Police: Long Island Burglary Spree Suspect Released Under Bail Reform, Then Robs Another Store Hours Later

Police: Long Island Burglary Spree Suspect Released Under Bail Reform, Then Robs Another Store Hours Later


(excerpt from 2CBS New York, Jan 4 2020)

WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Under New York’s new criminal justice reform law, a 22-year-old man accused of a burglary spree at a Long Island shopping center was released without having to post bail on New Year’s Eve.

On Friday, that same man was back behind bars after police say he committed yet another burglary just hours after being set free.

Nassau County police say Gerard Conway broke into four stores on Dec. 29. The 22-year-old allegedly used a flower pot to smash the glass door of a Pizza Hut on Old Country Road. After stealing the cash register, Nassau police say the burglar then broke into three more businesses at The Source Mall in Westbury.

Conway was arrested a day later and charged with 3rd degree burglary, a charge that is no longer eligible for bail or pretrial detention.

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