MINEOLA, N.Y. — Authorities have arrested a man who they say committed a dozen burglaries netting nearly $6,000 in the last three months on Long Island.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2e55quu ) 50-year-old Eric Barnett was arrested early Tuesday outside a supermarket in Hempstead by detectives who had been tailing him for days.

The Elmont man has been arrested 13 other times for burglaries and other crimes. Police say he first hit a grocery store in North Merrick on July 8 and then burglarized several other businesses. Police say he used a crowbar and a sawing tool to gain entry by making holes in the roofs of businesses during several of the heists.

His attorney said in court that despite Barnett’s long criminal history he hasn’t been in trouble for seven years.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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