A Woodmere man was arrested Tuesday after he was allegedly caught red handed burglarizing a Hewlett home and then returned all the items to the homeowner before fleeing the scene, Nassau County police said.
Torrey Wells, 24, was arraigned Oct. 9 at First District Court in Hempstead. He was ordered held on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.
Police said Wells was charged in connection with a Tuesday morning burglary at a home on Seawane Drive in Hewlett Harbor. In a report of the incident, officials said the 50-year-old homeowner had returned to his house at 9:43 a.m. and noticed a green Toyota Camry parked in front of the residence with the his guitar, guitar book, chess set and marionette inside.
When the victim entered his home, he allegedly found Wells rummaging the house. After being confronted by the victim, police said, Wells went back to his car, removed all of the stolen items and left them on the sidewalk before fleeing the scene.
Cops caught up with him a short time later after finding his car at Broadway and Franklin Avenue. Police impounded the vehicle after determining that it was unregistered and uninsured.
He was charged with third-degree burglary, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle and having an obscured license plate.
He is due back in court on Friday.