Two East Hampton men were arrested on Thursday, April 23, for the burglary of an East Hampton home one week earlier, according to East Hampton Town Police.
Friends Donya Davis, 20, of East Hampton and Juan Cano, 19, of Montauk were arrested following an investigation of the April 16 burglary on Seventh Avenue in East Hampton.
In his statement to police, Mr. Cano said he used a hide-a-key to open the front door of the home to search for Xanax, a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, and money, knowing the homeowner was in New Jersey, police said.
Mr. Davis stated that he waited in his car while Mr. Cano searched the home for about half an hour, police said.
Mr. Cano told Mr. Davis and police that he did not find anything in the Seventh Avenue home, but according to Detective Sergeant Robert Gurney, the twosome stole $1,500 in cash from the house.
Before the burglary, the two men drove to different residences in the area, according to their statements. Mr. Cano originally contacted his friend, Mr. Davis, to purchase Xanax, and after buying two pills worth $20, Mr. Cano and Mr. Davis went and bought another 10 pills from someone else.
The friends talked about how easily they could get into another man’s home in Sag Harbor and steal drugs or money because the door was usually left open, according to Mr. Davis’s statement.
But according to both of their statements, someone was home and they left without incident. They then decided to go to the Seventh Avenue home, their statements said.
Mr. Davis and Mr. Cano were both charged with burglary in the second degree, a felony. Mr. Cano was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
According to police, Mr. Cano admitted to having the marijuana, saying, “It’s a little weed. It’s just a little nugget.”
They were arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday. Mr. Davis posted $1,000 bail and had a temporary restraining order placed on him by the victim of the burglary. Mr. Cano did not post the requested $50,000 bail and was taken to Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call East Hampton Town Police at 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.