For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Incident: Man Arrested for Burglarizing Copiague Business in August, 2017
Location: First Precinct, 555 Route 109 West Babylon
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at approximately 4:50 p.

Suffolk County Police today arrested a man for burglarizing a Copiague New York, business in August of 2017.


A man destroyed a rooftop chimney to gain entry to Amvets Thrift Store, located at 1179 Sunrise Highway, at approximately 4:15 a.m. on August 9, 2017. The man entered through the rooftop chimney vent, tied a rubber hose to piping on the roof and climbed down into the store.  The suspect was eventually startled by the alarm. He threw a ceramic container through the front glass door, breaking it and fled the scene.


Following an investigation by First Squad detectives, the Amityville Police Department and multiple Crime Stoppers tips, Tyler Heller, 27, of Amityville, New York, was arrested after he turned himself in at the First Precinct, located at 555 Route 109, West Babylon, New York, at approximately 4:50 p.m.  Heller was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, and two counts of Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.


He will be held overnight at the First Precinct in West Babylon, and scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip, New York on February 7, 2018.


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Authority: John W. Barry, Acting Commissioner 17-466455
Suffolk County Police Department

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