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UPDATE: Home Invasion Suspect Still on the Lam

Suspect tried to burglarize a Maple Avenue apartment, officials said.

A man broke into a Maple Avenue apartment at 11 a.m. on Friday, but when he was confronted by a resident inside the home, the suspect fled out of the same window he entered from, officials said.

According to village spokesman Jeff Kluewer, a man hopped through a window of a Maple Avenue apartment near Powell Road on Friday morning. The resident was home, Kluewer explained, and when confronted by the burglar, asked the suspect what he was doing. The suspect answered that he, "had the wrong apartment" and exited through the same window he came in.

The suspect did not leave with any property, Kluewer said, and the resident was unharmed and called the police. Kluewer added that he did not have a description of the burglar, and that he is still on the run.

A joint investigation by Nassau County and RVC police was conducted, and canine units as well as a helicopter were brought in during the search.

RVC schools were put under lockdown during the two-hour search, but that was lifted at 2 p.m.

The suspect was not caught, and the NCPD 1st Squad has since taken over the investigation.

Frank October 07, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Thank goodness no one was hurt.
Kenneth Middleton October 07, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Yeah, really. I am concerned about all of the crime that has taken place as of late either in or around RVC. Is no place safe and crime free any longer?
Dave NY October 07, 2011 at 10:16 PM
What?! He probably just had the wrong apartment.
Harvey Goodhart October 08, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Kenneth, are you that clueless about the world today. By the way have you ever inquired how much crime has been committed here, so at least you can compare it to other villages. Let me answer your question, the police cannot guarantee your safety in this world today. The only place that I know that is crime free is the moon.
Harvey Goodhart October 08, 2011 at 12:40 PM
So, the schools were shut down because of a a cowardly burglar, talk about over-reaction. This was not a home invasion. I applaud the cops for the search. I hope every burglar acts the way this one did.
honest wade October 08, 2011 at 01:34 PM
I LIVE 3 BLOCKS AWAY and had the Helo buzzing me and my daughter in the stroller. YOU would think the REVERSE 911 was used for more than telling me about the Storm or That the restaurants must close by 10pm. Lets get with it Mr Mayor. Do I have to buy a scanner from the shack like the Superintendent to get some info my way. Of course I had common sense to get off the street. I m just saying, This time we had NCPD, Dogs, and the airship, still no luck. We need a rapid notification system, or a near real time website for info.....right or wrong?
honest wade October 08, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Harvey, you are right and wrong. The fact that the schools were effected by a Burglar running around town is SAD. MAYBE our prized schools should always be a level of security to protect against a Violent Criminal seeking refuge on the grounds during school hours. WE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE SAFE SCHOOLS FOR OUR KIDS, WHAT IF THE DIRTBAG wasnt being chased or he incapicitated the resident and police werent called , then he could just stroll around the schools? Scary
Harvey Goodhart October 08, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Just to be clear, normally a "Home Invasion" is done forcibly with weapons and should be seen as a robbery. It is a very serious crime due to the fact the reason the perps "invade" the premise is because they know people are inside. Other crimes normally take place during the robbery. It is a horror. This crime was a burglary only and when the perp was confronted he got the heck out of there. By the way home invaders when caught are charged with robbery and burglary and other possible crimes. Believe me,I am not trying to second guess the situation, I do not know what facts were known at the time of the crime. But people should understand what really happened and not be scared to death as alot of people were.
Judy October 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Glad no one was hurt - all these home invasions lately. Keep your family and your home protected - install deadbolts, keep vigilant, and keep alarm activated. Try FREEALARM.org for free home security systems.
Harvey Goodhart October 08, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Judy, describing this crime as a home invasion is wrong and scares the crap out of everyone and it should, if it really is a home invasion. Even a burglary done at night when everyone is a sleep is truly a scary thought, but if no one wakes up , it is purely a burglary and not a home invasion.
TomH October 08, 2011 at 06:55 PM
My wife called me at work to talk about the helicopters, so I called the police. They just told me frantically there was a "suspect" on the loose and hung up on me. I called back two hours later to see what was going on and they said they caught the guy, and it was a burglar...huh?
honest wade October 08, 2011 at 10:06 PM
