Police arrest two for daytime break-ins in Wading River

01/16/2013 2:19 PM |

A Wading River woman previously arrested by Suffolk police for her role in a string of Belle Terre and Farmingville burglaries has now been arrested for a series of daytime residential break-ins in Wading River, Riverhead Town police said.

Alexa Vitacco, 21, of Wading River was arrested Wednesday, along with 26-year-old Michael Quinn of Farmingville, police said.

The pair was involved in three of five reported burglaries in the Wading River area, said Riverhead police Sgt. Joseph Loggia, though other burglaries occurred in Wading River outside Riverhead police jurisdiction, he added.

The burglars took electronics, jewelry and cash from the homes, Sgt. Loggia said.

None of the stolen items were recovered.

“We believe there are other people who have committed [the burglaries],” Sgt. Loggia said, adding the investigation is ongoing.

Ms. Vitacco surrendered herself to police, while Mr. Quinn was already in the custody of the Suffolk County Sheriff for other charges, according to a police report.

Mr. Quinn was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, police said. Ms. Vitacco faces one second-degree burglary charge.

This is not Ms. Vitacco’s first burglary charge. She was arrested last month in connection as an accomplice in four residential burglaries, county police said. She was the getaway driver in three of the burglaries, and kicked in a door to steal jewelry in the last robbery, police said.

When she was arrested in December, police discovered she was carrying heroin, and she was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Suffolk police spokeswoman said.

Mr. Quinn was arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court and held on $50,000 cash bail, court officials said; Ms. Vitacco was arraigned and released without bail.

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