Police: Two Arrested in String of Patchogue Burglaries

A pair of 21-year-olds are arrested Thursday after they attempted to break into an East Patchogue home, police say.

Two men were arrested after attempting to break into an East Patchogue home Thursday afternoon, police said. 

Richard Crane, of Bellport, and Philip Mazzola, of Patchogue, are also charged in several other burglaries in the area over the past month, police said. 

Police say Fifth Precinct officers responded to a Corbin Avenue home after callers reported that a suspicious man had gone into a neighbor’s backyard at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday.

A short time later, officers Martin Gill and Stephen Lukas stopped a Nissan Altima that matched the description of a car that was seen on Corbin Avenue around the time of the 911 calls, police said.

Officer Gill arrested Mazzola, 21, the driver of the Altima.  Officer Lukas arrested Crane, 21, who was on foot and walking around the neighborhood, approximately one block away from Corbin Avenue.

Further investigations by Fifth Squad detectives revealed that Crane and Mazzola were responsible for another attempted burglary that occurred earlier Thursday on Shady Tree Lane in East Patchogue, police said. 

Police said they were also behind a burglary that occurred on December 20 on North Summit Street in Patchogue and two burglaries that occurred on January 8 in East Patchogue on Knot Street and Denise Drive. 

Crane and Mazzola are each charged with three counts of second degree burglary and two counts of second degree attempted burglary. 

The investigation is continuing. Police believe the two men, who were knocking on neighborhood doors looking for unoccupied homes, might be responsible for other burglaries in the area that occurred during the past four weeks.  Anyone with information is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. 

Both men will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday. 

Emily Majowka January 25, 2013 at 05:39 AM
This happened literally around the corner from me!!! Very quiet neighborhood, you would never think something like this can happen here...
e b January 25, 2013 at 06:39 AM
free phillll
Michael Leaning January 25, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Thanks for the mug shots! People deserve to know the faces of the people who are committing crimes in our neighborhood.
John Bogack January 25, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Mike is right! Double thanks to the Patch for posting those mug shots. It should be done all the time. It's another deterrent to crime if all the people who get arrested in this area know that their face is going to be posted and that then their neighbors, families, friends and others are going to know just what kind of actions have gotten them accused of criminal wrong doing. That knowledge might save a life, stop a home from being burned down, prevent the lives of law abiding citizens from being invaded or threatened. Thanks Patch, good job.
Lenny Smith January 25, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Are u a fool what u friends with this fool tell your friend to stay away from corbin or he will learn his lesson
Archie Bunker January 25, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Mazzola lives on Hollow Oak. Glad they caught them!
el911 January 25, 2013 at 10:03 PM
I hope they get time in jail!!!
j d January 26, 2013 at 04:45 AM
yes man free my dude he innocent
Free Phil ! January 26, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Freeeee philllllllll !! <3333
Anonymous January 26, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I wonder how they would feel if I got people to go in there houses?
dd January 26, 2013 at 08:11 PM
lovely town we live in
dd January 26, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Wayne D. January 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM
It don't get any better than this !!!!
Archie Bunker June 28, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Bail has been posted and Mazzola is back out of jail on Hollow Oak. Keep your doors and windows locked!


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