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Police: Centereach man accused in Long Island burglary spree

William Steifer, 29, of Centereach, was charged Sunday with four counts of second-degree burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to Suffolk County police.
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A Centereach man was arrested Sunday when cops allegedly caught him climbing out of a home they say he burglarized and authorities now suspect he is responsible for at least three other break-ins, police said in a news release.

Suffolk County Police say William Steifer, 29, of Sunset Drive, was caught at 1:25 p.m. Sunday when officers were called to respond to a burglary call on Park Street in Blue Point. According to a police news release, Officer Michael Coyne and off-duty police officer Steven Niggemeier found Steifer climbing out of a back window at the home.

Detectives say he has been linked to several other recent burglaries on Long Island. They say the alleged crimes occurred on Handsome Avenue in Sayville, Tide Court in Oakdale and on Siningwood Lane in Poquot. Steifer is accused of breaking into the homes and taking off with jewelry and electronics.

He was charged Sunday with four counts of second-degree burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said he also had an outstanding parole warrant, though Steifer was not listed in the state’s online parolee database. He was also not listed as having served time in the state prison system. A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision, which oversees both agencies, could not be reached Monday.

Police say they are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information about the alleged crimes to call Fifth Squad detectives at 631-854-8552. Steifer was due to be arraigned Monday morning at First District Court in Central Islip. It was not immediately clear if he had hired an attorney.