DA: More Charges Possible for Local Cat Burglar

Suffolk DA Thomas Spota said he expects the alleged burglar to face up to 15 additional charges in connection with local robberies.

Up to 15 more charges could be coming for an alleged cat burglar in connection with a home robbery spree from Lindenhurst to North Babylon earlier this year, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said at a press Tuesday morning.

Suffolk County Police of Errol Barham, Jr., 22 of Copiague, on Monday, and charged him with six counts of burglary in the second degree and one attempted burglary in the second degree in Lindenhurst.

Barham was also charged with one count of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Spota said detectives arrested Barham after finding him riding through Sherbrooke Road and Jackson Avenue in North Lindenhurst on July 4 at 1:35 a.m. with a hoodie on, fully covering his head although it was a very hot, humid evening.

Police said they found a mostly empty backpack on his person, containing a box cutter, gloves, pliers and a screwdriver. He was arrested then for possession of burglary items.

A further investigation after obtaining a search warrant for Barham's home found many reported stolen items including jewelry, cameras, laptops, an iPad and credit cards.

Spota said Barham would use a box cutter to slit an opening through screen windows, then push open sliding windows or doors to get into homes usually between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. while homeowners were sound asleep.

The DA also said Barham could face further charges in up to 15 other home robberies.

He said the Suffolk County Crime Investigation Bureau was currently still investigating whether or not burglaries in other areas such as West Babylon, North Babylon and Deer Park were connected. He also noted those crimes involved the same methods of break-ins that Barham allegedly used in Lindenhurst.

The SCPD issued an advisory to area residents last month warning them about potential break-ins following a rash of home robberies in the past months.

Barnham's currently incarcerated in the Suffolk County jail in lieu of $70,000 cash bail, according to authorities.


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Debbie July 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
So happy they caught the person! Now I can sleep a little easier!
Johnny July 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Lethal injection seems appropriate.
Mel July 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Me too Debbie... so glad they got him!
peach is July 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Isn't Deer Park and N Babylon a little far for a guy on a bike?
Richard Riccoboni July 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I ride 12 miles in 30 minutes on the stationary bike everyday, thats longer than the entire avenue
Kerrie July 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Far? not when you are a dirtbag thief. So glad this piece of trash got caught now people can sleep alittle better at night. I hope he gets the max.
Richard Riccoboni July 12, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Actually a dirtbag thief is usually limitted by his lack of nutrition and abundance of cocaine in the system, it's quite far for someone like that lol
Cindy Lou Who July 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM
um...how did the police issue and advisory to area residents? I never got one...so I am sure others didn't as well.
Mary August 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
What kind of advisories? If you mean mosquito spraying or other events that affect the community as a whole, you must sign up for the notification. Go the suffolkcountyny.gov site and look for CodeRED (Yes, it's spelled that way). Sign up instructions are there. I signed up today at noon and before 3 p.m. had received 4 text messages about possible tornadoes and flash floods in the Babylon area this afternoon!
Barbara Capella Loehr (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
This notice from Suffolk Police was issued to media about burglaries in Babylon Town and Lindy, which we reported here on Lindenhurst Patch: http://lindenhurst.patch.com/articles/police-investigate-rash-of-burglaries-in-babylon-town. Hope this helps clarify about any advisories in this case.


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