Trio arrested for Baldwin burglary


Three Baldwin residents were arrested for a burglary that occurred on June 13 at 12:15 p.m. at a Harrison Avenue home in Baldwin.

According to detectives, John Bunting, 20, Al-Jaleel Johnson, 20, and Melissa Garrett, 23, while acting in consort, entered the unlocked rear basement entrance of a Harrison Avenue residence. After obtaining an imitation “Air Soft” machine gun and a mason jar containing an undetermined amount of change, the three exited the residence and, while fleeing back to their parked vehicle, where confronted by a neighboring witness. After dropping the mason jar, the defendants were observed entering a parked vehicle and fleeing the scene. The witness, who was able to secure the vehicle’s plate number, called 911.

After a notification was broadcast, responding officers observed the suspects’ vehicle traveling on Sunrise Highway at Brookside Avenue. A subsequent vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of the defendants without further incident.

All three defendants were charged with second-degree burglary and were arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on June 14.