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Cops: Wading River man responsible for car break-ins

01/18/2019 5:29 PM |

A Wading River man who police believe was responsible for multiple car break-ins was arrested Friday, according to Riverhead Town police.

The department’s COPE division arrested Patrick Fontaine for second-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, following an investigation into larcenies from vehicles in the Wading River area. Police said Mr. Fontaine was the primary suspect in the larcenies that occurred in January.

The investigation is ongoing and property has been recovered related to the larcenies, police said.

Police also charged Mr. Fontaine with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Mr. Fontaine had been indicted in county court in 2014 for possession of burglar tools, according to prior reports. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor petit larceny charge in another case stemming from a Dec. 4, 2018, arrest, according to online court records. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison in the case.

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