Suspect In Long Island Hotel Burglary Handed License To Victims, Police Say

A strange scene unfolded at a Long Island hotel where a burglar handed over his ID to his victims during a late-night theft, leading to his arrest, police said.

Michael C. Lee

Michael C. Lee

Photo Credit: Nassau County Police

It is alleged that at approximately 3 a.m. on Friday, April 16, Michael C. Lee, age 29, of Bayside, Queens, who was staying at the Travelodge on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, broke into another guest’s room through an unlocked sliding window.

Police said that the first victim, a 33-year-old woman was confronted by Lee, at which point she called her 44-year-old boyfriend into the room for assistance.

According to police, the two guests demanded to know why Lee was in the room, and asked for his identification, at which point Lee handed over his driver’s license before fleeing the room.

After Lee fled without taking his license back, the woman noticed that her money was missing and they contacted the police. Officers responded to the hotel, where they located Lee, who was arrested without incident.

Lee was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and burglary. He was arraigned on Friday in Mineola. 

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