A Freeport man has been convicted of a two-month burglary spree in which he stole cell phones, wallets, a laptop computer and an emergency vehicle from an East Meadow doctor’s office.

A Nassau County jury found Emania Shepard guilty this week of burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny. He was acquitted of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Prosecutors said the 51-year-old man stole from an apartment and six businesses between December 2011 and January 2012.

He stole a laptop computer from a Jericho gym on Dec. 17, 2011, and a wallet and a set of car keys from a Baldwin music store six days later.

He stole jewelry from a Rockville Centre apartment on Jan. 9, 2012. Two days later, he stole an East Meadow pediatrician’s keys, then used the keys to steal the doctor’s Jeep equipped with lights and sirens. Police recovered the vehicle four days later.

Shepard also stole keys from a Lynbrook brokerage agency and using the keys to steal items from an employee’s car on Jan. 31, 2012 before walking into a nearby clothing store and stealing three hats.

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The crime spree ended shortly later when Shepard was caught trying to steal a cell phone from a nearby music store. Lynbrook village police officers brought Shepard to the Nassau County Police Department’s Fifth Precinct, where detective investigating the burglaries recognized him.

Shepard faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced April 17.


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