An Afghanistan war veteran had settled in a new Glen Cove home he’d purchased on July 7th after returning home in April.
But soon, the Harwood Drive home he’d purchased with his wife was burglarized twice, on July 29th and August 1st. Within a week, cops identified and arrested a suspect, according to Det. Lt. John Nagle of the Glen Cove Police Department.
Michael Petikas, 31 of Floral Park has been charged with two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree, said Nagle. Petikas was arraigned earlier today in Hempstead.
The investigation began when Det. Brian Glennon began working to identify a possible suspect and, with the help of the Nassau County Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit “he discovered that this suspect had sold some of the stolen items from the burglary in Freeport and Greenvale”, Nagle explained.
Glen Cove Police then responded to the locations and recovered most of the stolen property, he said. Glennon’s investigation revealed that the suspect still possessed some of the stolen property, according to the Detective.
Police then set up a planned buy and bust with him, according to the Department. “The suspect thought he was dealing with a jewelry buyer when he was speaking to a Glen Cove officer,” Nagle said.
The suspect allegedly showed up at the planned meeting with the loot, and was subsequently arrested.