A Springs man who was busted and admitted to a string of burglaries in East Hampton and Southampton towns was indicted by a grand jury in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Friday and charged with 27 counts of burglary in the second and third degree and attempted second-degree burglary, which are all felonies.
East Hampton Town Police say Justin T. Bennett, 35, burglarized at least 16 homes in East Hampton and Southampton towns, and in Sag Harbor Village, stealing more than $126,000 worth of jewelry, cash and prescription medications over several months this year.
In a statement to police, included with documents filed with the courts as part of his arrest, he confessed to feeding his heroin addiction with money he secured by burglarizing houses.
He was arrested on Thursday, October 24, while driving down Route 114, according to police. Based on witness descriptions, the car he was driving, a 2003 black Toyota sedan that belongs to his girlfriend, and information provided by detectives in New York City about a “significant amount” of jewelry recovered there, where Mr. Bennett was allegedly planning to sell it, he became a suspect in the burglaries.
According to court records, Mr. Bennett hit homes mostly on Springs roads: Montauk Boulevard, Sycamore Drive, Flaggy Hole Road, Lincoln Street, Bon Pinck Way, Gardiner Avenue, Middle Highway, Highwood and Fort Pond Boulevard. He also hit a home on Ancient Highway off Route 114.
In his statement, he admitted to burglarizing houses on and off Noyac Road and homes in Southampton Town as well.
Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said last week that he burglarized 10 homes in the Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton area.
When Mr. Bennett was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court, Judge Lisa Rana set his bail at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.
Mr. Bennett is due for arraignment in Suffolk County Criminal Court on November 7 before Judge Richard Ambro.