Suffolk Police Arrest Keith Keene, 36, for Numerous Vehicle Break-Ins; Recognized from Surveillance Video
August 18, 2014
(Suffolk, LI) Suffolk County Police arrested a man that broke into numerous vehicles in Medford, North Bellport, and East Patchogue in July and August.
On August 13 a vehicle was broken into on Patrician Lane in Medford. The suspect was captured on surveillance video breaking into the car. On Sunday, August 17, 2014, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the victim saw the suspect on Station Road in Bayport and recognized him from the surveillance video. She called out for help and several residents helped detain the suspect until police arrived.
Keith Keene, 36, was charged with 2 counts of Grand Larceny and 5 counts of Petit Larceny. He will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today, Monday, August 18.
Keith Keene, 36, who is homeless, was arrested on a parole warrant. Further investigations by Fifth Squad detectives revealed that Keene was responsible for dozens of car break-ins in which he would ride around on his bicycle looking for unlocked vehicles. In July and August, Keene stole cash, wallets, pocketbooks, jewelry, gift cards and electronics left in the vehicles at the following locations:
Matsunaye Drive in Medford
Patrician Lane in Medford
Meyer Lane in Medford
Travis Road in East Patchogue
Orchard Road in North Bellport
Rustic Avenue in North Bellport
South Village Drive in North Bellport
Tarpon Avenue in North Bellport
The investigation is continuing. Detectives believe he may be responsible for numerous additional larcenies.
Keene was charged with 2 counts of Grand Larceny and 5 counts of Petit Larceny. He will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today, Monday, August 18.
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