It took a jury three hours to convict a Hempstead man of burglarizing a Seaman Avenue home in Rockville Centre last November, but his partner in crime is still on the lam.
Nishon Parson, 36, of Hempstead, faces up to 15 years in prison at his July 27 sentencing.
According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, on Nov. 29 at around 11 a.m., Parson and another man broke into a Seaman Avenue home. A neighbor saw the men entering the home through a back window and called village police. An RVC police sergeant responded minutes later and saw electronics piled up at the home’s door. When he entered the house, the sergeant confronted Parson and the other thief.
Rice said Parson pretended to comply with the officer’s commands, but both men ran from the cops. After police set up a perimeter, Parson was found several blocks away hiding under a tarp in a shed. His accomplice was never caught.
In addition to the electronics, police at the scene found the homeowner's safe on the floor of a closet after it had been ripped out of a wall panel, and the home's kitchen and den were completely ransacked.
The jury rejected the defense’s claims that Parson had given his friend a ride to the house, and only came into the house after his friend had already broken in and ransacked it.
“The jury was able to see through the defendant’s lies and excuses and get to the truth,” Rice said. “This defendant could not hide from his actions, and he will now be held accountable.”