By Danny Schrafel
A pair of masked, shotgun-packing men broke into a Tanyard Lane home in Huntington Tuesday afternoon, where police said the homeowner beat back the assailants with a table before fleeing.
A police dragnet was deployed early Tuesday evening as officers hunted for the suspects. Police sources said this was the second armed break-in in less than a week at that address.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, two men kicked in the door of the Tanyard Lane residence after pulling up in what was described as a late-model Honda with Virginia plates, a police spokesman said.
Officials said the suspects fled with money and other possessions.
After the incident, a half dozen squad cars blocked off the entrance to the Hillbrae community at the corner of West Neck Road and Tanyard Lane, across the street from the Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor United Methodist Church, as officers scoured the neighborhood and Huntington village in search of the culprits. A police helicopter could be heard hovering overhead, aiding in the hunt.
A police source said other suspects broke into the same house about a week ago. Five days earlier, at 3:30 p.m. on May 7, police records show that two men burglarized an occupied Tanyard Lane home and demanded money and other items after pulling what appeared to be a gun. They did not leave with money, but made off with drug paraphernalia, according to police.
Anyone with information on these cases can call the Second Squad at 631-854-8200.