Two men are behind bars and police are now seeking two more after they allegedly broke into a home Monday night at gunpoint and beat the homeowner while demanding his valuables, Glen Cove police said Tuesday.
Authorities said a man was watching television at his home on Coles Street around 9:45 p.m. Monday evening when four men allegedly entered the house. Two of the men – armed with handguns – demanded cash before pistol-whipping the victim in the head, cops said. The unidentified male victim was left with cuts and bruises on his head and face.
When Glen Cove police officers arrived to the scene, an investigation led them to suspect at least one of the men wanted for the armed home invasion was inside a house on nearby Carpenter Street. Police established a perimeter around the home until officers from the Nassau County Bureau of Special Operations arrived to the scene. After several hours, police learned the suspect was not in the house and started to track other suspects in the case.
Later Tuesday morning, police caught up with two other teenage suspects. Those teens, Nicholas Bollar, 17, and Gregory Czaplichi, 18, both of Glen Cove, were each arrested and charged with first-degree burglary. They were both being held in police custody pending arraignment.
Investigators said Tuesday they believe the victim was “specifically targeted.” In a news release, police said investigators suspect at least one of the defendants knew the victim. A search is still underway to locate the other two suspects, who remain at large Tuesday evening.
Police activity in the area caused the Landing School in Glen Cove to have a delayed start of about three hours Tuesday, police said. A school district spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Glen Cove Police at 516-676-1000.