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Nov 10, 2008 10:54 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Men caught burglarizing house in Southampton Village

Nov 10, 2008 10:54 AM

Southampton Village Police say they caught two day laborers burglarizing a house on Friday afternoon, just two hours after police left the same house after investigating a prior break-in.

Village Police said officers were dispatched to Little Plains Road and Foster Crossing at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday after a man walking his dog called police to report two men in the area acting suspiciously. Officers said they entered the Foster Crossing house that investigators had just left and found 23-year-old Axel Monroy and 33-year-old Esly Antonio Turcious Diaz burglarizing the residence. The men were arrested after a brief foot chase, police said.

Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison said the police department suspects Mr. Monroy and Mr. Diaz were the same people who committed the earlier break-in and said they could have been involved in other unsolved burglaries in the area. During the last two months, there have been five or six burglaries in the village, Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

A caretaker discovered the first burglary at the Foster Crossing house, an unoccupied second home, and told police it must have happened between October 26 and Friday, the detective said.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said the village’s rate of burglaries typically rises during the winter. “We expect to see more of these kinds of acts with the economy going in direction that it is,” he added.

Mr. Monroy and Mr. Diaz have not worked in a few months, and Mr. Diaz is homeless, Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

The men stole flat-screen televisions, jewelry, alcohol and other items from the Foster Crossing house, according to police. Officers recovered a few stolen items, including hedge clippers, a backpack leaf blower and a knife, Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said the Foster Crossing burglary was similar to other recent burglaries in the village because flat-screen TVs and alcohol were stolen, and the burglars used the home’s facilities. “It doesn’t rule out the possibility that there were other people involved or another group involved,” he added.

Mr. Monroy of Southampton was charged with burglary in the third degree, a felony, and possession of burglar’s tools, a misdemeanor. Mr. Diaz was charged with burglary in the third degree and possession of burglar’s tools as well as two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, misdemeanors. Det. Sgt. Lamison said Mr. Monroy does not have a criminal record, but Mr. Diaz had been deported twice since 1998. He said both men were in the United States illegally from Honduras.

Mr. Monroy and Mr. Diaz were arraigned before Southampton Village Justice Barbara Wilson on Saturday morning and held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $30,000 bail each.

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Kudos to the gentleman walking the dog. If you see something, say something.
By North of Highway (278), Westhampton Beach on Nov 10, 08 1:31 PM
Can someone put a photo up of these guys. My house got hit twice last year and we got the guy on tape. Would like to get a look.
By guinessman (2), Southampton on Nov 11, 08 11:50 AM
There you go, guinessman.
By BOReilly (131), Hampton Bays on Nov 12, 08 9:41 AM
Thanks, unfortunately not him,
By guinessman (2), Southampton on Nov 12, 08 11:38 PM
Many of these men came here because there was work. They came here because of an insatiable hunger for cheap labor by local contractors and home owners unable to pay the ever-escalating costs charged by licensed contractors whose rates are ten time those of other cities in the US. I do not condone what these men have done nor do I feel they should be immune from prosecution, but the fact that many of these day laborers now have no work, no money to get home and are actually starving is a real problem. ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 16, 08 12:46 PM
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By OrignialLocal (34), Southampton on Nov 25, 08 11:51 AM
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