HARVEY, Burglary is a serious Felony, and this time the dirtbag criminal was taken by surprise , if the criminal had the jump on the resident things may have been worse.
honest wade October 08, 2011 at 10:08 PM
and Harvey we know the difference because we have had Real all out home invaisions I believe last year and the year before.
Harvey Goodhart October 09, 2011 at 11:13 AM
I am not saying that burglary isn't a serious crime, I have been a victim of burglars and it is not a pleasant experience to come home to a ransacked house. I knew there would be one person not understanding what I said. That was not my message, not even close.
Harvey Goodhart October 09, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Frantically?
Dave Kloven October 09, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Yes , i would want to know what was going on, but if everyone rvc resident called the police everytime they saw a helicoptor or police activity, the 911 system would be jammed...... using the reverse 911 system to inform residents of police activity is also a bad idea..... the police are there to solve crimes not inform the curious, let them do their job ..
Harvey Goodhart October 09, 2011 at 01:09 PM
There's nothing wrong with alerting people if if there was a real threat. But closing schools because a two bit burglar was around is silly. I do support the great efforts of the Police to catch this guy but to shut down the schools, why?
chris October 11, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Maybe he had the wrong apartment?????What did he look like????/
Walter White October 11, 2011 at 11:02 AM
I think the bigger problem in RVC is 1 in 2 cars someone is on their cellphone or texting on the phone and the RVC police does nothing to enforce this at all.Go for a walk any day and see how many people residents and non-residents talking on their cellphones or texting,You want bring revenue to RVC $100.00 per ticket,they could make up to $5,000 a day with tickets,Come on make our roads safe.
Walter White October 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM
how about try a 12 or 20 guage shotgun,thats a great home security system if you learn how to use and the saftey of the weapon.It is our right.
Walter White October 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Get off the cellphones and drive,when you get into your car you are suppose to drive not eat,play with radio,or talk or text on cellphone,who are you that you can put everyones life at risk.Please RVC police can you start enforcing this law.
Harvey Goodhart October 11, 2011 at 01:13 PM
First of all, cell phone misuse is common in the whole world not just RVC. I'm not saying that it is ok for sure but to blame the Police is ridiculous. A large percentage of the population misuse their cell phone. Well, maybe you are right because the RVC Police have nothing else to do. Do you really think any Police department can control this problem. Common sense says no. Everyone has their pet peeve for the Police. Most people do not have clue about the annoying and possible dangers are faced by the Police every day all over our country. By the way, I assume you were able to get the figures on how many summons the Police issue every day for cellphone misuse. What nerve do they Police have, for trying to find the burglar when they could be giving out summons for cellphone misuse. Some people, well intentioned think the Police should stop kids from smashing pumpkins. This childish and hurtful act has been going on for 50 years or more. I don't blame people for being upset, but maybe if parents should confront their children and explain how hurtful it is. I would guess that middle schoolers are the population that might be involved. Egg throwing is a much more dangerous and destructive event. Believe it or not the Police are not the cause of every problem in RVC today. People are.
Mr.Goodfart October 12, 2011 at 05:46 PM
yes police can control this problem by giving out lots of tickets and putting warning signs of using cells while driving,$100.00 tickets all the time people will start to talk and no better to not use them in RVC while driving,look how many people did not come to RVC because of the enforecement of parking and the abundance of tickets for parking,It can easily be done,I am not blaming the police at all,you are right it is the people,typical arrogant I can do whatever I feel attitude because them talking on there phone is more important than the safety of everyone on the road,but you right people are the problem of everything in this town.well have a great day
Harvey Goodhart October 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Sorry, but I have no idea what you are talking about.
Harvey Goodhart October 13, 2011 at 01:01 PM
I don't think I said the Police shut down the schools but if I did, it was my mistake. However, I still think it was an overreaction for the circumstances. But then again, I wasn't in a postion to make that decision and of course one can say better safe than sorry. However, it did cause a large amount of anxiety in RVC and in my opinion the circumstances did not call for it. However, lockdowns are very common now and I think it's just the sign of the times.

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