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Police: Alert Neighbor Helps Snag Patchogue Burglar

Police say Anthony Mendolia, of Lindenhurst, broke into a home on Central Avenue Friday morning.

An alert neighbor is being credited with helping to catch a burglar who broke into a Patchogue home Friday morning, police said. 

Police say Anthony Mendolia, of Lindenhurst, broke into a home on Central Avenue through a rear door and stole assorted jewelry shortly before noon, police said. 

A neighbor saw Mendolia, 27, leaving the rear of the elderly homeowner's residence with a backpack and followed the alleged burglar, who ran away, police said. 

The neighbor called 911 and provided a description to responding 5th Precinct officers, police said. 

Officer Marc Sforza observed the subject a short distance away. When Mendolia saw the officer, he fled on foot through several yards, police said.

Assisting officers Jeremy Fanning, Edward Ryby and Charles Teufel were able to locate and subdue Mendolia a short distance away, at approximately 12:03 p.m., police said. 

Mendolia was found in possession of several thousand dollars worth of jewelry which was taken from the residence. The homeowner identified the items, many of which were irreplaceable family heirlooms, police said. 

Mendolia was also in possession of rubber gloves, a pry bar and a hypodermic needle.

Mendolia is charged with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. He is also wanted for a violation of a parole warrant.

Mendolia is being held overnight at the 5th Precinct, and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday. 

Kathleen Rubinstein August 03, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Now that is a great neighbor! I want to know if the needle had anything in it. This guy should be charged with possession of a potentially lethal weapon!!! It is nice to read a bad story that has a happy ending!
Elizabeth K August 04, 2012 at 12:26 PM
To all the officers.....Great job!
CCOP August 04, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Great job Brother Tony!
Edward Smith August 04, 2012 at 12:53 PM
It doesn't say if the picture is of the hero or the thief!
Tony Cangelosi August 04, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Nobody mess with my Hope
Jennifer Ann Krieger August 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
That is the thief. The hero my cousin in law. I watched him from my window take off running like he was in a marathon!
Jennifer Ann Krieger August 04, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Special thanks to all the police officers who responded and helped chase and catch the guy. It was very surreal to watch on your own peaceful street.
Randall Galli August 04, 2012 at 07:31 PM
great job tony!....letttin all you theives out there know he picked the wrong neighborhood...
Richard McClain August 05, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I would like to personaly thank thje neighbor who wasnt afraid to get involved.God Bless you and yours.Good things will come your way thank you i live right on lake shore so it hits close to home.
Pandemonium August 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Incredible story!! Big Thank You to Tony and The Police Department!!!
CCOP August 05, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Brother Tony, you should have let your dog chase him.
Carol Reitz-Butler August 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I'm sure the neighbor meant well, but civilians giving chase to bad guys is a VERY VERY BAD IDEA, as the police will tell you*. My husband was almost killed just few weeks ago doing just that. *I hope the PD releases a statement saying so. I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is.
kevin August 06, 2012 at 08:57 AM
HE is back to his old tricks again this time its an old persons home what a crack head i hope his white ass dont come out herion addicts will do anything for that next high this time they cought him with a dirty needle
kevin August 06, 2012 at 08:59 AM
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- A former employee of a Long Island carwash is under arrest on charges that he stole money from the office of the carwash three times, Infinity Broadcasting and the Associated Press reported. Nassau County Police say 19-year-old Anthony Mendolia was captured on videotape entering the office of the Seaford Car Wash through the roof and stealing money on Thursday. Police say Mendolia also took cash from the carwash last Saturday and on May 15th. He was arrested at his Seaford home yesterday afternoon.
fran August 07, 2012 at 06:04 PM
some one got ther facts wrong mendolia got charged wit the crime because hes not a rat and the real thief was ryan bever the original drug addict who got everyone started an that bs
kevin August 08, 2012 at 09:35 AM
okay fact he's a drug addict he broke into homes . Anthony broke into car wash in 2004 Anthony got caught with stolen goods and a dirty hypodermic needle ,burglary tools Anthony did before and Anthony did it again . it's plain as day Anthony is a low life and need to go to jail for a while . kudos to the neighbors and police that apprehended Anthony the low life .... sounds like my facts my straight . I got my fax from nys Doc ,parole
toni August 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
take it from someone who allow him in there life for a very long time... he absolutely did do all those things plus many more that he was not caught doing

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