Two teens are facing petty larceny charges in the theft of packages from the front of nine homes in Bayport and Sayville on Tuesday, Suffolk County police said Wednesday.
The thefts were a spur-of-the-moment spree that the two planned when they were eating breakfast in their car and noticed a package being delivered to a house, police said.
A Fifth Precinct police officer responding to multiple reports of delivered packages being stolen saw a Chrysler Sebring matching the description of a vehicle used in the thefts about 2:15 p.m., according to a news release. Officer Michael Ferrara found the car on Montauk Highway in Blue Point with "multiple packages that had been taken from the homes" inside the vehicle, police said.
Ferrara arrested the car's two occupants, Aaron Diaz, 18, and Alex Cintorrino, 16, on nine counts each of petty larceny, police said. Also, Diaz had a switchblade knife and was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
Diaz, of 53 Clinton Ave., East Patchogue, and Cintorrino, of 55 Whippoorwill Lane, Patchogue, were arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.
Bail for each was set at $9,000 cash or $18,000 bond. Cintorrino's attorney could not be immediately reached evening; Diaz was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.
According to the court complaint, Diaz told police that he was the driver: "I was driving when we would stop at houses with packages and Alex would run up and grab the package and bring it back to the car."
Police ask those who believe they may have been a victim to call the Fifth Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8532.