Nassau police catch Edwin Griffin, alleged to have committed 16 burglaries in the Five Towns


A man alleged to have committed 16 burglaries between December 201 and May of this year in Cedarhurst, Lawrence and Woodmere was arrested by Nassau police on May 7.

Responding to a call of what police called a “suspicious person” by the intersection of Derby Avenue and West Broadway in Cedarhurst on Sunday at 4:45 a.m., police saw a man with a nail gun and electric bicycle leaving the backyard of a home. 

Edward Griffin, 59, was “violent and combative,” during the arrest and one officer and Griffin were both taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment, according to police.

Through the subsequent investigation, police determined that Griffin is allegedly also responsible for these burglaries:

May 4, 40 Washington Ave., Cedarhurst

May 3, 110 Cumberland Place, Lawrence
April 3, 343 Summit Ave., Cedarhurst
Jan. 4, 226 Oakwood Ave., Cedarhurst
Jan. 4, 335 Forest Ave., Woodmere
Jan. 4, 315 Forest Ave., Woodmere
Jan. 3, 120 North Wood Lane, Woodmere 
Jan. 2, 138 Hards Lane, Lawrence
Dec. 3, 2022, 235 Broadway, Lawrence
Oct. 27, 2022, 19 Pine Street, Woodmere
Oct. 20, 2022, 226 Oakwood Ave., Cedarhurst
June 29, 2022, 544 Monroe Street, Cedarhurst
May 15, 2022, 6 Lakeside Drive West, Lawrence
Jan, 4, 2022, 317 Linwood Ave., Cedarhurst
Dec. 17, 2021, 218 Linwood Road, Cedarhurst 

Griffin is charged with 15 counts of burglary, assault, three counts of attempted burglary, petit larceny, two counts of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and three counts of criminal trespassing. 

He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on May 8.