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Update: Man Charged with Attempted Burglary of Shrub Oak Home

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The suspect was captured on surveillance video. Credits: Yorktown Police Department
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Editor's Note: This story has been updated.

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – The Yorktown Police Department has arrested the suspect in yesterday's attempted burglary of a Shrub Oak home.

Police said Paul Rivera, a 28-year-old Garrison resident, attempted to break into a home on Pine Court between 9–9:30 a.m. He was arrested around 1 p.m. Friday at his temporary residence on Spillway Road in Shrub Oak, police said.

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The incident prompted three Lakeland schools to enter lockout mode.

According to police, Rivera first attempted to enter the Pine Court home through a rear sliding door. When unsuccessful, he attempted to pry a lower rear door open using a shovel that was left outside by the homeowner. The homeowner then confronted Rivera, who fled the scene.

“He attempted to enter a residence unaware that the homeowner was home,” said Police Chief Robert Noble. He said Rivera made no threats and did not display a weapon.

In addition to the attempted Pine Court burglary, Rivera is also accused of attempting to break into another Shrub Oak home as well as theft of property from a parked car.

Rivera was charged with two counts of attempted burglary, a D felony; and fourth-degree grand larceny, an E felony.

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