L.I. Man Copied Neighbor's Key, Burglarized Apartment

Jonathan Hoffman, 41, is accused of entering the apartment six different times, police say

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011  |  Updated 5:17 PM EDT
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L.I. Man Copied Neighbor's Key, Burglarized Apartment

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A Nassau County man was arrested at his home Monday, accused of duplicating or stealing keys to enter neighbors' homes and steal from them.

According to police, 41-year-old Jonathan Hoffman of Hewlett found and duplicated a key to his neighbor's apartment last month. He then entered the 86-year-old woman's apartment six separate times between Oct. 21 and Nov. 7, police said.

He also entered another apartment in the complex using a key he'd stolen from a 48-year-old woman. When the resident confronted him, Hoffman claimed to be an exterminator and left the apartment, police said.

Hoffman stole assorted jewelry and cash in the burglaries. He's also accused in a separate incident of forging two prescriptions for oxycodone which he attempted to fill, said police.

Hoffman is charged with multiple counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree possession of forged instrument and first-degree identity theft. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Tuesday.

It was not immediately known if Hoffman had an attorney.

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