By Frank Donnelly
October 19, 2013
An Eltingville man has served three prison stints for burglary-related convictions and may be on track for his fourth.
Craig Shea, 46, of Walden Avenue, was arrested Thursday and charged with burglarizing three Mid-Island homes dating back three months.
Shea's spree started on July 30, when he broke into a home on Eighth Street in New Dorp and swiped property valued at more than $1,000, said court papers.
A month later, on Aug. 29, he smashed in a door at a residence on Cannon Boulevard, New Dorp, court documents said.
Lastly, on Sept. 20, Shea illegally entered a home on the 300 block of Husson Street, Grant City, and stole valuables in excess of $1,000, said court records.
Shea sold a necklace he pinched in the first heist to a jewelry store, court documents said.
The suspect was charged with multiple felony counts of burglary, grand larveny and stolen-property possession, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan.
He's also accused of misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, criminal mischief and stolen-property possession.
Shea was just 20 years old when he was first imprisoned in January 1987, according to online records of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He was sentenced then to two to six years on attempted burglary convictions, those records show.
In May 1992, Shea returned upstate, sentenced to three and a half to seven years, again for attempted burglary.
In November 1996, he began serving a sentence of one and a half to three years on convictions of burglary, stolen-property possession and attempting to promote prison contraband.