A New Jersey woman was arrested Wednesday on burglary, grand larceny and criminal mischief charges after police allege she is responsible for targeting Nassau County residents during a burglary spree this week, authorities said.
Cathleen Toomey, 29, of Gloucester City, is awaiting arraignment Oct. 10 at Nassau First District Court in Hempstead. She faces charges of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.
Police said Toomey and another suspect, who has not yet been captured, forced open the back door of a home on Nelson Street in Farmingdale on Oct. 5. Inside the house, Toomey allegedly stole a 52-inch television, a laptop computer, iPad, camera and assorted jewelry. Authorities said the homeowner noticed Toomey and her partner driving away from the house and notified police after finding the house ransacked.
The next day, according to police, Toomey and her boyfriend, Nicholas Montorano, allegedly broke into a car in the parking lot of LA Fitness on Marcus Avenue in North New Hyde Park. The duo reportedly stole a pocketbook and tote bag from the vehicle. Montorano has not yet been charged for that crime, a police spokesperson said.
On the evening of Oct. 8, Toomey and a suspect who has not yet been apprehended, allegedly stole a pocketbook from a car in the parking lot of Planet Fitness on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. About an hour later, the two allegedly broke into another car in the lot of the New York Sports Club in East Meadow and stole another woman’s purse.
Toomey and Montorano were arrested by US Marshals on Wednesday in New Jersey. Nassau Police said Montorano was arrested on separate charges in New Jersey and was being held there for processing. Nassau detectives brought Toomey back to Long Island on Wednesday and charged her for the burglary spree.