The August crime report showed a disparity in where crimes have taken place throughout the First Precinct, which covers the Town of and is the largest in Suffolk County.
Precinct leaders released this during its held on .
Spike in Burglaries
The uptick, police said, accounted for 44 percent of the home burglaries in the precinct during August.
Seven vehicles were also stolen in West Babylon during the month, officials noted.
Just a short distance away from these communities, Babylon Village recorded zeros on all major crimes, including stolen vehicles, robberies and residential and commercial burglaries.
Precinct Arrests and Statistics
The First Precinct made 692 arrests during the month, including a 22-year-old they suspect was a major factor in the various burglaries throughout the neighboring areas.
, of Lindenhurst, was arrested on August 28 after being found trying to break into the (FVSA) Soccer Academy on on North Queens Avenue on the Lindenhurst/West Babylon border, commonly referred to as "The Bubble," police said.
There were four shootings in the Precinct during the month of August, one of which was fatal. , 18, of West Babylon, was shot to death only a block from his home in the early hours of August 26 while attending a party. Police are still on the hunt for his killer.
The Precinct also dealt with 508 automobile accidents in the area, which included 84 injuries and one fatality. Thirty seven people were arrested in August for DWI, officials added.
Drug charges for controlled substances were up 40 percent from a month ago with 105 arrests in the Precinct, although arrests for marijuana fell about 13 percent from August to only 68 arrests.
The previous month's 78 marijuana-related arrests were considered a low number, according to police.
For more statistics for the month of August, see the comparison table, below.
Other Incidents and Arrests
Reports of an attempted afternoon break-in on Heathcote Road off of Route 109 in North Lindenhurst on August 30 was actually a case of criminal trespassing, according to police officials.
Police said the homeowner believes someone came into his house through the attached garage, but was scared away by the dog, and nothing was taken.
Reports of police chasing a man through backyards on the afternoon of August 30 in Lindenhurst near Straight Path and Sunrise Highway turned out to be an arrest that was made by the Suffolk Police Gang Team made on 36th Street, according to police.
Police said they were seeking a known subject who committed a prior armed robbery in Copiague on June 11. They were looking for him for a while, police said, and found him at one of his hang-outs.
According to police, when he saw the plain-clothes officers, he took off on foot, but they eventually apprehended at Catskill Avenue and 36th Street at 3:23 p.m.
Police charged the man, who was identified as , with robbery in the first degree and resisting arrest.
The next Community Meeting will take place on October 4 at 7 p.m. at the First Precinct on Route 109 in West Babylon.