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Two charged with burglary after car hits Shirley florist shop, police say

A car carrying one or more people believed

A car carrying one or more people believed to be fleeing after a burglary on Sunday, April 12, 2015, smashed into a Shirley florist shop, police said. Credit: John Roca

Two people were arrested and charged with burglary after a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle crashed into a florist shop in Shirley on Sunday, police said Monday.

Police said Seventh Precinct officers responded to a 1:38 p.m. Sunday call of a burglary at a home on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley. A 2006 Chevrolet matching the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with that burglary later crashed into Flowers by Floyd Harbor at 464 William Floyd Pkwy.

There were no injuries, police said. It was not clear when the suspects were arrested or where and police did not release their identities.

James Baguth, co-owner of the flower shop, was in the middle of a consultation with a couple planning a July wedding in the Hamptons when the Chevy came crashing into his store.

"I was sitting with a bride and groom, and all of a sudden a car just came and hit the building," Baguth said, noting he saw the gray vehicle hit the building through a window.

He said four men got out of the vehicle upon impact and took off running. It was not clear Monday if police were still searching for other suspects.

"People were yelling at them to stop," Baguth, 30, said. "I've never seen people run so fast. . . . My groom ran after one of them." Police have not verified Baguth's account.

Baguth said the car struck the corner of the building but didn't breach the structure and caused only minimal damage. He said he called 911 and police arrived "within seconds."

"We were really lucky," Baguth said. "He hit the corner of the building. The whole front of the car is totaled."

As for his clients, he said they weren't fazed by the turn of events: "We were talking about centerpieces. They want something tall with branches."

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