CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Five men face charges that they impersonated plainclothes detectives to burglarize homes on Long Island.
A 29-count indictment charges the suspects with burglary, robbery, attempted robbery, conspiracy and criminal impersonation.
According to Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1E4asvK ), District Attorney Thomas Spota said the indictment will be unsealed Wednesday.
Spota said the suspects donned business suits, wore fake police badges and identified themselves as detectives to occupants of homes they knew contained either cash, valuables or both.
Once inside, the defendants allegedly used handguns and restrained the occupants with zip ties and duct tape.
Prosecutors say the men were arrested March 26 while en route to commit another home invasion.
They allegedly targeted homes in Wyandanch, North Bay Shore, Bay Shore, North Babylon, Deer Park and Mastic.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com