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Cops: Off-duty Nassau police lieutenant helps foil burglary

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An off-duty Nassau County police lieutenant is being credited with arresting a Hempstead man who was allegedly caught in the act trying to break into a home in North Bellmore, Nassau County police said Thursday.

Carlos Parada-Hernandez, 45, was charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglar’s tools. He was arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead and was ordered held on $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond.

Police said Det. Lt. John Azzata was off-duty Tuesday morning when he spotted Parada-Hernandez “acting suspiciously” around 9:30 a.m. near a home on Metropolitan Avenue in North Bellmore.

Parada-Hernandez, police said, attempted to break into the home through a side door before Azzata, the department’s chief homicide investigator, confronted him. Authorities said the screen doors of the home had been pried open.

Police later found Parada-Hernandez was in possession of burglar’s tools, a news release said. He was arrested without incident.