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Police: Holbrook Man Arrested for Burglarizing Occupied Homes

Teens come face-to-face with burglar on Wednesday, police say.

Joseph Schreck (SCPD photo)
Joseph Schreck (SCPD photo)

A Holbrook man was arrested on Wednesday evening after he burglarized two occupied homes in Holbrook earlier in the day, police said.  

According to police, Fifth Precinct officers responded to a home on Hiram Avenue after a 13-year-old resident reported that an unknown man had entered the house while he was there and he saw the man carrying items from an upstairs bedroom. 

When the burglar noticed that the teen was in the house, he fled in a white Ford pickup truck, police said. A neighbor called 911 and provided a description of the man and the vehicle.

About six minutes later, police received another 911 call of a burglary on Estelle Avenue, where a 14-year-old boy confronted the same man inside his residence after hearing the house alarm, police said. The teen yelled and the man fled, police said. 

Based on the descriptions provided by the teens, who were not injured, and other witnesses, Fifth Precinct officers were able to track down the pickup truck at about 5:15 p.m.  Police arrested the driver, 25-year-old Joseph Schreck. 

Schreck is charged with two counts of second degree burglary. He is also charged with one count of second degree attempted burglary for attempting to break into another home on Estelle Avenue, police said. 

Schreck is also facing charges for a theft that occurred in February at a CVS store in Holbrook, police said. 

Schreck was being held at the Fifth Precinct and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning at First District Court in Central Islip.

The investigation is continuing and detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.

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MT Poquets July 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM
6 months in Yaphank then out on the street with a record...
Archie Bunker July 17, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Mr. Schreck, you picked the right house to get away. Had it been mine, you wouldn't have made it to the front door. I can assure you, it would not have resulted in your word against mine. piece of trash!
Amanda Josephine Dunne July 18, 2014 at 12:04 AM
That ain't right you people are so hateful with nothing to do with your lives. me and my sisters went to school with this kid and it's sad to see where he turned out. Have some compassion and don't judge.
MT Poquets July 18, 2014 at 06:50 AM
He must be very popular in his neighborhood.
john smith July 18, 2014 at 07:40 PM
Amanda,I think you would feel different if he was in your house. People don't "turn out" it's usually caused by addiction, or just being scum from birth.

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