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Riverhead Police have charged the same man arrested for the burglary of an Aquebogue home last month in connection with a robbery that occurred a a day earlier outside a West Main Street bank and three other crimes.

Police today charged Courtland E. Bonalde, 40, with the robbery of a man who had just withdrawn cash from an ATM at the Chase Bank branch at 7 West Main Street.

Riverhad Police detectives who had been investigating recent commercial burglaries and the robbery had developed Bonalde as a suspect, police said today in a press release.

Bonalde, who has been in the custody of the Suffolk County Sheriff since his July 23 arrest in the Aquebogue residential burglary, was today charged today with:

  • third-degree burglary in connection with the July 10 burglary of Pamper Nails at 435 Osborn Avenue;
  • third-degree burglary in connection with the July 11 burglary of Happy Cute Nails at 881 Old Country Road;
  • petit larceny in connection with the July 13 theft of tools from Lowes at 1461 Old Country Road; and
  • with second-degree robbery in connection with the July 15 robbery outside Chase Bank at 7 West Main Street.

Police on July 23 charged Bonalde and an accomplice, Rose Pittman, 43, both described by police as homeless, with the July 16 burglary.

Police have not announced any additional charges against Pittman.

Police said Bonalde was a homeless parolee who was sleeping in his vehicle in the Riverhead area prior to his arrest last month on the residential burglary charge.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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