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Police: Hampton Bays man charged in car break-ins

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A Hampton Bays man was arrested Tuesday night after police said he was spotted rummaging through parked cars and authorities have now tied him to several recent vehicle break-ins, according to a Southampton Town Police news release.

Alexander Thomas, 18, was arrested Dec. 24 and charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property, obstructing governmental administration and drug possession.

Police said they received a 911 call at 10:47 p.m. on Christmas Eve, which reported someone was rummaging through several cars that were parked in their driveway. When one of the residents left the house party to confront the suspect, he allegedly fled from the scene on foot.

Southampton Town cops and canine officers began to search the neighborhood and soon received another call from a different homeowner reporting a man was hiding in their backyard, police said. When police officers spotted Thomas at the home, he fled on foot.

In a news release, cops said after they caught up with him, the initial witness was able to identify Thomas “as the subject who had been searching through the vehicles.”

He was also in possession of “stolen prescription medication, a stolen iPod, cash and marihuana which he also admitted to having stolen out of a vehicle,” police said.

He was formally charged with petit larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, obstructing governmental administration, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Thomas was released on an appearance ticket. Police did not say when he would be due in court to face a judge for arraignment.

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