Alleged burglar arrested for second break-in

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One of two day laborers arrested earlier this month after police said they were caught in the act of burglarizing a house has been arrested again in connection with an earlier burglary.

Axel Monroy, 23, of Southampton was first arrested on November 7 when police said he and Esly Antonio Turcious Diaz, 33, whom police identified as homeless, broke into a Southampton Village home on Foster Crossing and stole flat-screen televisions, jewelry, alcohol and other items. Village Police are now charging Mr. Monroy with breaking into a Gin Lane home on October 26 and stealing the same type of items.

Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison of the Village Police said Monday that investigators connected Mr. Monroy to the Gin Lane burglary through fingerprints and are trying to connect Mr. Monroy to other open cases that are similar in nature. There is no evidence yet that anyone else was involved in the Gin Lane burglary, Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

Mr. Monroy, who is being held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside, was arrested for the second time on November 24 and charged with burglary in the second degree and grand larceny in the third degree, both felonies. Upon his arrest earlier this month, he was charged with burglary in the third degree, a felony, and possession of burglar’s tools, a misdemeanor.

According to court documents, a Suffolk County grand jury indicted Mr. Monroy on November 17 and he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on November 21. Justice James F.X. Doyle set Mr. Monroy’s bail at $25,000.

BRENDAN O’REILLY

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