According to detectives, just after 3 a.m., First Precinct police officers responded to a home on Central Avenue for a burglary in progress. The suspect, 23-year-old Troy Deans, had fled on foot before gaining access to the residence.
A second call for a burglary was received a short time later for a home on Clinton Place, police said. A Nassau County canine officer responded to the scene with his police service dog, Gehrig.
While searching the area, Gehrig located Deans in the rear yard of another home on Clinton Place and alerted the officer, police said. Deans fled the yard on foot, but was apprehended by Gehrig.
According to police, further investigation determined that Deans was also responsible for the following burglaries in the area:
- Sept. 21, 2012 Dean entered a business on Grand Avenue in Baldwin.
- Nov. 5, 2012 Dean entered a home on S. Bayview Avenue, Freeport.
- Nov. 9, 2012 Dean entered a home on Kings Parkway, Baldwin. Police said Deans also stole a 2011 Toyota Rav 4 from this location.