Police say they've charged a man in burglaries and attempted break-ins at four nail salons on Long Island and are investigating whether he is linked to a dozen others.
Francisco Leboy, 55, of South Farmingdale, was arrested Wednesday for the months-long burglary spree in the Farmingdale area, police said.
Leboy allegedly first struck on Sept. 28 at about 2:30 a.m., when he allegedly cut the lock to Dee Dee’s Nail Salon on Main Street in South Farmingdale and stole cash.
In the most recent case, Leboy allegedly attempted to cut the lock at the Rainbow Nail Salon on Main Street in Farmingdale at about 2:30 a.m. last Saturday. He didn’t manage to break into the store and left empty handed, authorities said.
In one of the hits, business owner Lucy Chen said that she saw Leboy the day before the break-in. She said the man took a business card and left.
The next day, someone had broken in, she said.
"I'm so very happy that he got caught," she said. "Everybody at work is happy."
Leboy’s been charged with three counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary, Nassau County Police said.
But he's also suspected in several other burglaries that share the same characteristics. In more than a dozen heists across the county, authorities say that the burglar removed locks on doors after the shops closed for the day.
"We have to compare and contrast each case," said Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter.
Attorney information for Leboy was not immediately available.