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Freeport man charged in string of Garden City home burglaries

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A Freeport man was arraigned Sunday and charged in connection with a string of home burglaries in Garden City after cops tracked down a car he allegedly stole from one of the homes, Nassau County police said Tuesday.

Fritz Byer, 26, of 98 Harris Ave., was arraigned Dec. 1 at First District Court in Hempstead on three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Detectives said Byer broke through a first floor window at a home on Washington Avenue in Garden City on Nov. 3 and stole a woman’s purse and a laptop computer.

Police allege he is also responsible for a burglary that occurred between Nov. 14 and Nov. 18 on Osborne Road in Garden City. During that heist, cops said, he lifted coins from inside the house and drove off in the homeowner’s 2013 Honda CRV.

Later in the month, Byer allegedly broke through the window of a side door and climbed into a home on Poplar Street in Garden City. Cops said he grabbed an assortment of jewelry while pilfering through the house on Nov. 29.

Cops tracked the SUV – stolen from the Osborne Road robbery – to Peters Avenue in Hempstead. Nassau County detectives and Hempstead Village Police watched as Byer entered the car and approached him to place him under arrest. At the time of his arrest, police said Byer was found in possession of jewelry stolen from the Poplar Street home.

Authorities said Byer struggled with police as they attempted to arrest him and caused an officer to sustain a hand injury. In a news release, police said the officer had been treated and released form an area hospital.

Members of the Nassau County Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team also assisted in the arrest, police said.

Byer was ordered held without bail and is due back in court on Wednesday.

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