wrapped up a slew of burglary investigations with the arrest of two Bellport parolees on Thursday.
Seven burglaries were reported in the Barnes Hole Association area between May 6 and 8, police said. Burglaries had occurred on Shadow Lane, Shoridge Road, Highwood Way and Winding Way. One witness provided police with the license plate number for a 2007 Nissan that returned to a Chris I. Williams.
Then on May 9, police received a call about two suspicious men in the Inkberry Road neighborhood. Williams, 23, and Charles C. Durant, 30, were on bicycles and knocking on doors, police said. They claimed to be canvasing for a political survey.
A computer check showed the men were on parole and had been selling items at pawn shops on Long Island.
Detectives set up interviews with Williams and Durant through their parole officers, meeting them on Wednesday at the State Parole Office in Bohemia.
The men reportedly consented to a search of their home in Bellport, and Williams consented to a search of his vehicle, where police found multiple stolen items from the burglaries.
The men were arrested and charged with three counts of third-degree criminal mischief and seven counts of second-degree burglary, both felonies, and two counts fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.
During further questioning, police connected Williams and Durant to a burglary on Marion Lane on April 9, as well.
Following an arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Thursday, the men were ordered held on parole warrants.