A police service dog chased down an Elmont man allegedly responsible for three burglaries last year, Nassau County police said.

Friday’s early-morning arrest came after police responded to a home on Central Avenue in Baldwin for a burglary in process, police said. When officers arrived they discovered that 23-year-old Troy Deans had fled on foot before entering the house, police said.

That’s when police received a second call for a burglary, this time on Clinton Avenue. A Nassau County K-9 officer was called to the scene with his dog, Gehrig, who sniffed out Deans’ location and apprehended him as he fled a yard on foot, police said.

During an investigation after Deans’ arrest, police were able to connect him to three other burglaries in the area: Sept. 21, 2012 at a business on Grand Avenue in Baldwin, Nov. 5, 2012 at a home on S. Bayview Avenue in Freeport and Nov. 9, 2012 at a Kings Parkway home in Baldwin, where Deans allegedly also stole a 2011 Toyota Rav4, police said.

He was charged with four counts of varying degrees of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, grand larceny and criminal trespass. Deans will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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