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NCPD Nabs 2 Men For Burglary by Following Snowy Footprints To Their Doorstep

Seventh Squad detectives report the arrests of two Massapequa Park men on March 3, 2014 at 5:05 am in Massapequa Park.

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Massapequa Park, NY - March 4th, 2014 - Seventh Squad detectives report the arrests of two Massapequa Park men on March 3, 2014 at 5:05 am in Massapequa Park.

According to detectives, after responding to a burglary alarm call at Park Stationary & Smoke Shop, 1048 Park Boulevard, at 4:30 am, officers observed that the rear door to that store was ajar. They also observed a fresh set of footprints in the snow that led away from the business. After following the footprints for some distance, they observed that the tracks led up the front lawn of 128 1st Avenue, Massapequa Park.

After observing the home at a distance, John Wallace, 23, of 93 First Avenue and his brother, Eugene Wallace, 23, of the same address exited the home a short time later. Officers conducted a “Field Stop” and recovered scratch-off lottery tickets from Eugene which were the proceeds from the stationary store burglary. Both brothers were placed into custody and were transported to the Seventh Precinct for a follow-up investigation.

A subsequent investigation by detectives revealed that the brothers were responsible for the following Burglaries in Nassau County.

  • The Barn, 1799 Bellmore Avenue, N. Bellmore on 03/03/2014
  • The Barn, 177 Atlantic Avenue, Freeport on 02/26/2014
  • The Barn, 1600 Broadway, Hewlett on 02/22/2014
  • The Barn, 2081 Merrick Road, Merrick on 02/18/2014

Eugene Wallace is charged with five (5) counts of Burglary 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief 4th Degree. John Wallace is charged with Four (4) counts of Burglary 3rd Degree. Both defendants will be arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead on 03/04/2014.