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Five charged with burglarizing occupied home; one suspect wanted in four other break-ins

HUNTINGTON - Suffolk County Police arrested five men for allegedly burglarized a Huntington home early Tuesday morning.

Three armed men entered a home at 21 Leigh Street through an unlocked door at approximately 1:20 a.m., threatened the five residents and demanded cash.  Two other suspects remained outside waiting in a car and acted as lookouts while the burglary look place.  All five men fled in the car and were stopped a short distance later on Deer Park Avenue in Dix Hills.

None of the residents were injured.

During the course of this investigation, two handguns were recovered.  Second Squad detectives charged the following men with burglary 1st degree, criminal possession of a weapon 3rd degree and criminal possession of a weapon 2nd degree:

  • Jason Gwaltney, 25, of 46 St. Peters Drive, Brentwood
  • Jaquese Jones, 18, of 105-4 Howells Road, Bay Shore
  • Nouvelle Lucas, 17, of 96 Arlington St., Wyandanch
  • Demetrius Edwards, 19, of 79 Levey Boulevard, Wyandanch
  • Tahjiea Carpenter, 17, of 970 Park Ave., Huntington

Carpenter was also charged with four counts of burglary 2nd degree for previously burglarizing four other Huntington homes.

The investigation is continuing.  All five men will be held overnight at the Second Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on January 23.