Police: International burglary ring targeting homes on Long Island

Police say an international burglary ring is targeting homes on Long Island, and police are warning homeowners to remain vigilant.

Police are still on the search for those responsible for breaking into and robbing a home in Hewlett Harbor.

The family did not want to go on camera but told CBS2’s John Dias they were not home but on vacation in Italy, which they had to cut short when they got the call from their alarm company. The homeowner says the thieves got away with a safe full of jewelry and family heirlooms.

The Nassau County police commissioner says it was done by an organized crew out of Chile. “They’re coming under tourist visas,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder. “They fly them in here, they stay for a two-week period, they commit havoc in our communities, and then they get back on plane and they fly back to Chile.”

In January, three people were arrested in connection to numerous home burglaries in Nassau County. Police say the new suspects are part of the same burglary organization. “When they go back, they educate each other on what’s going on,” said Ryder. “They tell them the areas to go.”

The commissioner says the group targets higher-end homes on both the north and south shores. Over the last few weeks, they’re believed to have hit homes in Sands Point, Brookville, Great Neck and Woodsburgh.

Homeowners are warned to keep lights on when away and install doorbells that have cameras on them.

“They’re watching you in your community, so you need to be watching them,” said Ryder.

Police believe the burglary gang also operates in Florida and California, so police on Long Island are working with federal partners to catch them. (Source: newyork.cbslocal.com)

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