ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. - An eagle-eyed patrol officer with the Orangetown Police Department helped nab a suspect accused of burglarizing a Route 303 home in Rockland County.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the residence, where a homeowner reported that he had left his home overnight and returned to find that his property had been illegally entered, police said.
According to police, upon arrival at his home at 8:15 a.m. that morning, the homeowner told officers that he observed damage to his kitchen window and his slider door was unlocked. A safe had been moved in the living room and his bedroom had been rummaged.
The homeowner had to temporarily leave the home to open his business, and upon his return several hours later, the slider door was open and the safe had been taken, police said. The safe reportedly contained an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry. Other cash had also been removed from the home.
Police said that using a home video security system, detectives investigating the incident were able to develop a suspect and identified his vehicle. Upon further investigation, a patrol officer who stopped the suspect - later identified as 33-year-old Congers resident Darren Domenici - for a vehicle infraction earlier this week recognized him and was able to provide a license plate number.
Using the license plate reader system, police were able to track down Domenici sitting in a parking lot on Catherine Street in Nyack and arrested him . He was charged with felony counts of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of stolen property.
Domenici is currently being held on $25,000 bail for the Orangetown charges of burglary and grand larceny and $10,000 bail for Nyack charges of criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance for being in possession of non-prescribed medication at the time of his arrest. He has been remanded to the Rockland County Jail.
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