Notorious South Shore Cat Burglar Sentenced in Suffolk Court
April 5, 2013
Notorious cat burglar sentenced
(Long Island, NY) A prolific cat burglar described by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota as “a one-man crime wave” was sentenced today to five years in state prison by Judge Martin Efman.
Errol D. Barham, 23, of Copiague, was charged with burglarizing homes in Lindenhurst last year. He picked his targets as he roamed residential neighborhoods on his bicycle.
“Barham was a genuine menace to the community. His modus operandi was to enter houses through an unlocked window between midnight and 4 a.m. to steal laptop computers, jewelry, credit cards and cash,” District Attorney Spota said. “The most disturbing aspect of this case is that most of these homes were occupied at the time Barham robbed them in the middle of the night.”
The flurry of break-ins prompted Suffolk County Police to form a task force of police officers and detectives, many of whom worked overnight shifts during the spree. Barham was arrested at 1:30 am on July 4, 2012 as he rode his bicycle casing a North Lindenhurst neighborhood. A patrol Sergeant, seeing a bicyclist on a warm night wearing a heavy sweatshirt with the hood up, stopped the defendant for questioning and discovered Barham possessed burglars’ tools; a razor, screwdrivers, a box cutter and two pairs of gloves.
The district attorney’s office recommended a sentence of 15 years’ incarceration at today’s sentencing.
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