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Man Charged After Violent Syosset Home Burglary

Rory Watkins, 35
Rory Watkins, 35 Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Department

A 35-year-old man is facing numerous charges after police say he was involved in a home burglary on Long Island.

Rory Watkins, 35, who Nassau County Police Department detectives say is homeless, was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 19.

According to detectives, Watkins was one of two male suspects who forced their way into a residence on Lincrest Street in Syosset and became involved in a physical altercation with a man inside on Monday, Sept. 2 around 11:25 p.m.

Police say one of the suspects displayed a pistol and hit the victim over the head with it. The two subjects then took a large amount of marijuana from the residence, exited the house and fled in a grey sedan in an unknown direction, according to police.

An investigation led to the identification of Watkins as one of the suspects, police say. He was located on Harrison Street and placed under arrest without incident.

It was also discovered that Watkins was allegedly involved in another robbery that occurred in Hicksville on Tuesday, Aug. 6 around 8:30 p.m. Police say a firearm was displayed to steal multiple vape pens from a man who had just purchased them from Watkins.

Watkins faces the following charges:

  • First-degree burglary (two counts)
  • First-degree robbery (two counts)
  • Grand larceny
  • Petit larceny

Watkins is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, Sept. 19 at First District Court in Hempstead.

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