseph Manginello, 25, of 56 Odin Rd., a union construction worker, is one of three people charged with breaking into four Rocky Point homes on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day and the following morning.

State Supreme Court Justice C. Randall Hinrichs unsealed a grand jury indictment Thursday charging Manginello with three counts of second-degree burglary and one count each of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree attempted burglary.

Also charged in the indictment were Damien Beeker, 26, of Ronkonkoma, and Michael Diebel, 18, of Rocky Point. They previously pleaded not guilty to burglary charges in First District Court in Central Islip.

Manginello was ordered held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum 5 years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Ian Fitzgerald said in court.

He is due back in court Jan. 12.

Beeker is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Friday. Diebel is to be arraigned Dec. 17.

Prosecutors said the three stole jewelry, beer, wine and about $4,500 worth of power tools from four homes.

A resident of another home near Westchester Drive was awakened when he heard breaking glass at about 4:45 a.m. on Nov. 26 and found two men on his back porch, prosecutors said. The men fled and were later caught by police, prosecutors said.

The third suspect was found waiting in a car nearby, prosecutors said.

The suspects were found with items stolen in the earlier burglaries, prosecutors said.

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