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Cops: Officers tracked footprints to Nassau burglary suspects

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Two brothers from Massapequa Park found themselves behind bars Monday after cops said officers followed footprints in the snow from a burglary scene to their home, Nassau County police said March 4.

Authorities said a 4:30 a.m. burglary alarm sent police to “Park Stationary & Smoke” at 1048 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park. When patrol officers arrived, they found the back door of the shop and open and spotted “a fresh set of footprints in the snow that led away from the business,” a police news release said.

The officers followed the footprints to a home on First Avenue in Massapequa Park and were monitoring the home from a distance when they spotted two men – 23-year-old John Wallace and his brother, 23-year-old Eugene Wallace – walk out of the house.

Police said the officers conducted a “field stop” and found scratch-off lottery tickets while searching Eugene Wallace. The lottery tickets, authorities said, were stolen during the stationery store burglary.

Detectives said the brothers were also responsible for four other burglaries in Nassau County, including a Feb. 18 burglary at The Barn on Merrick Road in Merrick; a Feb. 22 burglary at The Barn on Broadway in Hewlett; a Feb. 26 burglary at The Barn on Atlantic Avenue in Freeport; and a March 3 burglary at The Barn on Bellmore Avenue in North Bellmore.

Eugene Wallace was charged with five counts of third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. A judge set his bail at $52,500 after his arraignment Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead. His brother, John Wallace, was charged with four counts of third-degree burglary and was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail or bond.

Both men are due back in court on March 6.