A Brooklyn man was charged with burglarizing a Shore Drive residence in Great Neck Estates on Tuesday morning, after a very brief chase and struggle with Nassau County and Great Neck Estates police officers, police said.
Donn Chung, 49, entered the Great Neck Estates home and removed several items, according to police. Detectives observed Chung entering a Gray 2008 Honda Civic and then chased him, the county police said.
Chung raced away, driving over a Cedar Drive property, which resulted in an estimated $1,000 in damage, before continuing onto Cedar Drive and crashing into a storm drain off of Ridge Drive East, county police said.
He then took off on foot and struggled with officers before being taken into custody, police said.
A Great Neck Estates Police Department spokeswoman said they don’t know if there is any indication that the man is connected with a string of recent car robberies, but that they are investigating.
Asked if she ever saw anything like this particular burglary though, she said, “We’ve had a few burglaries, but not like this.”
The officer said that the people of Great Neck Estates can rest easy, however, as “police were on the scene immediately” and the suspect has been apprehended.
Chung faces charges of burglary in the second degree, criminal mischief in the third degree and resisting arrest. County police also said Chung is under investigation in connection with other burglaries that occurred in Nassau County, including several in Port Washington.
Chung pleaded not guilty to the charges at his Wednesday arraignment. The case was adjourned to March 1.
Court representatives said Chung is currently being held. Bail is set at $40,000 and bond is at $75,000.