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Virginia Man Arrested For Burglary in Merrick

Donald Smith, 45, jumped into Merrick Bay to avoid arrest, police said.

Donald Smith, Photo Credit: NCPD
Donald Smith, Photo Credit: NCPD
A Virginia man was arrested for burglary in Merrick on Friday night, police said. 

According to police, authorities responded to a residential burglary alarm located on Clubhouse Road around 9:50 p.m.

Upon arrival police found a Chevy Cruze parked blocking a neighbor's driveway with the door open, interior lights on and with a large safe on the front seat. Officers then heard the sound of glass shattering coming from the rear of the residence.

Police then saw Donald Smith, 45, of Newport News, Va. run from behind the bushes and jump into Merrick Bay to avoid arrest. As Smith was exiting the water, he refused to comply with officers and began to struggle by flailing his arms and legs to prevent arrest, police said.

During a search, police found that Smith was in possession of the key that belonged to the Chevy Cruze, authorities said.

Smith was charged with second-degree burglary and resisting arrest. 
colettos July 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM
You hear so many different stories about what happened. I heard there were 3 guys caught. So happy and grateful for a great Nassau County Police Force....Great job... They responded so quickly and caught the criminal.
Joe Baker July 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM
I agree, fast response by the police, good job! I encourage residents to join the South Merrick Community Civic Association's Neighborhood Watch Program. A block captain would have received the correct information from the precinct and he/she would have called their neighbors to alert them as to what was happening so that they could have secured their homes while the burglar was still not apprehended. This program serves as the "eyes and ears" for the police while not getting physically involved. Perhaps if a neighboring participant noticed the car parked in front of the house they could have called before the alarm activated. Imagine if the occupants were in the house when it was burglarized? Please call SMCCA Neighborhood Watch Program Director Paul Vista for more info at 1 917-971-5655 or southmerrickcivic.org
Resident July 29, 2013 at 08:58 AM
this reporting is SO inaccurate
Proud Mom July 29, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Kudos to the Nassau County Police. The reason they were able to do this so quickly was mainly due to the assistance of a visiting citizen who provided the police with a very detailed description the suspect and his car. As far as the “neighborhood watch program” they can be helpful, however, sometimes all you need are just a few very observant & dutiful citizens.
colettos July 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Shed some light Mr. or Mrs. Resident.
GLENN July 30, 2013 at 08:44 AM
hey proud mom.."kudos to the police" REALLY! Please, don't pass you english illiteracy on to your children. Kudos REALLY!
Ernest thompson July 30, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Nice to see some positive comments on the great jobs the cops do day in and day out.
Proud Mom July 30, 2013 at 07:20 PM
@ AJ Your uncouth comment is irrelevant to these discussions. I remain the extremely “proud mom” of the young man who approached the police and provided the detailed descriptions used to apprehend this criminal. Professor, perhaps you should not cast stones, "Please, don't pass YOU english illiteracy..." From Merriam-Webster: "Examples of KUDOS Kudos to everyone who helped."
colettos July 30, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Thank your son as well Proud Mom. Great Police officers, Neighborhood watch and observant citizens is why our community so good. Thank you all very much.....

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