Raymond Gonzalez, 35, of Ozone Park, was arraigned Jan. 11 on a third-degree grand larceny charge at First District Court in Hempstead and released without bail.
Police said Gonzalez was working at a home on Ridge Drive East around 1 p.m., when he allegedly went into the master bedroom and removed a box that contained jewelry and cash. A police spokesman said investigators believe Gonzalez gained access to the bedroom after asking to use the bathroom in the house.
He was arrested about an hour after the alleged theft at the Thomas Curley Plumbing Company office in Great Neck. The company’s vice president, John Curley, said he fired Gonzalez just “minutes after” the customer called to report the alleged theft.
Curley said he was cooperating with investigators and vowed to fully repay the customer for their loss, in what he described as an “unfortunate incident.” He also said it is the first time in nearly 50 years that the local company has experienced such an incident.
Gonzalez is due to appear back in court on Tuesday.